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Start Your Own Business in Bedfordshire

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


If you are thinking about starting a business in Bedfordshire or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Bedfordshire contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Bedfordshire since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

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Download the 2021 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

Start Your Own Business in 2021
Read more about what our Free local guide contains and how you can use it.

What do you get in the guide?

Packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Bedfordshire.


Easy to follow step by step guide

Business set-up

Choosing the right structure

Getting online

Online marketing, social media

Local support

Where to find help and support


Work from home or premises?

Employing staff

How to find and recruit

Before you start

The reality of running a business

Finance & funding

Your funding options

Law & insurance

The key considerations

Business planning

Are you ready?

Accountancy & tax

Tax and VAT explained

Business directory

Useful contacts

Market research

Is there a gap in the market?

Business networking

Tips and local groups

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Key Contacts in Bedfordshire

Fifteen Three Digital
We work with businesses looking to improve their online presence, connect with their customers and get better leads and enquiries through their website. We’re passionate about the web and we’re committed to building the best website possible for you and your business. That means we take the time to listen and find out as much as we can about your business so that we can advise you on the most effective strategy to achieve your goals. Whether you’re looking to develop a new website or you already have a site that’s not serving your needs, we can help.
Central Bedfordshire College
At Central Bedfordshire College, our purpose is to enable our students to achieve their maximum potential with strong support, integrity and love of learning. Our industry-grade facilities, friendly environment and strong partnerships with local businesses and universities ensure that learners at CBC develop an excellent work ethic in a realistic setting, and are then able to flourish and thrive in whatever path they choose, whether that be the workplace or higher education. We offer a range of courses from Level 1 to HE, including Access courses, so that no student or prospective student is limited by their academic background. We also have a strong provision for students with learning difficulties, reflecting our dedication to inclusion.
Businesses For Sale in Bedfordshire
Businesses and franchises for sale in Bedfordshire is the world's most popular website for buying or selling a business. Established in 1996, the website is an international marketplace of businesses for sale. We provide a cost-effective route to market for business owners and their representatives and a one stop shop for aspiring entrepreneurs and business buyers.
The South East Midlands Start-up Programme
Free* support for your business The South East Midlands Start-up Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, provides residents of Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury Vale and Cherwell, Northampton, Corby, Daventry and Wellingborough with access to 12 hours of FREE support for small businesses and start-ups. This can be in the form of: - one-to-one business advice - webinars and workshops - access to business start-up services - business incubation workspace - specialist social enterprise support
beds Business Women
Our work team is made up of professionals specialized in each of your tasks. Design, SEO positioning, online marketing, and social media are some of the services we do on a daily basis. But we not only know how to do things, but we also have the necessary tools. We are aware that hosting is important to achieve a good web positioning, that is why we have different dedicated Class C IPs so that our clients can place their sites on the first page of search engines. Even, several of them are among the first three search results. We will optimize your website so that it is totally Google-friendly, and we will provide it with quality content that is relevant to the keywords to be positioned. In our agency, you will find all the services that your company needs to have a presence on the internet. You do not need to contract several services in different places, paying much more than if you contract everything in one place. We give you that possibility; we offer you the domain registration, hosting, design, and implementation of your website, the hosting where to host it and the positioning of it
Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Our role is to ensure that, working together, we create connections within our ever growing peer network and become an enabler for business growth locally, regionally and nationally. Representing 700+ businesses with around 60,000 employees across all sectors, we work at a local, national and international level to support businesses from sole traders to multinational corporations. Founded in 1877, Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce is one of only 52 Chambers in the UK to be accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber network exists to make a difference to your business, through opening new business opportunities in local, national and international markets, ensuring your views are heard within Government or providing critical business support.
Bedfordshire Entrepreneurs Society
his student-led society welcomes any students who have an interest is running their own business. It is not just for "business" students - Sports Therapists, Art & Design, Computer Games, the Performing Arts, Osteopaths and students from many other subject areas could have an interest in entrepreneurship. If you are a current student at the University of Bedfordshire and want to know more please email:
Beds New Business Network
Informal Networking You’ll meet other start-up businesses along with established companies from the local area in a relaxed environment. Talk about your business challenges and get advice from other businesses in the room as well as sharing your experiences. Members of BNBN have access to a laptop & projector to use when pitching for new business or giving a presentation. Why BNBN? Grow & develop your business Build your business relationships Support for small and start-up businesses Low fees Relaxed environment Monthly evening meetings
FSB Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire
FSB Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Caron Kendall Development Manager
University of Bedfordshire Knowledge Hub
The Knowledge Hub at the University of Bedfordshire offers a range of business services, including training and development; specialist services and consultancy focusing on innovation and boosting competitiveness; access to graduates; and enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes.
Enterprising Women
If youre looking for business support, information, help, training, inspiration, mentoring, news, business partners, networking events, new clients.... it???s all here. Over 7000 entrepreneurial women in business already enjoy the benefits!
Centre for Womens Enterprise
Are you a women who is self employed, employed, looking to start your own business or seeking to enter or return to employment, we hope to contribute to your success!
Business Buzz
Business Buzz is a series of local networking events. We work with the business community in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Essex and London to provide opportunities to meet, connect and share. Our business networking events are informal and relaxed, just drop-in when you are free.
Bedfordshire Green Business Network (GBN)
Bedfordshire Green Business Network (GBN) is a membership organisation and a Charity, which helps businesses reduce their impact on the environment. GBN brings together like‐minded businesses to help each other reduce energy and water consumption, eliminate waste, design products more sustainably, increase biodiversity on‐site, manage impacts, and put environmental issues at the heart of your company’s decision making. We can also help you reduce your liabilities by understanding your legal obligations. We have been doing this for more than 25 years
Bedfordshire WiRE Network
Our huge thanks to Teresa Bellmaine ( and for running WiRE Bedfordshire for so long. Teresa has decided to step down and concentrate on her business. We are looking for a new leader. If you are looking for a rewarding and exciting new challenge, please take a look at the Becoming a WiRE Leader page or drop Polly Gibb an email * WiRE business networking events are run by volunteers, please confirm/cancel your booking with the Network Leaders. * WiRE Network Meetings are not free. There is a minimal cost at each event to cover refreshments / room hire. Typically WiRE members pay less than non-members. Please see individual event details or ask the network leader for the event cost. WiRE is unique in its approach to business help, invaluable to all rural women in business at any stage, from the established or growing business, to new or potential businesses. View our full Membership package. Guests can attend up to two meetings as non members before you are invited to join WiRE.
Bedfordshire & Luton Chamber of Commerce
Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce is a business support organisation, working alongside businesses, partner organisations and other stakeholders across the county of Bedfordshire. Any business in Bedfordshire who wants to network with other businesses, promote their business, make cost savings and be part of an organisation with the interests of Bedfordshire businesses at its heart should join the Chamber. Address: Kimpton Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 0SX
Bedford Community
In Bedfordshire, a business listing portal is the perfect guide. It presents you with the Ads or listings of new companies as well as services that a person requires in their day-to-day life.
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FREE business listing in your area.

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Start-up Steps

We have created a collection of start-up steps articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: Startup Steps