Business advice

Useful organisations

Local organisations

BNI|External link  (Business Networking International )
Weekly networking meetings held at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.

Business For Calderdale|External link
Business for Calderdale is a not-for-profit association for local businesses within the Calderdale area. The objective is to provide the local business community for networking opportunities.

Calderdale College|External link
Local provider of further and higher education and training.

Calderdale Business Trust|External link
The Calderdale Business Trust Limited assists Small and Medium sized businesses in Calderdale.  They are a small and independent body, whose aim is to assist small and medium sized creditworthy businesses in Calderdale by providing loans for legitimate purposes.

Loans are provided as a last resort or in providing top-up finance when a lender cannot provide all of the assistance needed.

Community Foundation For Calderdale|External link
The Community Foundation for Calderdale is a registered charity that manages and distributes funds on behalf of individuals, companies, charitable trusts and statutory bodies to meet the needs of people living in the Calderdale area.

Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre|External link
Office space for new businesses particularly for innovative, creative, digital and design industries. Conferencing facilities available.

Halifax Opportunities Trust|External link
A charitable organisation set up to fly the flag for community based regeneration and renewal in Calderdale, working to create a vibrant, multi-cultural and self sustaining community.

Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce|External link
Based at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, The Mid Yorkshire Chamber offers membership services to support and connect your business. From networking events, International Trade support, marketing and PR opportunities, training, free legal advice and more the Chamber provides the support your business needs. The Chamber of Commerce also provides an important voice for the business community, lobbying hard on the issues that really matter.

Visit Calderdale|External link
Calderdale is real Yorkshire updated. From the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the '4th funkiest town in Europe' the old mixes with the new in splendid towns and villages surrounded by stunning scenery.

Wire Uk|External link  (Women In Rural Enterprise )
Regular local networking meetings for self employed women. Contact Sharon Mackle 01422 242129.

Workabout|External link
Recruitment and advice service on apprenticeships and employing young people from Calderdale and Kirklees Careers.

National organisations

Carbon Trust|External link
Provides information, guidance and promotional materials on carbon emissions and energy efficiency within businesses. Financial incentives include interest free loans and enhanced capital allowances.

Creative Industries Development Agency|External link  (CIDA)
CIDA support those working in all areas of the creative and cultural industries - in fact almost any creative sector you can think of!  If you're a creative individual, business or arts organisation looking for support to take your creative business or project further CIDA can help.

Energy Savings Trust|External link
Provides advice for businesses on vehicle fleets, greener vehicles and efficient driving.

Federation Of Small Businesses|External link
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 215,000 members across 33 regions and 230 branches.

Forward Ladies|External link
Forward Ladies is a business support network. We empower women in life and business through support and friendship.

Green Business Network|External link
An award winning not for profit business support organisation delivering environmental advice and projects.

Green Grants Machine|External link
Free directory on grants, loans and awards available to help businesses go green and save on energy bills.

HMRC|External link  (HM Revenue and Customs)
Includes information about the UK's customs and tax department and includes the prototype on-line VAT returns system.

Prince's Trust|External link
The Business Programme helps people between 18 - 30 to explore and test their business ideas, write business plans and start their own businesses or achieve alternative goals in education, training or work.

Step|External link
Step brings together students and graduates who want to gain valuable experience on real work placements with companies who want an injection of fresh ideas, talent and enthusiasm to inspire and build their business.

Textile Centre of Excellence|External link
The Textile Centre of Excellence is a £2 million development located on Leeds Road in Huddersfield, providing a wide range of 'state of the art' textile and clothing and production facilities, high quality training across a range of sectors and award winning multi-media meeting and conferencing facilities.

Train to Gain|External link
Offers impartial, government backed advice on training for your business. It can help businesses improve their productivity and competitiveness by ensuring that employees have the right skills to do the best job.

WRAP|External link
WRAP helps businesses to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources.

Yorkshire Association of Business Angels|External link
Yorkshire Association of Business Angels (YABA) is a unique regional forum which brings together the finance and expertise of Business Angels with entrepreneurs and their business ideas.

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