Support for Start-Up businesses

The West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce provide essential back-office services to help start-up companies like yours run smoother, taking away any unnecessary stresses such as legal matters, financial strains or internal (skills) development programmes for your staff to give you chance to focus solely on your business and its services.

Save yourself precious time and effort by seeking support from the Chamber with regard to legal advice, debt recovery and various funding opportunities that we can offer. Start-ups can also benefit from HR resources, marketing assistance, plus expert advice and mentoring offered by our friendly team. Funding support is provided by the Business Enterprise Fund (BEF),  Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, the Enterprise Allowance Scheme as well as LEP grants, start-up loans and other useful tools like our Finance Finder.

Get in touch to learn more about available resources on offer from the Chamber.


  • Legal advice – contact the Chamber and its partners to seek help with legal matters, saving your company valuable time in researching UK laws and understanding the complexities of them.
  • The LEP Growth Hub – The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Hub, provides advice and support for businesses who are looking to develop their infrastructure and grow.
  • Finance Finder – Simplify and speed up your funding process, let the Chamber make the right match. This tool allows our team to work cohesively with your business to find the appropriate funding solutions across loans, equity and grants.

StartUp benefits of membership

As a new business, you are busy doing what you do best – so let the Chamber help with essential services to develop, protect your business and keep the cash flowing.

Legal Advice Line

The Legal Advice Line is confidential, free and unlimited and open 24/7.

This service saves you money on legal fees and time and allows you to understand your legal position before taking any action.

  • Legal topics include:
  • Legal disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Commercial law
  • Company law
  • Director’s disputes
  • Data protection
  • Insolvency
  • Collecting debts
  • Small claims court procedures
  • Landlord or tenant issues
  • GDPR
  • Legal advice website

The website is a fantastic knowledge hub and includes a Document Library with almost 800 free downloadable template documents covering employment, health & safety and legal services.

Tax Advice Line

Unsure how recent VAT changes affect your tax return or think you may have made a mistake, but too scared to ask the tax office?

Talk in confidence about tax and your business available 365 days a year. The lines are manned by very experienced advisors who can answer any questions you may have or help resolve issues

  • Tax issues covered include:
  • Treatment of benefits in kind
  • Corporation tax calculations
  • Liabilities to capital gains tax
  • Property income and expenses
  • Residency status
  • Remittance based on foreign income
  • Stamp duty land tax liabilities
  • Travel and subsistence costs
  • Inheritance tax and estates
  • HMRC enquiries/investigations
  • Penalties

Debt Recovery

Free debt recovery on invoices up to £3,000

It’s not easy getting paid on time for the work you do, but your business is dependent on cash. Sometimes the smaller, older debts seem like too much hassle to chase and it can be tempting to write them off.

With the free Debt Recovery service, all the stress, time and hassle is taken care of by our debt recovery specialists, leaving you the time to get on with your business.

Debts of up to the value of £3000* can be recovered for free. Recovering outstanding debt and managing your credit will improve your cash flow, reduce late payments and mitigate bad debt.

*only applicable for business-to-business debts

Important Information

For amounts recovered over £3000 a rate of 2% of the invoice value is charged to you and the debtor is charged the remainder of the fees (as per the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998).

Pay by Credit Card / BACS

Join and pay online by credit card or bank transfer. You will receive an invoice when your membership has ben processed.

Pay by Direct Debit

Complete an application form and we will contact you to set up a Direct Debit or other payment option.

Excluding VAT Including VAT


  • Annual Membership
  • No Direct Debit payment option
  • First year of trading


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  • £35.00


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  • £43.00


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  • £52.00


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  • £63.50


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  • £70.00


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  • £93.00


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  • £125