Recently we have seen the government try their best to offer support for pre-start and start-up businesses. If you intend on starting your own business then Business Link are most likely to be your first stop and rightly so as they can offer advice and support to businesses in every stage from pre-start to established.
Http://www.businesslink.co.uk is where you can look for advice on topics from marketing to finance, loans to business news, upcoming events and changes in the law.
Where else can we look though? Local councils have been issued with money to put into pre-start and start-up businesses this is the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI).
This is the link for LEGI http://www.neighbourhood.gov.uk/page.asp?id=1696 You can also refer to your local council website for further details and relevant people to contact.
Dependant on where you live, the government have also injected cash for rural areas, this is known as the Rural Development Agency (RDA) http://www.englandsrdas.com/ (I apologise if you live in any other area of the UK but this was the only link I could find).
Combined Business Link (currently offering up to £10,000 of funding!), LEGI and the RDA the government could really help support your business!!! The great part is the funding from the various agencies can cover; branding, marketing, office equipment, advertising, materials and much more!!!
If you are in the North East of England I can offer help and advice FREE regarding funding and funding agencies, or if you would just like a chat - email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org