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Business start-up help in Dudley

Business starts here

Let us help you get your business off the ground

  • This service was awarded with the FSB 'Highly Commended Best Small Business Friendly programme or campaign'.

Karen Woolley, Development Manager for FSB, said:

“We were delighted to award Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council with a Highly Commended award at the FSB’s Local Authority Small Business Friendly Awards on 30th September for its work around its ‘Business Starts Here’ Programme.  This is an excellent example of a dedicated business support package aimed at helping a business to get off the ground.  There is often lots of support available to established businesses but when a budding entrepreneur has that initial idea they would like to form into a business, it is often difficult for them to know where to start.  This initiative really hits the spot on bridging that all important gap.”

How can we help?


Have you always wanted to be your own boss but aren’t sure where to start? Business starts here can direct you towards the free support, information and facilities that can help turn your idea into a fully fledged business.

What’s On Offer?


Free access to:

• One-to-one advice from experts
• Book an appointment with an expert from a local business support organisation, and find out more about free local workshops on offer.
• COBRA - The complete online business reference advisor 
• The latest information and advice on starting your own business, including:
• Start up guides
• Business opportunity profiles
• Business information factsheets
• Details of courses, qualifications and training providers
• Guides to micro finance schemes, local business subsidies, and local business support
• Details of acts, regulations and local trading licenses
• Details of associations, federations and trade organisations
• Signposting to trade-specific publications, events, reports and guides
• Guides to small business management subjects
• UK market synopses
• Local area profiles

• Collections of business books and directories
• Leaflets and Information on local business support organisations
• Newspapers
• Business Start up packs
• Fax, printing and photocopying facilities (small charge for these services)
• Free Wifi
• 4 hours computer access per day, with staff on hand to help


Make an appointment with a business expert
Ages 18-30 ring Prince’s Trust 07717 153 838
Ages 30 plus ring Access to Business 01902 572398

How to find us

Business Starts Here - Dudley Library - First Floor, St James’s Road, Dudley, DY1 1HR

For further information on starting your own business visit: http://www.dudley.gov.uk/resident/libraries-archives/libraries/information-services/starting-a-business/

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