Helpful organisationsHelpful Organisations

Employment 

Lancashire County Council Employment Support Service
Tel: 01257 516037
Email: employment.services@lancashire.gov.uk
Website: www.lancashire.gov.uk

Jobcentre Plus
Tel: 0845 6060 234
Textphone: 0845 6055 255
Website: www.gov.uk or www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

Young Peoples’ Service (11-25)
Lancashire County Council
Tel: 01772 531781
Email: yps@lancashire.gov.uk
Website: www.yps.lancashire.gov.uk
Twitter: @LancashireYPS

Support with Employment, Kendal
Tel: 01539 735025
Email: enquiries@oakleatrust.co.uk
Website: www.oakleatrust.co.uk

Positive Steps into Work, Blackpool
Tel: 0800 073 2007
Email: info@positivestepsintowork.org
Website: www.positivestepsintowork.org

Remploy
Tel: 0845 155 2700
Minicom: 0845 155 0532
Email: info@remploy.co.uk
Website: www.remploy.co.uk

Shaw Trust
Tel: 0300 3033 111
Typetalk: 18002 0845 605 2045
Email: workchoice@shaw-trust.org.uk
Website: www.shaw-trust.org.uk

Ormerod Employment Services based in St Annes
Tel: 01253 642808
Website: www.ormerodtrust.org.uk/You+in+your+community/Employment 

Inspire 2 Independence
Website: www.enteri2i.com 

Business Link Northwest
Website: www.isbe.org.uk/BLNW 

Citizen Advice Centre
Offer support for Self-employment plus a checklist of things to do.
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Tax)
Helps with all things to do with tax including self-employment.
Website: www.hmrc.gov.uk 


Self Employment 

Job Centre Plus
You can visit your local Job Centre or:
Tel: 0345 604 3719
Website: www.gov.uk/browse/working/finding-job

Citizen Advice Bureau
Are able to offer support for Self-employment plus they can provide a checklist of things to do. You can visit you local office or the website.
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Business Venture Group (BVG)
BVG offer advice on what you need to think about when starting up a business and on how to put together a business plan through a series of FREE ½ day workshops. They offer advice on your business plan and provide mentoring support when you are starting up. They also provide business advice and networking events. These help you network with other entrepreneurs and obtain advice from professionals. Tel: 01772 422242
Email: post@bvg.org.uk
Website: www.bvg.org.uk

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Tax)
Offer the first steps to register as self-employed.
Website: www.hmrc.gov.uk 

Business Link Northwest
Website: www.isbe.org.uk/BLNW 

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy
Tel: 01628 563114
Website: www.pjea.org.uk

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Guide to Self Employment – In Business
Website: www.learningdisabilities.org.uk/our-work/employment-education/in-business 


Social Enterprise

Northern Lights
This service is part of Futures at UCLan. It provides support to students, graduates and businesses, particularly small and medium sized organisations throughout the North West, via a range of initiatives. Through their support programme and facilities they can offer access to: workspace, where you can rent either a desk or an office (subject to availability); use of computers with broadband access, telephone, fax and printing facilities; a boardroom and/or meeting room (again subject to availability); one-to-one business mentoring and group learning sessions; and networking events and business competitions. Tel: 01772 895950
Email: northernlights@uclan.ac.uk
Website: www.uclan.ac.uk/northern_lights

UnLtd Millennium Awards
UnLtd provide practical and financial support to social entrepreneurs. Requirement: A business plan and costing. Once received UnLtd will assess whether to award any funding. If successful, funding will be received via staged payments in arrears (as reimbursement for money spent). This is conditional upon receiving receipts to prove the money has been spent. In addition, UnLtd will review your business to help ensure it succeeds. Tel: 0207 566 1100
Website: www.unltd.org.uk

Leonard Cheshire Disability
Tel: 020 3242 0200
Email: info@LCDisability.org
Website: www.lcdisability.org

Thumbprint
Thumbprint is based at the Cornerstone, Lancaster. Thumbprint helps people with learning disabilities to set up and run projects.
Tel: 015242 63084
Website: www.thumb.org.uk

Brothers of Charity
They provide a wide range of employment opportunities for people of all abilities in central Lancashire.
Tel: 01257 266311
Email: info@brothersofcharity.org.uk
Website: www.brothersofcharity.org.uk 

Learning Together North West Ltd
A social enterprise which trains people in disability awareness and works with adults with learning disabilities.
Tel: 07951 500945
Email: learningtogether.nw@gmail.com
Website: www.learningtogethernw.org

Social Enteprise Lancashire Network – Selnet
Selnet helps people set up a social enterprise and give advice.
Tel: 01772 200690
Website: www.selnet-uk.com 

Get Started
Get Started is a ‘start your own’ business information service, based in Blackpool.
Tel: 01253 477147
email: getstarted@blackpool.gov.uk
Website: www.blackpoolunlimited.com

Social Enterprise Solutions
Supports individuals, community groups, charities and the public sector in the development of social businesses.
Tel:  01253 344123
Website: www.socialenterprisesolutions.co.uk 

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
The Foundation for people with Learning Disabilities have written some great business development information packs including how to write a business plan and how to develop your business idea.
Tel: 020 7803 1100
Website: www.learningdisabilities.org.uk/our-work/employment-education/in-business

Enterprising People in Ribble Valley
Enterprising People in Ribble Valley offers free, confidential, 1:1 mentoring support for local people and organisations with ideas they want to make happen.
Tel: 01200 323992
Website: www.enterprisingpeople.org.uk

Funding Ideas
Help to find money to grow your social enterprise.
Tel: 020 7186 2500
Email: enquiries@bigsocietycapital.com
Website: www.bigsocietycapital.com 

The Big Lottery Fund Social Enterprise Scheme
Email: researchandlearning@biglotteryfund.org.uk
Website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk