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There are many ways to raise the money you need. Banks for example lend money to new businesses just starting out. They will need to be convinced that it is a sound business idea and that you will be able to repay the money borrowed. If you are considering moving into self employment and you receive benefits, you need to take advice before you decide what to do. You need to be fully informed before making any decisions about starting work because the rules about benefits and self-employment can be quite complicated. Don't be discouraged though! You may still be able to get some benefits to support you.

COBRA: Some report titles on this topic are:

Finance for Small Firms
A Guide to Grants - A Guide to applying for
Raising Finance to Start A New Business - A Guide to


Business help at GOV.UK

Blue Orchid

The Prince's Trust

British Venture Capital Association

British Business Angels

Shell LiveWIRE

PRIME (support for the over 50s)

J4B (grants)