How to Start a Business in Watford

How to Start a Business in Watford


If you run a business in Watford or if you are thinking of starting a new business in Watford we hope that you will find this site both interesting and useful.

It has been designed to help you find local firms and business support organisations who will be happy to give you friendly advice as well as provide the services that you may need.

Other towns covered in Hertfordshire: Abbots Langley  |  Baldock  |  Berkhamsted  |  Bishops Stortford  |  Borehamwood  |  Broxbourne  |  Bushey  |  Cheshunt  |  Cuffley  |  Harpenden  |  Hatfield  |  Hemel Hempstead  |  Hertford  |  Hitchin  |  Hoddesdon  |  Kings Langley  |  Knebworth  |  Letchworth  |  Potters Bar  |  Radlett  |  Rickmansworth  |  Royston  |  Sawbridgeworth  |  St Albans  |  Stevenage  |  Tring  |  Waltham Cross  |  Ware  |  Watford  |  Welwyn Garden City  | 

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The Enterprise Garden

The Enterprise Garden

The Enterprise Garden provides business start up advice and training to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Hertfordshire.

We are delighted to be partnering Start Your Own Business and sharing this valuable online resource with our clients.

We provide thorough, professional training with personalised support through mentoring and practical help with networking.

Our inspirational lead trainer, Jean Flower, has a track record of helping people achieve their entrepreneurship ambitions, and has personally experienced and overcome many of the hurdles that face start-ups - particularly women.

She says

“I looked around at what was on offer for people starting out in business and realised that, whilst there is advice and information out there, it’s all down to the new business owner to put it into practice. What they need is real help – and that’s why I launched The Enterprise Garden - to actually provide that help.”

Jean passionately believes that enterprise can transform people’s lives, giving them the opportunity to experience personal growth, new optimism and the motivation to succeed.

We organise training courses throughout Hertfordshire.

Visit our website for more information about our services.

The Enterprise Garden
T: 07795 564 167

How to Start a Business in Hertfordshire

How to Start a Business in hertfordshireWe have created a series of free downloadable step-by-step guides which we hope will help you plot your way to start-up success.

They each contain useful contacts as well as an easy to follow snapshot of all the key subjects.

Download How to Start a Business in Hertfordshire now.
(No registration required but you will need to be able to open a PDF - get Adobe Reader.)

Latest Business Start Up News

We are constantly searching for interesting or useful stories that might appeal to small business owners and new business start-ups. Some of the latest additions are listed below or see all news articles

Shoreditch prepares for landmark business event
Shoreditch prepares for landmark business event
A conference and exhibition aimed at the UK’s most ambitious and fastest-growing businesses is coming to Shoreditch in 2014.

The Elite Business National Conference and Exhibition will be held over two days from 10–11 April at The Old Truman Brewery, and is expected to attract 15,000 attendees. The event will encompass a series of seminars, workshops and presentations from some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs. Confirmed speakers include Karren Brady, Michelle Mone and Michael Portillo, whilst Companies House, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and BT Business are amongst the organisations exhibiting at the event.

The company behind the Elite Business National Conference and Exhibition – CE Media – is the publisher of national print and digital title Elite Business Magazine, which is dedicated to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The publication was established in 2011 and currently has 32,000 subscribers, with the digital version of the magazine distributed to a further 800,000 SMEs via a network of online partners.

Scott English, managing director of CE Media, commented: “Thanks to the insight and invaluable feedback from our readers, we recognise that now is the right time to cater for the needs of our stellar high-growth businesses and exceptional entrepreneurs. The Elite Business National Conference and Exhibition represents a fantastic platform for this to be achieved.”

According to the Business Growth Fund (BGF) Growth Companies Barometer, the population of UK companies with a turnover of between £2.5m and £100m has consistently been around 23,000 to 25,000. It is the owners and directors of these firms that are expected to attend The Elite Business National Conference and Exhibition to learn from top business leaders and connect with companies that offer products and services to support their growth and expansion.

Free tickets are available to all relevant business owners and directors to attend the trade exhibition, seminars and workshops. Tickets for the conference are on sale later this month. For more information, please visit |

Exciting news for UK start-ups.
Exciting news for UK start-ups.
The launch of Virgin StartUp was announced yesterday. This will be a not-for-profit company, which will offer financial support, mentoring and business advice to thousands of young entrepreneurs across the UK. Partners include Richard Branson himself, Richard Reed (co-founder of Innocent Drinks), James Caan (StartUp Loans) and the Cavendish Consortium (a network of UK Enterprise Agencies).

Start Up Loans now available to over 30's
Start Up Loans now available to over 30's
If you are thinking of starting a business (or have done so in the past 12 months) and need to borrow some money, this may be great news. Previously only available to anybody aged under 30, the age cap has now been lifted.

Business Seminar (Hampshire) - Pensions Auto-Enrolment
Business Seminar (Hampshire) - Pensions Auto-Enrolment
Rothmans Accountants invite you to join them for a business seminar on 11th September. It will be an informative evening on auto-enrolment, with your chance to quiz the expert panel on all things pensions, and how this may affect you.

5 Must-Read Books For Starting Your Company
5 Must-Read Books For Starting Your Company
A list of five books that Forbes have concluded that every start-up should read. There are quite a few similar lists on the Internet but this one includes titles that are not usually mentioned.

Local Firms

Although there are plenty of online business directories, it can sometimes be quite difficult to find LOCAL companies who are genuinely keen to support you. For example if you are based in Watford , it makes sense to use an accountant, web designer or printer based in Watford who is prepared to help small businesses or new business start ups.

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Everything You Need to Know About Starting a Business

In addition to these local pages, we have also compiled a library of information covering all of the key issues that you have to consider when you start a business. This includes articles, downloads and links to the best resources that are available for new business start ups.

Select subject from the dropdown list.

Watford Business Start-Up Contacts

If you offer a product or service that can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Watford area, we would love to hear from you. (Add Your Link)

East of England Development Agency
EEDA supports over 100,000 businesses each year by providing high-quality support, information, advice and funding.
| | 01223 713900

Ethnic Minority Business Group
The companys objectives are to promote, advance and coordinate the interests of the ethnic minority business community in their trade, business or professional activities, to facilitate the integration of these businesses into the mainstream and to carry out such activities that may be necessary or expedient in order for the company to achieve this.
| | 0845 094 0310

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has over 200,000 members across 33 regions. In addition, Member Services is committed to delivering a wide range of high quality, good value business services to members of the FSB. Regional organiser: PO Box 7426, Milton Keynes, MK19 6WN
| | 01908 560 376

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry offers members access to a wide variety of cost effective benefits in addition to our FREE TO MEMBERS 24 Hour Legal Advice Line and Insurance Scheme | | 01707 398 400

Learning and Skills Council - Hertfordshire
The Learning and Skills Council exists to make England better skilled and more competitive. We have a single goal: to improve the skills of England???s young people and adults to ensure we have a workforce of world-class standard.
| | 0845 019 4167

Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB)
ORB is a business membership organisation for businesses that want to stand out from the crowd: for businesses that believe ethics and values are important; for businesses that consider people and the environment in their business decisions. Being a member of ORB, using the Responsible Business Member logo and having an entry in the Responsible Business Directory is a great way to market your business and is an asset to any qualifying business. | | 01702 468387

Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce
The Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce is one of the fastest growing chambers in the country. We are a powerful, independent voice for a vibrant business community, committed to optimising the benefits and opportunities for all our members. Our business is to enable your business to grow by providing a wide range of events and services.
| | 01923 442442

Wenta has been serving the small business community for over 25 years, supporting enterprise and assisting the growth and development of the small business sector. Wenta is able to offer a range of office and workshop units across Hertfordshire (Watford, Potters Bar and Stevenage) all available on a flexible, monthly let terms. Businesses can also take advantage of our virtual office and mailbox services on offer. Wenta's advisory services include access to Free business starter workshops, specialist courses for the unemployed, business advice (covering general start-up issues and specialist tax or legal issues) and 'My Incubator', a business incubation facility in Watford, Potters Bar, Stevenage and Luton. In addition to this Wenta run a number of programmes aimed at inspiring young people and giving them the confidence to make their ideas happen. Wenta's education team work with local schools, colleges and universities to promote enterprise and entrepreneurship. | | 0845 371 0891

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