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ACAS – Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service For employment dispute issues www.acas.org.uk
Better Payment Practice Group Online guide on late payment issues www.payontime.co.uk
British Bankers' Association The voice of the banking industry for all banks who operate within the UK www.bba.org.uk
BSI Group Information on inspection standards, product testing, Kitemark accreditation www.bsi.org.uk
Business Eye/Llygad Busnes (Wales) Business advice for Welsh businesses www.businesseye.org.uk
Business Gateway (Scotland) Advice for businesses in Scotland www.bgateway.com
Business Link An easy-to-use service providing practical advice www.businesslink.gov.uk
Community Development Finance Association (cdfa) Tailored and hands-on financial support to small businesses that need extra help www.cdfa.org.uk
Companies House Makes available (for a fee) company accounts, but also maintains a list (freely accessible) of disqualified directors www.companieshouse.gov.uk
Companies Limited Fee-based help to register a UK Limited company www.companies-limited.co.uk
Customs and Excise Information General advice on overseas trade statistics www.uktradeinfo.com
Disability Rights Commission An independent body established to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people www.odi.gov.uk
Franchise Information Comprehensive source of franchising information www.franchiseinfo.co.uk
Get Safe Online A joint government and private sector venture initiative aimed at helping consumers and small businesses use the internet safely www.getsafeonline.org
Grants and Support Directory Search for potential sources of help with starting up, running or developing your business www.businesslink.gov.uk
Health and Safety Executive For information on health and safety compliance www.hse.gov.uk
HM Revenue & Customs For information on income tax, capital allowance, National Insurance, customs and excise duty and VAT www.hmrc.gov.uk
Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Professional body for Trade Mark attorneys in the UK www.itma.org.uk
The Lending Code The Lending Code sets minimum standards of good practice that banks, building societies and credit card providers should follow when dealing with personal and micro-enterprise customers. www.bba.org.uk
NFEA For advice on key areas of setting up your business www.nfea.com
Patent office Responsible for intellectual property in the UK www.ipo.gov.uk
PERA Provides businesses with help to develop technological solutions and strategies www.pera.com
Reduce the Use Bringing small businesses into the environment www.reducetheuse.co.uk
Scottish Enterprise Agency Help for businesses in Scotland www.scottish-enterprise.com
Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative Aims to increase the success of small business through access to learning assistance and improving standards of support provision www.sfedi.co.uk
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) A leading adviser in the small business community www.accaglobal.com
The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents. Help to find a patent agent if you need to patent a product www.cipa.org.uk
The Information Commissioner An independent official appointed by the Crown to oversee the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk
The Patent Office Offers an accessible service for granting intellectual property rights www.patent.gov.uk
The Prince's Trust Supports 18-30-year-olds wishing to start businesses through low-interest loans, business planning, grants and mentors www.princes-trust.org.uk
The Telegraph Business Club Promotes best practice for growing businesses through up-to-the-minute articles and case studies www.telegraphbusinessclub.co.uk
UK Trade & Investment Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk

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