How to Start a Business in the United Kingdom.
Find Local Business Start-Up Support
If you are planning to start a business in the United Kingdom, you have come to the right place.
Start Your Own Business (now 10 years old!) contains information and advice but, unlike other start-up sites, it also contains details of LOCAL organisations who can help you. The firms listed on each page have declared themselves to be 'new business friendly' and will welcome your enquiries.Every area also contains a local...
Free Business Start-Up Pack
We hope that this comprehensive FREE local business start-up pack will help you plot your way to start-up success.
It is available for immediate download and contains: The key important dates, legal and HMRC requirements; a simple to follow step-by-step guide; local contacts; relevant factsheets; business plan, cashflow forecast, personal survival budget and marketing plan templates; our own very popular start-up map; contents of our Start Your Own Business CD-Rom; and a Powerpoint presentation to accompany the business plan (perfect for education or business start-up workshops).
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New LOCAL Start-Up Books - Coming Soon!
We are currently compiling a series of local start-up books entitled 'How to Start Your Own Business'.
There are already a wide range of similar books on the market - so why create another? Our aim is to provide you with the theory that you need but also details of local resources and organisations that may increase your chances of success. Not only that, you will be able to download it completely FREE of charge. (Printed copies will also be available). More details.
Over the years, we have have collected useful information that has already helped thousands of new business start-ups and we hope that it will help you too...
If you offer a product or service that can help anyone thinking of setting up on their own or running an existing small business, please do add your details to the site.
Local directories containing all the contacts that you will need to to help you start your business. We currently have separate local sites for England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. Each of these is broken down by county, town and classification to make it easy to find LOCAL support.
Free Downloadable Guides
We have created a series of FREE downloadable local business start-up guides. Each one covers a different local authority area and contain a step-by-step guide to starting your business as well as a directory of organisations and relevant businesses who are keen to help you.
The Elevator Pitch - a must for any (new) business owner
As an entrepreneur you will need to be prepared to take every opportunity to gain interest in your start-up from potential customers, investors, or associates. Important contacts can be made in many situations: during formal meetings, at networking events, at trade shows, on the phone or during chance encounters.
Over the years, we have amassed a large collection of articles which we believe you may find useful. We have written some ourselves but the vast majority have been kindly supplied by experts in each relevant field.
Business Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map
This infographic has proved to be incredibly popular and used to occupy the centre pages of our Start-Up newspapers. Ideal for a visual guide through the start-up process or the larger (A3 and A2)versions can be printed and used as a poster.
View and download, free of charge and without registration
Latest Business Tips
We are a small friendly team and always welcome enquiries from anyone who is thinking who is planning to start a business or from anyone who can offer help and support. Contact us.
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