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redhead
22-03-2004, 01:02 PM
I want to start my own jewellery business on the internet, but don't have enough money to 'get on with it' What can I do?

Statler
24-03-2004, 09:45 AM
Hi,

Have you developed a business plan? A thorough, well-researched business plan is often the key to securing financial assistance, and the majority of business support organisations will ask to see one before deciding whether or not to provide you with a grant/loan.

The availability of funding differs from region to region and from project to project. It will be best to seek advice and information from your local business support organisation.

Try the most relevant of the following:

Business Link (England)
www.businesslink.gov.uk

Business Connect (Wales)
www.businessconnect.org.uk

Business Gateway (Scotland)
www.bgateway.com

Invest Northern Ireland
www.investni.com

The Economic Development department at your local council (http://www.oultwood.com/) may also be a good source of information about grants and loans. In addition, local enterprise agencies (http://www.nfea.com/index.htm?page=find_lea.htm) and the Prince's Trust (http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/) may also be able to help.

If you register online with Shell LiveWIRE at http://www.shell-livewire.org/cgi-bin/register.pl (this is different to registering for the Mentor system) you will be able to access a great deal of relevant information within the Be Your Own Boss section, including articles on Finance and Funding.

Lee