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A series of free downloadable local guides designed to make starting a business as smooth as possible...

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How to Start a Business in the United Kingdom.

Start a new busines 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

How to Start a Business 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!

How to Start a Business Books

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.

Start-Up Information

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...

Business Start-Up News | How to Start a Business Step-by-Step | Start-Up Resources | Free Stuff | Latest Offers| Add Your Business

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.

Find Business Support by Country

Business AdviceLocal 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.

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Free Downloadable Guides

UK Start-Up Guides Local 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.

See: Local Start Up Guides


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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.

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Start Up Articles

Business articles

Latest articles

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.

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Business Start-Up Map

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

Latest tips...

Be Brave - what's your one thing?
Confidence can be a challenge when starting out. You may have worked at senior level before but that was representing someone else's service or product, now its you.

Be brave. Every day think what is the thing that I could do today to get me closer to my ultimate goal then do it.
Simple Advice Ltd

Accurate and well-written text
Always make sure that anything you print or publish has been checked by someone who has good spelling and grammar. This shows that you are professional, thorough and accurate – and that creates the right impression with customers. Even better, have the text looked over by a professional proof-reader.
OneStop Write Design Publish Print

Your logo appeal
When putting together your logo, don't over think it. Communicate how you want people to feel when they see your branding with your logo designer. Also think about how versatile the logo is and that it is saved as a vector and can be printed in black and white if need be. For signwriters, a common challenge is dealing with a logo or image that is in the wrong format to recreate or print large scale.
Swift Signs

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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