NATIONAL BUSINESS SERVICES

This section covers useful addresses and contacts throughout the UK. It is organised aphabetically for ease of use. The list on the left is addresses, the list to right is useful web sites. just click on the link to go there. The list is quite extensive and you will have to scroll to find the right site.

Where a postcode has a line under it simply click on the postcode to be taken to a location map of the listed service - to return to the fastlinksolutions site click the BACK button in your browser bar, at the top.

To return to the Business Contacts page, simply press the yellow button at the top left of this page.

ACAS

Independent and impartial advice on employment issues. Some ACAS publications are available online.

www.acas.org.uk

British Chambers of Commerce

Lists member chambers of the BCC, press releases, publications, and current activities.

www.britishchambers.org.uk

Connect for Best Practice

Put together by the DTI Management Best Practice Directorate to improve the competitive position of SMEs, CONNECT is a series of case studies on best practice in different industries.

www.connectbestpractice.com

The Department of Trade and Industry

Wide range of information on different industries, including guidance on regulations and help for new & small businesses.

www.dti.gov.uk

Enterprise Zone

Gateway to business information for SMEs, with links to sites dealing with finance, IT, marketing, human resources, export and other key issues.

www.enterprisezone.org.uk

Environment Agency

News, regulatory and technical guidance. Includes information about pollution prevention and waste minimisation.

www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Health & Safety Executive

Health & safety issues in the workplace, including relevant publications, research, campaigns & press releases.

www.hse.gov.uk

The Patent Office

Guidance on applying for patents and trade marks. Also, looks at copyright issues.

www.patent.gov.uk

Regional Supply Network

National network, funded by the DTI, to help companies find the most competitive and relevant sources of supply. Includes case studies of companies who have used the service.

www.rsn.org.uk

Small business Service

Useful information and links from the Government's new Small Business Service.

www.businessadviceonline.org.uk

Trade Partners UK

Includes information on variety of countries and contains useful contacts. It is also possible to search a trade fair database by country, sector or time.

www.tradepartners.gov.uk

Trade UK

British Trade International's Internet service for international buyers and UK exporters. Search the database to locate overseas export partners, suppliers or buyers.

www.tradeuk.com

VAT

News, publications and official forms from Customs and Excise.

www.hmce.gov.uk/bus/vat/

Association of British Insurers

http://www.abi.org.uk

Association of Consulting Engineers

http://www.acenet.co.uk

BIZ Site

An index of useful UK-relevant business information, products and services.

http://www.thebiz.co.uk/

British Chambers of Commerce

http://www.britishchambers.org.uk

British Computer Society

http://www.bcs.org.uk

British Insurance and Investment Brokers' Association

http://www.biiba.org.uk

British Venture Capital Association

http://www.brainstorm.co.uk/BVCA

The Business Bureau (UK)

Valuable information for small business entrpreneurs - including a Web business directory.

http://www.u-net.com/bureau/

Business Information Sources on the Internet

A guide to approximately 450 selected business information sources on the Net.

http://www.dis.strath.ac.uk/business/index.html

CAROL Site

Free access to European Company Annual Reports.

http://www.carol.co.uk

Central Computer and Communication Agency

Services, events, publications, government tenders and technology developments.

http://www.open.gov.uk/ccta/cctahome.htm

Central Office of Information

http://www.coi.gov.uk/coi/

Commission for Racial Equality

http://www.open.gov.uk/cre/crehome.htm

Companies House Site

http://companies-house.gov.uk/

Department of the Environment

http://www.open.gov.uk/doe/doehome.htm

Design Council Site

Site of the national body promoting design and product development

http://www.design-council.org.uk

Dun & Bradstreet

http://www.dunandbrad.co.uk/

East Midlands Net

The first East Midlands based search engine, listing thousands of Business Web Sites in the region.

http://www.eastmidlands.net/

EC's Innovation Programme

Information on all aspects of the EC's innovation initiatives.

http://www.cordis.lu/innovation/home.html

EMNET Site

EMNET provide e-commerce solutions to businesses, utilising European Government support to provide a subsidised service.

http://www.emnet.co.uk

Employment Service

http://www.open.gov.uk/dfee/emp/eshome.htm

Engineering Council

http://www.engc.org.uk

Enterprise Zone

The official gateway site for all business information

http://www.enterprisezone.org.uk

Environment Agency

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Environmental Management Site

http://www.peoples.ac.uk/ems

Europages Site

The European Business Directory provides listings of over 15,000 European suppliers.

http://www.europages.com

European Commission Site

The Economic and Financial Affairs home page.

http://www.cec.org.uk/

EURO Site

Official government site addressing Economic Monetary Union (EMU) and Euro issues

http://www.euro.gov.uk

Export Market Information Centre

The Government's free online library service for exporters

http://www.dti.gov.uk/ots/emic/

Freepages

A directory of 1.6million UK businesses.

http://www.freepages.co.uk

FTSE 100 Site

The FTSE Top 100 companies site.

http://www.ftse.com/

Government Information Services

Comprehensive web site including all the latest central government news and changes to legislation

http://www.open.gov.uk/

Hansard (House of Commons Debates)

http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm/cmhansard.htm

Hansard (House of Lords Debates)

http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/ld199697/ldhansrd/pdvn/home.htm

Inland Revenue

http://www.open.gov.uk/inrev/

Innovation Site

Governments site exploring the importance of innovation and how the best companies utilise it.

http://www.innovation.gov.uk

Internet Primer and Business Guide

An introduction and guide to the internet for businesses.

http://www.uu.net/primer.htm

MDU Site

Greater Nottingham Training and Enterprise Council's Management Development Unit site

http://www.tec.co.uk/gntec/

Millennium UK Business Directory

Addresses and telephone numbers of over 60,000 UK companies.

http://www.milfac.co.uk/milfac/

Office of Fair Trading

http://www.open.gov.uk/oft/ofthome.htm

Office for National Statistics

http://www.ons.gov.uk/

Overseas Trade Site

The DTI site set up to help UK businesses take full advantage of overseas business opportunities

http://www.dti.gov.uk/ots/

Patent Office

http://www.patent.gov.uk

Small Business Service (SBS) National Gateway

http://www.businessadviceonline.org/

Trade Association Site

Providing access to those UK Trade Associations with an Internet presence

http://www.brainstorm.co.uk/TANC/

Trade UK site

The definitive site for UK importers and exporters

http://www.tradeuk.com

UK Chambers of Commerce

Links to the UK Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

http://www.dialindustry.co.uk/

UK tradeinfo

Comprehensive Customs and Excise web site for export / import

http://www.uktradeinfo.com/

UK Government Search Engine

http://www.open.gov.uk/search/search.htm

ACAS

Advisory Concilliation & Arbitration Services. Clifton House, 83 -117 Euston Road, London, NW1 2RB.

Tel: 0171 396 5100

Association of British Chambers of Commerce

Manning House, 22 Carlisle Place, London, SW1P 1JA.

Tel: 0171 565 2000

Association of Independent Businesses

38 Bow Lane, London, EC4M 9AY.

Tel: 0171 329 0219

Banking Ombudsman

70 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8NB.

Tel: 0171 404 9944

British Franchising Association

Franchise Chamber, Thames View, Newtown Road, Henley on Thames, Oxon. RG9 1HG.

Tel: 01491 578049

British Technology Group

10 Fleet Place, Limeburner Road, London. EC4M 7SB.

Tel: 0171 403 6666

Business in the Community

8 Stratton Street, Mayfair, London. W1X 6AH.

Tel: 0171 224 1600

Business Names Registration PLC

Somerset House, Temple Street, Birmingham. B2 5DN.

Tel: 0121 643 0227

Chartered Institute of Patent Agents

Staple Inn Buildings, High Holborn, London. WC1V 7PV.

Tel: 0171 405 9450