Start Your Own Business in Bristol

If you are starting a business in Bristol, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Bristol 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 Bristol 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 Bristol who would love to help you.

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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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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

Bristol Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Bristol 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.

Aardvark Creative

Based in Bristol, Aardvark Creative are top quality graphic designers and website designers who offer services both in Bristol and around the UK. Now, like all creative consultancies, we

Elite Financial Accounting Ltd

Elite Financial Accounting are accountants in Bristol and provide a variety of affordable accounting and taxation services to start up businesses. All services are tailored for each client need. We know how important it is to form a close relationship with your accountant to help your business grow. That is why we offer: - Fixed fees - Unlimited free phone support - Unlimited free meetings - Free initial no obligation meeting - Work on time, every time.

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.

Greg de Tisi Online Marketing and Coaching

Greg de Tisi Coaching is all about specifics. Whether you want a new career, a new lifestyle, more money or just more motivation I can help. With over 10 years of experience helping others I am committed to serving others and helping others to tap into what drives them and what they are passionate about. I have 15 books so far on self growth and wealth growth and work from home In Bristol. I have successful students from all over the globe and continue to seve in my local community also where I can. I offer a free 45 minute consultation no obligation to see whether I am the right fit for you. I look forward to meeting you soon Greg De Tisi www.GregdeTisi.com

Higos Insurance Services Ltd

Higos is one of the largest independent regional intermediaries in the UK, specialising in general insurance products for both personal and business risks. Higos offers a distribution network for independent financial advisers. We have built our reputation on providing a winning combination of professional, independent advice and customer service for both personal and business customers. We have offices located throughout the South West - for further details visit www.higos.co.uk

Orega Bristol

An office designed for you The offices at Orega Bristol are fully flexible and serviced to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of businesses. The office environment we create is strategically designed to help businesses flourish. Every office is fitted with the latest IT and telecoms solutions to provide unrivalled broadband speeds along with the latest telephony capable of supporting a variety of recording and monitoring software. Each office is personally configured by our sales and management team providing office space to suit your choices and requirements, creating a hassle-free move. This process is known as our "Perfect Move In" and will be explained to you in detail prior to completion of contracts. All Orega offices are unbranded but our clients are welcome to brand their own offices in a manner which best reflects their business. Corporate name boards and logos can also be situated in prominent areas. You will benefit from being able to call the building your own whilst using it to help promote the prestige of your company. We aim to provide a fantastic working environment for the people in your business. The space we offer is totally flexible enabling business' to expand in a matter of days when necessary. About Ten Victoria Street Ten Victoria Street is a stunning newly redeveloped, five-storey period office building just a stone's throw from Bristol's floating harbour and Temple Quay Station. Situated on Victoria Street the building offers 27,000 Sqft of Cat A serviced office space, the building has been finished to a BREEAM rating of 'very good'. Within Bristol's central business district the red brick facade leads to a grand modern entrance and reception offering a great first impression to visitors. To the rear of the building is a private, secure-access car park, making it the perfect base for your business. Location Our Bristol Business Centres location means you and your colleagues have a range of options for travelling to and from our building. Aside from both our on and off site parking, Temple Meads station is just a short five minute walk down the road. Both bus and cycle routes are conveniently located close to the building and the canal ferry docks are nearby. Victoria Street itself leads directly out of Bristol, connecting to neighbouring 'A' roads and to the three motorways (M32, M4 & M5) that surround the city. Victoria Street is close to Cabot Circus shopping centre and a number of cafes, bars and restaurants are also located in the vicinity. Orega Bristol Ten Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6BN

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.

BRAVE Enterprise
BRAVE Enterprise has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start and run successful and profitable businesses in Bristol. BRAVE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Bristol. BRAVE provides support to: Trading businesses looking to develop and grow Business needing solutions to problems, Start-up businesses, those thinking about starting a business or becoming self employed for the first time. 0117 944 5330

BRAVE Enterprise
BRAVE Enterprise has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start and run successful and profitable businesses in Bristol.BRAVE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Bristol. 0117 944 5330

Business West
Business West is one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. 01275 373373

Business West Chambers of Commerce
We are one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. Address: Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, BS8 3RA 01275 373 373

Crest Insurance Consultants Ltd
Independent Insurance Intermediary offering SMEs with business combined insurance packages, liability, professional indemnity, property, motor, household etc 01934 852681

Flair 4 IT
Flair4IT are a energetic, fresh faced IT company at the heart of Bristol supporting companies ranging from SME's to local government. 8452990811

Hartcliffe and Withywood Ventures
Free confidential impartial information, advice and guidance is provided. For further information please call 0117 9781708 between 9.00am - 5.00pm or e-mail us at gatehousecentre@yahoo.co.uk. 0117 9781708

Outset Bristol
Outset Bristol provides free training and support to people who are considering starting their own business in Bristol. Outset Bristol is now also able to offer Start Up Loans for entrepreneurs aged over 30. These low interest loans are funded by the government and available to people starting up and new businesses trading for less than one year. Alongside Outset Bristol's comprehensive pre-start support you will be offered your own post-funding mentor to help keep you on track. 0800 032 2903

West of England LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The LEP aims to promote economic growth and prosperity in the West of England. It will play a key role in delivering 95,000 jobs in the area by 2030 and attracting at least 1billion of private sector investment over the next five years. The LEP will help put the West of England on the map nationally and internationally, raising the profile of the key high-growth sectors of aerospace; creative industries; environmental industries; silicon and microelectronics, and; tourism that are vital to the region's economy.The LEP will also encourage high-levels of new business start-ups and the growth of small businesses, help to create a skilled workforce that meets the needs of business, attract inward investment and develop and lobby for an infrastructure to help businesses thrive. 0117 903 6868


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