References
This section provides a handy list of further reading and names and
addresses of organizations. The inclusion of any commercial organization
in this section is not to be taken as a recommendation. You must rely on
the usual precautions, for example taking up references.
Useful web sites
The Internet is a handy source of information, news and advice. Three sites
worth investigating are my company’s web sites www.smallbusiness.co.uk,
www.growthbusiness.co.uk and taxguide.co.uk. Also have a look at:
www.britishchambers.org.uk
www.businesslink.gov.uk
www.bvca.co.uk (funding)
www.bbaa.org.uk (business angels)
www.companieshouse.gov.uk
www.bis.gov.uk/employment (employment law)
www.hmrc.gov.uk (tax and VAT)
www.frc.org.uk/asb/technical/frsse.cfm (accounting rules for small businesses)
www.statistics.gov.uk (government statistics)
www.data.gov.uk (government data)
www.legislation.gov.uk (UK legislation)
www.contractsnder.businesslink.gov.uk (government contracts)
www.netregs.gov.uk (environmental regulations)
www.number10.gov.uk/the-coalition/the-government/ (government
departments)
Directory web sites
Kellys: www.kellysearch.co.uk
Kompass: http://gb.kompass.com
Yell: www.yell.com
Thomson Directories: www.thomsonlocal.com
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Search engines
www.thesearchenginelist.com
www.alltheweb.com (part of Yahoo!)
www.bing.com
http://uk.ask.com
www.google.co.uk
www.lycos.co.uk
www.ukdirectory.co.uk
www.webcrawler.com
http://uk.yahoo.com
Web sites with businesses for sale
Business For Sale: www.businessesforsale.com
Dalton’s Weekly: www.daltonsbusiness.com
Nationwide Businesses: www.nationwidebusinesses.co.uk
RightBiz: www.rightbiz.co.uk
Web sites with information about vacant premises
www.startinbusiness.co.uk
Web sites selling mailing lists
http://marketingle.com
www.businessmailing.co.uk
Networking sites
www.facebook.com
www.linkedin.com
www.twitter.com
Search engine optimization and social media
marketing
www.seomoz.org/learn-seo
www.seop.com/social-media-marketing
Mobile computing
www.pcmag.com
References 445
www.which.co.uk/Computer_Reviews
www.which.co.uk/publications/magazines/which-computing
Business support schemes
www.businesslink.gov.uk (England)
http://business.wales.gov.uk (Wales)
www.bgateway.com (Scotland)
www.investni.com (Northern Ireland)
https://ktn.innovateuk.org/web/guest/home (knowledge transfer)
www.innovateuk.org (research and development)
www.ktponline.org.uk (knowledge transfer)
www.mas.bis.gov.uk (manufacturing)
www.ukti.gov.uk (exporting)
Contacts
Access Northern Ireland, PO Box 1085, Belfast BT5 9BD. Tel: 028 9025
9100. www.dojni.gov.uk/accessni
Accountant: to nd one, look in Yellow Pages under ‘Accountants’; or for a
list of members in your area, see separate entries for Association of Chartered
Certied Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Accounting Standards Board, part of the Financial Reporting Council. www.
frc.org.uk/asb
Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Mid City Place, 71 High Holborn,
London WC1V 6QT. Tel: 020 7492 2222. www.asa.org.uk
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). Helpline (employ-
ment queries): 08457 47 47 47. Publications 08702 42 90 90. CP01 Disciplinary
and grievance procedures www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2174.
www.acas.org.uk
Apprenticeships. Tel: 08000 150 600. www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Association of British Insurers (ABI), 51 Gresham Street, London EC2V
7HQ. Tel: 020 7600 3333. www.abi.org.uk
Association of Chartered Certied Accountants, 29 Lincoln’s Inn Fields,
London WC2A 3EE. Tel: 020 7059 5000. www.acca.co.uk
Association of Colleges. Tel: 020 7034 9900. www.aoc.co.uk/en/about_colleges
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Association of Consulting Actuaries, St Clement’s House, 27–28Clement’s
Lane, London EC4N 7AE. Tel: 0203207 9380. www.aca.org.uk
Association of Taxation Technicians, 1st Floor, Artillery House, 11–19
Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RT. Tel: 020 7340 0551. www.att.org.uk
Audit Bureau of Circulations, Saxon House, 211 High Street, Berkhamsted,
Hertfordshire HP4 1AD. Tel: 01442 870800. www.abc.org.uk
Bankruptcy Association, FREEPOST LA1118, 4 Johnson Close, Lancaster
LA1 5BR. Tel: 01539 469474 (weekdays 10am–12.30pm). www.theba.org.uk
Battery Compliance Scheme. www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/
regulation/107939.aspx
Better Payment Practice Campaign. www.payontime.co.uk
British Bankers’ Association (BBA), Publications Unit, Pinners Hall, 105–108
Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1EX. Tel: 020 7216 8800. www.bba.org.uk
British Business Angels’ Association (BBAA), 100 Pall Mall, St James,
London SW1Y 5NQ. Tel: 020 7321 5669. www.bbaa.org.uk
British Chambers of Commerce, Oak Tree Court, Binley Business
Park, Harry Weston Road, Coventry CV3 2UN. Tel: 024 7644 6615.
www.britishchambers.org.uk
British Exporters’ Association, Broadway House, Tothill Street, London
SW1H 9NQ. Tel: 020 7222 5419. www.bexa.co.uk
British Franchise Association (BFA), Centurion Court, 85f Milton Park,
Abingdon OX14 4RY. Tel: 01235 820470. www.thebfa.org
British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), 8th Floor, John Stow House,
18 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7JB. Consumer Helpline: 0870 950 1790.
www.biba.org.uk
British Library Business and Intellectual Property Enquiries, St Pancras, 96
Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Tel: 020 7412 7676. Document Supply:
Customer Services, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 7BQ. Tel:
01937 546060. www.bl.uk
British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA), 1st Floor
North, Brettenham House, Lancaster Place, London WC2E 7EN. Tel: 020
7420 1800. www.bvca.co.uk
British Rate and Data (BRAD). Subscription sales, Tel: 020 7728 4315. www.
bradinsight.com

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