20 Feb 2017
Being a Business Start-Up can be a nerve-wracking experience, with so much to do and so many questions you need answers to. The good news is, you don’t need to do it completely alone. There are a surprising amount of local and national organisations willing to give valuable advice, help, support and mentoring for new business owners, and a lot of it is free.
Our advice is to therefore take full advantage of the support these organisations are offering. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best providers of advice for business start-ups in Hertford:
Wenta provides professional support for start ups in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. They run free courses for people who want to start their own business, covering topics such as self-employment, social media, marketing, and the practicalities of setting up a company. In addition to assisting with access to grants for Start-Ups, Wenta also offer a mentor scheme, consultancy services and free business planning tools.
My Incubator Ventures is a web-based business advice service is available free of charge to anyone living in Hertfordshire. Funded by councils across the county, the service allows you to get instant business advice by speaking to mentors, as well as giving you the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs, get peer support and access useful business templates.
Although the number of women setting up their own business is on the rise, they still lag behind the number of male entrepreneurs. Women in Enterprise website signposts organisations that specifically help women who run their own companies, including advice about finance, confidence, and practical issues which are problematic for many women, such as childcare.
For a small monthly fee, entrepreneurs can access a wide variety of training resources, advice, forums, webinars and networking groups, as well as getting discounts on workshops and courses at Enterprise Nation.
At British Library Business & Intellectual Property Centre, entrepreneurs and SMEs can get access to company databases, market research, directories, reports and publications free of charge. The British Library also run workshops on a range of business and marketing topics, and provide advice about copyright, patenting and trademarking.
Federation of Small Business is a membership organisation that gives advice and support to small businesses about all aspects of running a business, including finance, HR and legal. It also offers members valuable financial services, including banking and loans.
Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is a privately run membership organisation which works with local businesses to help them grow their profile and connect with other organisations locally, nationally and globally.
The Prince’s Trust provides support, funding and resources for 18-30 year olds who are currently unemployed or working part-time, but who want to set up their own businesses. And even if you’re over 30, you can still download their useful business tools, e.g. writing a business plan, elevator pitches and marketing.
offers advice, support and discussion forums for entrepreneurs aged between 16-30.
Start Up Loans is a government-backed company that provides low interest personal loans of up to £25,000 to help you get your business off the ground, as well as business support and 12 months’ free mentoring for loan recipients.
If you are starting your own business in Hertford and are looking for affordable shared serviced office space then you are welcome to find out more about our hot desking office space available at The UOE Hub Hertford. Conveniently located in Maidenhead Street in the centre of Hertford above the post office.