Start Your Own Business in Bedfordshire

If you are starting a business in Bedfordshire, 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 you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Free start-up pack

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

Start Your Own Business In 2018

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this Bedfordshire section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in Bedfordshire who would love to help you.

Bedfordshire Locations Covered

Ampthill  |  Arlesey  |  Bedford  |  Bedford Borough  |  Bedfordshire  |  Biggleswade  |  Central Bedfordshire  |  Cranfield  |  Dunstable  |  Flitwick  |  Henlow  |  Leighton Buzzard  |  Luton  |  Luton Borough  |  Sandy  |  Shefford  |  Woburn  | 

Free Local Resources

Local resources and contacts sorted by classification

Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.


  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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StartUp Latest

Keep up to date with the most recent business thinking from around the world

We try to keep our eyes open for useful and interesting news stories and useful resources which could help if you are starting up or running a small business. Hopefully, this will save you the time and trouble! The latest additions are...

Tips to Keep Your Business Healthy

Common Start-Up Mistakes... and how to avoid them

Bookkeeping tips for start-ups and self employed

Free Business Toolkit

FSB - 10 Top Tips for Amazing Networking

Bedfordshire Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Bedfordshire area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

4Networking

4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at www.4networking.biz (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: www.4networking.biz/events. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

Consylia Limited

Consylia provides business development services that assist our clients in creating the right Business, Marketing or Project Strategy together with the resources to help you implement it. Clients usually come to us with a specific issue or need that requires solutions. We want to make sure that where your business pain manifests itself is the real problem and not some other hidden issue. Consylia will investigate the issues and probe deeper to uncover the underlying root causes.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Insite Web

We are a full-service web design and marketing agency in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes. We offer services and packages specifically aimed at start-ups and those seeking to drive more, or new business online. Our services always include business consultancy and research as standard, to help you exceed your goals. Our main services are web design, graphic design, local / national SEO services, and copywriting and content creation. We also specialise in marketing campaigns that are tailored to drive online visibility for your business and to exceed your acquisition, traffic and sales goals. We know that deciding to start your own business is a big step. At Insite Web we make the process much less stressful. Our commercial and business knowledge means we offer full start up support, as well as a range of services that provide a one-stop shop to get your exciting new venture up and running; putting you ahead of your competition. We can support you with website development and setting up your social media accounts, designing business stationery and logos. We can even supply all your IT, telephony and software requirements, plus company incorporation and all the HMRC processes for you too! Insite Web Ltd is more than just a web agency. Our team will use their years of commercial experience to provide you with a tailored start-up package that gives you the edge over your competitors and ensures your business succeeds and grows online and offline. See: https://insiteweb.co.uk/business-startup-packages/ Get A Free Consultation & Quote Now

S.A.B. BIZ ASSIST

freelance administrator and business support "My time gives you time" available on location* or virtually contact Shirley on 07887 932184 experienced in..... - administration - property management, sales & lettings - logistics & same day courier work - event support, retail - social media marketing * on location expenses will apply. based in Flitwick, Beds

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

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 01582 522 448

Centre for Women's 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! 01582 489041

Enterprising Women
If you're 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! 0800 012 1365

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 Caron.Kendall@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

South East Midlands LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The South East Midlands is a national growth area, home to the UK's fastest growing city, Milton Keynes, and the UK's second 'Garden Town' at Bicester in Oxfordshire. 01234 436100

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. 0800 328 5334


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