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Enterprise resources and funding

We have a wide range of learning resources to help you understand how to excel in enterprise and entrepreneurship from idea generation, business planning, pitching for investment and useful hints and tips for understanding practical business areas such as marketing, finance and intellectual property. Please click on the links below. Follow us on social media for the latest information on opportunities. 




Peter Drucker “Innovation and Entrepreneurship”
D. Rae “The Entrepreneurial Spirit”
David Rae “Entrepreneurship: from Opportunity to Action”
Andrew and Mary Bragg “Developing New Business Ideas”
S. Parks “How to be an Entrepreneur: the six secrets of self-made success”
B. Bolton and J. Thompson, “Entrepreneurs: Talent, Temperament and Technique”
D. Deakins & M. Freel “Entrepreneurship and Small Firms”
D. Parrish “T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity”

Personal Development

S. Cottrell “Skills for Success – Personal Development Planning Handbook”
D. Winstanley, D “Personal Effectiveness”

Creativity & Innovation

Bragg and M. Bragg “Developing New Business Ideas - A step-by-step guide to creating new business ideas”
M. Southern and C. West “The Beermat Entrepreneur: turn your good idea into a great business”
Scott Berkun “The Myths of Innovation”
Steve Johnson “Where Good Ideas Come from”
Dan Roam “The back of a napkin: solving problems and selling ideas with pictures”
Michael Michalko “Thinkertoys: a handbook of creative thinking techniques”
Edward de Bono “Six Thinking Hats”

Start Up Methodologies

Eric Ries “The Lean Start Up”
Steve Blank “Four Steps to the Epiphany”

Business Planning

Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur “Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers”
J Lee “The right-Brain Business Plan, A Creative, Visual Map for Success”
D. Stokes “Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship”
S. Cameron “The Business Student’s Handbook”

Social Enterprise

Muhammad Yunus “Social Business”
John Elkington “The Power of Unreasonable People”
Laura Galinsky “Work on Purpose”
David Bornstein “How to the Change the World”
Alex Nicholls (edited) “Social Entrepreneurship: New Models of Sustainable Social Change”

Funding Sources

Lancashire Grants


Start Up Loans Company
New Enterprise Allowance

Access to Finance


Shell Live Wire - good resources section
Open Innovation Forum
App Challenger
UK Trade & Investment Sirius Programme
UnLtd for Social Entrepreneurs
New Entrepreneurs Foundation

Crowdfunding Sites

Crowdfunding as defined by Kickstarter is “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.”


Reward based

Business raises finance by providing its backers with a reward in exchange e.g. a product sample.

Equity based
Business gives up equity in return for investment capital in the business.

Lending based
Finance is raised from the crowd as a loan typically repaid with interest

International platform. Arguably the most well known.

UK based


Targeted at creative and community projects

For social ventures

Unique in dedicating a project/community manager to you to help you put your campaign together.

Main crowdfunding publisher in the world