Start Your Own Business in Cheshire

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

Start Your Own Business in Cheshire 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.

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 across the world and our own series of Start Your Own Business books.

Cheshire Locations Covered

Alderley Edge  |  Altrincham  |  Cheshire  |  Cheshire East  |  Cheshire West  |  Chester  |  Congleton  |  Crewe  |  Dukinfield  |  Ellesmere Port  |  Frodsham  |  Halton Borough  |  Knutsford  |  Lymm  |  Macclesfield  |  Malpas  |  Middlewich  |  Nantwich  |  Northwich  |  Runcorn  |  Sale  |  Sandbach  |  St Helens Borough  |  Stalybridge  |  Tarporley  |  Wallasey  |  Warrington  |  Warrington Council Area  |  Widnes  |  Wilmslow  |  Winsford  | 

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 Start Your Own Business Book - 2018

This free 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

Download Pack

The key important dates, legal and HMRC requirements; a simple to follow step-by-step guide; relevant fact-sheets; business plan, cash flow forecast, personal survival budget and marketing plan templates; our own very popular start-up map; contents of our Start Your Own Business CD-Rom; and a Powerpoint presentation to accompany the business plan.

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...

Free Business Toolkit

FSB - 10 Top Tips for Amazing Networking

Celebrate Your Journey to Success

The Leap Of Faith: From Startup Founder To CEO

How to Use Pay-Per-Click to Help Grow Your Startup

Cheshire Local Contacts

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


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 (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: Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

EMJ Printing Ltd

E.M.J Printing provides a design and printing service to businesses across the UK. We offer a comprehensive and quality service to all our clients; whether they commission a design from scratch or supply print-ready files. We aim to provide high quality finished products at low cost. E.M.J Printing offers a wide range of printing products: Business cards. Flyers. Leaflets. Posters. Booklets. Roller banners. Letterheads. Compliment slips. A-frame signs. Work-ware embroidery. Mugs. Place mats. Jigsaws. Hessian bags. Baseball caps. Vinyl Banner. Labels

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.


One to one Sales & Business Coaching and mentoring Cheshire As an experienced Business consultant I offer sound and practical advice and solutions on a range of problems and issues that your business might be facing including sales, staff, start ups, growth plans and strategies, increasing profit, launching and marketing new services or products on line and direct, improving and managing sales teams and negotiating with customers and suppliers to get the best deals.

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.

Blue Orchid
Blue Orchid is one of the largest providers of FREE Business Start Up and Growth Support in the UK. Whether you're looking to start your first business or want to boost an existing venture we're here to help you plan, launch and grow. 0161 485 4949

Business & Enterprise Trust
With over 30 years' service to SME's, The Trust, a Quality Assured Company, provides business advice and support to new and developing businesses across the North West. We offer one to one advice in strategic and business planning, marketing, finance and assistance with applications for loan and grant funds to SME's and Social Enterprises and introductions to local networks. We are a Delivery Partner for the Start Up Loan and Ready for Business programmes. 01254 600625

Cheshire & Warrington LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The LEP aims to make Cheshire and Warrington the best place to do business in the UK - the ideal environment for businesses to grow: access to the right skills; supportive and efficient public services; effective infrastructure and utilities; and a beautiful part of the country for people to enjoy. 01606 812280

FSB Manchester & North Cheshire
FSB Manchester & North Cheshire 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: Robert Downes Development Manager Contact via website or e-mail.

FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire & Wigan
FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire & Wigan 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: Phil McCabe Development Manager Contact via website or e-mail.

South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
The chamber keeps your business informed about local business news through mediums such as e-newsletter, magazine, mails shots and the chamber's community. The chamber staff are also able to answer your query or point you in the right direction. Address: South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Lyme Building, Westmere Drive, Crewe Business Park, Crewe, CW1 6ZD 01270 504700

West Cheshire & N Wales Chamber of Commerce
West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce is the leading organisation representing the business community across the whole of West Cheshire and North Wales. As an independent, not for profit organisation, our objectives remain clear: to promote and encourage business for our members and others regionally, nationally and internationally to improve commercial growth and prosperity. Address: West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce, Riverside Innovation Centre, Castle Drive, Chester, CH1 1SL 01244 669988

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