Start Your Own Business in Gloucestershire

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

Start Your Own Business in Gloucestershire 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.

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

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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Contents:
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

Gloucestershire Local Contacts

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

Blenheim, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers

Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers for small & medium size enterprises Blenheim provides a fresh approach to accounting and finance for small and medium size enterprises in Bristol and the South West. We paint a clear picture of your finance, highlight opportunities, and give you the assurance you need to make the best business and organisational decisions. Regardless of the size of your business, or whatever stage you are at, our Virtual Finance Team can provide you with an economical way to tap into the skills of a highly experienced Virtual FD and a full range of Accounting services With Blenheim Accountants and Business Advisers on your side, you can focus on what you do best - managing your business for growth. So call us today for a no-obligation discussion about what Blenheim can achieve for your organisation.

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.

Paeroll

We are a dedicated payroll outsourcing service which offers a guaranteed 48 hour max. reply to any of your email enquiries and we guarantee to process your payroll instructions within 24 hrs. We can provide a full Auto Enrolment compliance and continual assessment service to you as well as look after the processing of all the paperwork for your Auto Enrolment Compliant Pension Scheme. This Service is being offered in partnership with Genlife Payroll and Pension. We can also offer a self Administered Pension portal for you

Start and Grow Enterprise (SaGE)

Start and Grow Enterprise (SaGE) is a University of Gloucestershire project with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), running from August 2017 to December 2019. SaGE is aimed at Gloucestershire-based entrepreneurs and start-ups – from pre-start ambitious individuals with a business idea to current SME business owners (trading up to 3 years), working to create a community of start-ups that can share skills and grow together. The project offers a range of FREE training, mentorship, networks and resources, and is based at The Growth Hub in Gloucester. Sign up via our website or by emailing sage@glos.ac.uk

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. 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

CMC Partnership
We are a firm of business advisers who specialise in helping you, as a business owner-manager, to plan and prepare for every stage of your business's life cycle, from its start up and early growth to your eventual exit. 07818 007179

FSB Gloucestershire & West of England
FSB Gloucestershire & West of England 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: Sam Holliday Development Manager Sam.Holliday@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

PRH Design
BIG AGENCY THINKING, SMALL AGENCY COST Would you like to increase the visibility of your company? Would you like some great creative and compelling marketing material? Could you work with skillful designers who can create and produce powerful, brand building messages without breaking the bank? +44 (0)1684 291658

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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