Where do I turn to for business support?

Where do I turn to for business support?

One of the first and foremost reasons why Love Business was founded was to connect the many fantastic SMEs we have across the East Midlands region with the organisations that can support them, to help them grow.

Over the years, the event has grown and grown, but that original ethos, to bring together businesses with funding, skills and support organisations all under the same roof, has remained the same.

2020 will be no exception. We this week announced we have sold out all the stands in the two main exhibition areas – The Turing Hall and the Babbage Hall – and have only limited stands left in the FSB’s VIP networking area.

So, if you want to book a stand, you’d better get your skates on.

In the meantime, if you’re planning on paying us a visit, you can expect the same blend of information, networking, expert talks and access to business support that Love Business has built its reputation.

With this in mind, here’s our guide to what the business support landscape looks like in the East Midlands, and how your business can get the support it needs to succeed and grow...

Chamber of Commerce

East Midlands Chamber is the leading business organisation in the East Midlands. It offers members extensive networking opportunities and a wide range of services to help them prosper and grow. For further information and contact details see www.emc-dnl.co.uk

Growth Hubs

There are a number of different support packages available to help your business grow but finding what is right for your business can be confusing. Whether you need funding to expand or guidance on the latest legislation or improvements to your business processes, Growth Hubs are there to steer you in the right direction. For more details, visit www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk or www.llepbizgateway.co.uk.

The Federation of Small Businesses

The UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. For a full range of member benefits and details of the local branch, visit www.fsb.org.uk/regions/east-midlands


This website provides information on government services for start-up and established businesses covering such things as business tax, premises and business rates and importing/exporting. For further details, see www.gov.uk.

Department for International Trade

GREAT.gov.uk is the UK Government’s single destination for information on trade, investment, tourism and education. The service is provided by the Department for International Trade (www.gov.uk/dit), Visit Britain (www.visitbritain.org) and the British Council (https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org)

HM Revenue and Customs

The HMRC website provides information about all aspects of tax and VAT for start-up and existing businesses - www.hmrc.gov.uk.

Innovate UK

The UK’s innovation agency, supporting businesses and driving growth across the UK by a variety of programmes through both direct support and through collaborative and knowledge sharing programmes. Its Innovation Voucher and SMART grant schemes are examples of direct support for SMEs. For further information, see www.innovateuk.gov.uk.

First Enterprise Business Agency

First Enterprise is a leading business support organisation meeting the needs of pre-start and existing business owners in Nottingham and throughout the East Midlands. For information, visit www.first-enterprise.co.uk.

NBV Enterprise Solutions

NBV is a not for profit organisation with experience in providing business advice and training for those considering starting a business as well as established businesses looking to grow. See www.nbv.co.uk.

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