Start Your Own Business in Isle Of Wight

If you are starting a business in Isle Of Wight, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Isle Of Wight 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 Isle Of Wight 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 Isle Of Wight who would love to help you.

Isle Of Wight Locations Covered

Bembridge  |  Cowes  |  East Cowes  |  Freshwater  |  Isle Of Wight  |  Newport  |  Ryde  |  Sandown  |  Seaview  |  Shanklin  |  Totland Bay  |  Ventnor  |  Yarmouth  | 

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

Isle Of Wight Local Contacts

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

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.

In To Biz

In to Biz Ltd provides innovative bespoke training & coaching solutions for projects run in the community. Hammie Tappenden (Director) and her team develop unique projects. Hammie has devoted the last 20 years to supporting over 6,000 individuals in business start-up. She has helped to establish over 800 new business starts, and moving into her 21st year, she will celebrate the 21st birthdays of four Isle of Wight businesses she helped develop with young people. She is dedicated to the success of the individuals she supports and measures her own success by the number of people she has helped to establish and develop sustainable small businesses. Her clients include hard to reach groups including long-term unemployed, people with disabilities, ex-offenders, people with long-term sickness, and women returners. Groups which because of their issues, would find it difficult to secure normal employment. Many of these individuals have substantial social and health issues to overcome and she has supported them in overcoming these issues to enable them to progress their journey towards self employment. We specialise in working with groups and individuals to engage them in activities leading to self-employment, education,volunteering or finding a job.

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.

Enterprise First
Enterprise First provide advice and support to some 3,000 south-east based clients each year considering starting a business or running an existing small enterprise. We also offer accommodation on "easy-in - easy-out" terms in four Enterprise Centres. 01252 319272

FSB Wessex Region
As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Local branches for: Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch; Central South Hampshire; Isle Of Wight; New Forest; North Hampshire; Portsmouth and Rural Dorset Contact Neil Eames on 07920 846684 07920 846684

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce
The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry is a leading player in the Approved Chamber Network, and so provides an independent powerful voice for the views and concerns of its members at local, regional, national and international levels. It is a membership organisation, which represents and promotes the interests of, and meets the needs of its diverse membership by providing a quality assured range of services. For more details on these benefits look under Chamber Benefits to look at how your company could save money, promote itself or make a difference. As a Chamber member, you will be part of a key business organisation that will have been established for 100 years in 2010, and is as relevant in the 21st century as it has ever been. The Chamber represents your views and becomes your voice - the voice of local business! 01983 520 777

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce
The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce is a leading player in the British Chambers of Commerce Accredited Chamber Network, and provides an independent powerful voice for the views and concerns of its members at local, regional, national and international levels. Address: Mill Court,Furrlongs,Newport,Isle of Wight,PO30 2AA 01983 520777

Isle of Wight Enterprise Agency
The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce is a leading player in the British Chambers of Commerce Accredited Chamber Network, and provides an independent powerful voice for the views and concerns of its members at local, regional, national and international levels. 01983 554506

Isle of Wight Lottery
The Isle of Wight Lottery is the first lottery in England to be developed specifically to create employment opportunities. The Lottery is promoted by The Isle of Wight Opportunity Society Limited, which is operated on a strictly non-profit basis. This means that all proceeds are directed into a Loan Fund, which can be accessed by island businesses. All loans applications are assessed by an Investment Panel and if approved they are provided on an interest free basis to both start-up and expanding Island businesses, thereby enabling them to create new jobs. Since its inception, the IW Lottery has loaned to over 45 companies and created over 130 jobs. The IW Lottery also supports the Start up Business Training programme and through this has given support to over 500 individuals on the island entering self employment. 01983 529 888

Locallife Isle of Wight
Online Directory & web design company. We offer a Free web Page with a link which help new starters to get a web presence. 07920 269155

Medina Business Exchange
Medina Business Exchange exists to promote the business of its members. By meeting regularly and getting to know the activities of our fellow members, we are in the best position to refer business to each other, giving you new leads and opportunities for growth. In addition we aim to provide a support network for businesses within the group, with the sharing of good business practice and general social fellowship.

Solent LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Solent LEP) is led by the business community and supported by four university partners, the further education sector, three unitary authorities, eight district councils, one county council and the voluntary and community sector, all of whom are actively working together to secure a more prosperous and sustainable future for the Solent area. 02392 688 924

Wight Safety Consultancy
Wight Safety are Chartered Health & Safety Consultants. We provide a professional service which is tailored to your business needs no matter how big or small your requirement. We can assist your company in complying with the law and keep your employees safe whilst ensuring business continuity. We can provide you with the following Health & Safety Services.Health & Safety and Environment Consultancy, Auditing for Health and Safety and Environment, Training, Risk Assessments. 07818 402292

WSX
We ensure we understand your ambitions and plans for your business, at whatever stage you are at, working alongside you to ensure they are realised. We work with small/medium sized businesses, social enterprises and other organisations across the South of England from bases in Dorset and South Hampshire. Our team includes expertise in starting and growing your business, ongoing support, mentoring, skills, innovation and design. 01329 223242


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