Start Your Own Business In The UK

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If you are starting a business in the UK, this site is full of FREE resources, useful information and local contacts to help you start and grow successfully.

Start Your Own Business (now over 15 years old) contains information and advice but, unlike other startup sites, it also contains details of LOCAL organisations who can help you.

Search for your local area to find free business advice, networking groups, funding and local grants.

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Start-Up Steps

The sad truth is that far too many new businesses start-ups fail in the early stages and our aim is to try and make sure that you are not one of them.

To help with this, we have broken down the start-up process into simple steps which highlight the things that have worked for other start-ups and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

How to Start a Business in The UK

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If you are thinking about starting a business, you are not alone! As you will see from the statistics below, small businesses make up a major part of the economy.

A suprisingly large number of all businesses are what are described as SMEs (small to medium sized businesses) or individuals trading by themselves.

Starting a business is easy!

Keeping it going profitably it an entirely different matter.

The real challenges come when you have to find customers who want to buy your product or service at a price that makes it worth your while, keep them buying or finding more, and at the same time keeping on top of the administration whilst complying with the various laws and regulations.

We have designed this site to make sure that you know what to expect.

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Business Status

Before you start trading you need to choose the right legal status for your business. You do have a number of choices and they will depend on your circumstances and the service that you plan to offer. It is important to tackle this as soon as possible as it could affect your legal staus, the tax that you have to pay and your exposure to personal liability.

Taxes

When you start a business it is too easy to concentrate on all the various immediate tasks and delay thinking about tax sometime later. This is a common trap and will make the task so much harder when you do finally get around to it. Planning in advance so you know that you are aware of how much you will have to pay and when, will ensure that you have enough money put aside and the correct records in place to show how you arrived at the final figure.

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Business Support

“You don’t know what you don’t know”. There are so many different aspects to running a business, you are unlikely to be an expert in all of them nor can a few hours of Internet research possibly give you all the answers. We strongly advise you to seek the advice and guidance of someone who can differentiate between what is important and what is not. This could be a business support organisation, business advisor, or mentor. In each case, they will have the benefit of having worked with many other people who have trodden this path before. This means that they can show you what has proven to work in the past and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

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Vectis Business Link is a growing and dynamic network of local businesses across the Isle of Wight. We all know the value and importance of “word of mouth” and “personal recommendations” and that is what we are all about too. Our group is open to all business, one per line of business/trade so that there are no conflicts of interest. Our members share one common factor; they are all part of the Isle of Wight business community. Individually they have wide knowledge, experience and skills in their own field; collectively they have many years of experience and this is shared freely amongst our group. We meet in an informal way every fortnight to share updates on our respective businesses, exchange leads and referrals, share business practices and problems, support one another and discuss issues of common interest. New members are always welcome. We meet fortnightly at Ryde Castle Hotel with the meeting starting at 7.00am prompt and ending by 9.00am at the latest.
Community Magazine for North Portsmouth area. Hi, my name is Debbie, and I am the editor of The Pompey Mag and owner of Varia Media. I came to Pompey as a teenager, and lived, studied at Portsmouth Uni, and worked in the city for many years. Family and friends have always lived in the area, and having noticed that, bizarrely, the northern part of the city (proper Pompey!) lacked a Community Magazine, I thought it was about time it had one. Rather than sit back and moan, I decided to create my own, so I hope that the people of Portsea Island enjoy reading it as much as I have done bringing it into the world, and I also sincerely hope and expect that local businesses, trades people and organisations will also support the magazine and that in turn, we reciprocate as much as we possibly can. Without them this magazine would not exist, so please shop local and keep Pompey money in Pompey whenever you can. ​Teamwork makes the Dreamwork!
The only government approved DVSA test centre in London, providing LGV/HGV driver training, PCV bus driver training, paramedic ambulance driver training, minibus driver training and HIAB lorry loader training. You can test where you train because we have our own extensive fleet of vehicles and our own test centre. Our courses are all-inclusive with no extra costs. We have been providing commercial driver training courses for over 40 years, giving licences to thousands of new LGV/HGV and PCV drivers.
Gumtree have a section dedicated to buying and selling businesses in Angus. Although all advertisements are listed in good faith, please do be very careful and take professional advice before signing any legal documents or parting with any money.
Business Gateway Tayside is your gateway to free, expert, local assistance and advice. here are many ways we can help you, even if starting up still seems a way off. Our website is a great place to begin: we offer a business plan guide to download when you’re ready, market reports as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Take part in our webinars to hone your start-up skills – from how to handle the legal requirements to getting your market research right. Plus use our Planning to Start tool to guide you through the essential steps of starting up. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and then we can then use the details you give us to create your action plan, complete with links to relevant information and support. We’ll also recommend free webinars to help you hone your skills and may refer you to relevant support from our partners. A business adviser from your local office will also get in touch to see how else we can help at this stage and signpost you to a wide range of other support across Scotland. With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.

We are a small friendly team and always welcome enquiries from anyone who is planning to start a business or from anyone who can offer help and support. Contact us.