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Finance, trading and grants advice

Trade barriers

A trade barrier is something that slows down or stops a company from exporting goods or services to an overseas market. The Department for International Trade (DIT) has an online service where businesses can check if there are any trade barriers in their chosen market.

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BizBritain provides start up loans and advice for entrepreneurs.

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British Business Bank

A government-owned business development bank dedicated to making finance markets work better for smaller businesses looking for finance to start a business, grow to the next level, or stay ahead of the competition, we’re delivering greater volume and choice of finance.

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Venturefest Oxford

Learn more about this major annual event for local entrepreneurs to meet investors.

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Export marketing advice

Advice and financial assistance for overseas market research: where and how to invest, potential customers, pricing. Apply to the British Chambers of Commerce. Telephone: 020 7654 5800.

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Managing cash flow

Short guides on managing cash flow, developed by the Institute of Credit Management and funded by Government.

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Business payment support service

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) help with payment options for businesses struggling to pay tax and National Insurance bills because of temporary cash flow difficulties.

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Business Debtline

Free and independent advice on how to deal with business debt.  Telephone: 0800 197 6026

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The FSE Group

An independent not-for-profit service to help companies to grow through direct investment and associated support.  The FSE Angel Club offers high growth companies the opportunity to pitch to a network of investors. Call 01276 608510.

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