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Business support and advice

Please see our coronavirus - business support pages for grant information and our business recovery page for advice and support on getting back to trading. 

For a wide range of information directed at businesses and the self-employed, go to GOV.UK’s website.

Gloucestershire has a Local Economic Partnership, or LEP, called GFirst, which is a public private partnership which leads on economic development within the County. For more information, please:

Business support services

To find government-backed support and finance for business, including: grants; finance and loans; business support eg mentoring, consultancy, an funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups please visit:

Gloucestershire Growth Hub

The Growth Hub is a partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and GFirst LEP, here to help any business in Gloucestershire realise its potential and grow regardless of sector or size.

It is the focal point for ambitious businesses which are seeking the relevant information, guidance, support, expertise, finance, knowledge and experience they need to grow. It can help them scale up, boost performance and find new ways of working. For more information please visit the:

Open to Export

Open to Export is a community driven service for small and medium sized businesses, looking for help and support in exporting from the UK. For more information please visit the:

Princes Trust

Help for 14-30 years olds to build confidence, gain skills and start their own business. Please:

Co-operative futures

Free business advice and support service to groups of people wanting to set up a co-operative or other form of social enterprise. Please:

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. The FSB offers its members assistance and support 24 hours a day. Membership fees are £70 per year for a sole trader, then based on a sliding scale according to number of employees. Please:

Energy advice line

Impartial advice to help Small and Medium Enterprises save money on energy bills. Please:

National Farmers Union (NFU)

An organisation representing farmers and growers in England and Wales. As well as representing its members' interests, the NFU provides a wide range of services to them including help with legal, planning and taxation matters, marketing and food promotion. Please:

County Land and business Association (CLA)

Safeguarding the interests of private landowners and rural businesses, the CLA have two main functions; exerting political pressure through authoritative briefing and lobbying of policy members and providing the advice services for their members. Please:

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks Foundation was set up in 2001 to help people who aspire to run their own business but are unable to obtain the necessary support to do so. Most of Fredericks Clients choose self-employment as the best (and sometimes the only), route out of benefit-dependency.

As a result of the economic downturn, as well as helping people off benefits, Fredericks Foundation has branched out to assist existing companies in need of finance who are unable to obtain it from their bank. Please:

Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited

Gloucestershire Enterprise Limited is the local Enterprise Agency for Gloucestershire and operates on a not-for-profit, social enterprise basis.  

Its purpose is to provide organisations in the county with access to a wide range of services that will meet their needs in the short, medium and longer term, either through direct delivery or via our partners. Please:

Legal assistance

This is a resource for finding solicitors in Gloucestershire providing legal support and advice on all business matters. Please:

Start and Grow Enterprise

Start and Grow Enterprise is a project supporting entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in Gloucestershire. The project can support anyone with a business idea, and existing start-ups trading up to 3 years. Start and Grow offers free training, events, networks and resources, plus access to mentoring, co-working space, and the opportunity to apply for funding.

Start and Grow Enterprise is a University of Gloucestershire programme, part-funded by ERDF, and will run until December 2019. We are based at The Growth Hub in Gloucester.

Find out more and sign up:

Follow on social media for the latest start-up news and events @UoGStartandGrow


Call: 01242 715477

Innovation 4 Growth

Available to both small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large companies, the Innovation 4 Growth scheme will part fund research and development projects with grants of between £25,000 and £150,000.

Financed by the UK government’s Regional Development Fund, it will help businesses develop new or improved products, technologies, processes or services - safeguarding existing, or creating additional, jobs as a result.


This allows the public to find local and reliable Accountants, Solicitors, Independent Financial Advisers and Mortgage Advisers. To search please: