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This section lists sources of business support available to businesses in Cambridgeshire.
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Business Link in the East of England
Business Link in the East of England is a government-funded service designed to promote enterprise in the East. With the aim of providing businesses with relevant services from both public and private sector sources, support is independent and impartial, and most services are provided free of charge. The Business Link East website contains more than 500 guides and 40 interactive business tools to help you start, run and grow your business. Business Link East delivers the Business Link service with funding provided by the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and is led by business people who have experience of running and managing businesses in the private sector. Business Link in The East of England is part of the national Business Link network.
Further information: www.businesslink.gov.uk/east Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 08457 171615
Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce
Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce is a business network enabling members to forge more links with companies across the county than any other membership-based business organisation in the region. The voice of local business, it is committed to the enhancement of economic prosperity and the quality of life throughout the whole of Cambridgeshire. It provides valuable networking opportunities for our members, assisting businesses of all sizes in increasing sales and cutting costs, while the policy team ensures that your views are represented to all levels of Government.
Further information: www.cambridgeshirechamber.co.uk
CBI (The Confederation of British Industry)
The Confederation of British Industry's objective is to help create and sustain the conditions in which the UK can compete and prosper. It exists to ensure that the government of the day, the European Commission and the wider community understand both the needs of British business and the contribution it makes to the wellbeing of UK society. The Confederation of British Industry is a non-profit making, non-party political organisation funded by subscription.
Further information: http://www.cbi.org.uk/ndbs/regions.nsf/802737aed3e3420580256706005390ae/37c5152151ed27a980256731005ddbce?opendocument CBI East of England, 7 Kings Court, Willie Snaith Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7SG. Tel: 01638 242 400
FSB (Federation of Small Businesses)
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 210,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.
Further information: www.fsb.org.uk/bedscambsherts
Anglia Ruskin University’s Business Services team
Every year Anglia Ruskin University helps at least 2,000 organisations to innovate, develop and grow; our experienced, dedicated Business Services team are keen to work with you to create the best solutions for your business.
Further information: http://business.anglia.ac.uk/business-support.cfm
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them. Depending on the outcome of this process, the programme can then offer mentoring support and, for those that really need it, financial support to start a business or mentoring support to secure goals in employment, education or training.
Further information: www.princes-trust.org.uk/need_help/enterprise_programme.aspx