Start Your Own Business in Lancashire

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

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

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

Lancashire Local Contacts

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

HH Accountants

We are new to the area and have recently joined up with an existing local practice. We have a wealth of experience in advising business start ups and can offer a full range of services. We advise on the best method of operating: sole trader, partnership or Limited Company. We advise on VAT registration. Our initial consultation is always free.

Kilners Accountancy

Friendly, affordable and reliable accountancy services. Let us take away the hassle of your bookkeeping requirements allowing you more time to focus on the running and progression of your business. We offer bookkeeping, payroll, credit control, cashflow, VAT processing and financial reporting and are always happy to assist with any office/paperwork related tasks to free you up.

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.

Ainsworth Accountants
We offer a friendly and approachable accountancy and tax service. Our accounting service will be personalised and tailor made for your budget. If you wish we will help you do what you can do for yourself to reduce our involvement and keep costs down. We hope to build a strong relationship with you so that you will feel able to call us when you need clear, concise and helpful advice as you develop your business. We will treat you with confidentiality, respect and sensitivity at all time 01772 611432

Ainsworth Accountants
We are Preston accountants offering a friendly and approachable accountancy and tax service. Our Preston accounting service will personalised and tailor made for your budget. If you wish we will help you do what you can do for yourself to reduce our involvement and keep costs down. We hope to build a strong relationship with you so that you will feel able to call us when you need clear, concise and helpful advice as you develop your business. We will treat you with confidentiality, respect and sensitivity at all time 01772 611432

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

East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is a locally based private sector organisation, owned by the Members and accredited by the British Chambers. We are committed to helping Pennine Lancashire have a thriving economy. We are active at local, regional and national levels in the influential decision making bodies, whose programmes and investments, both public and private, determine the environment in which business operates. Address: Clayton Busines Park, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5JR 01254 356400

Enterprise 4 All
Enterprise4All is Lancashire's leading provider of business support services. We offer specialist assistance and advice to anyone who wants to start a new business and we provide expert help for established companies that are looking to expand. In recent years, we have provided FREE information, advice and guidance to thousands of local people and we???ve helped well over 1500 of them to start or develop their own company. 0845 607 0786

Enterprise Lancashire
We know exactly what it takes to get a new business idea off the ground or improve on an existing business, so with expert advice, practical workshops and business tools, we can help turn your dreams into reality. 01282 389 034

Enterprise4All (North West) Ltd
We provide tailored services delivered by experienced advisers who work closely with you to overcome barriers, solve problems and develop a strategy for growth. 01254 693999

FSB Lancashire & Cumbria
FSB Lancashire & Cumbria 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: Paul Foster Development Manager paul.foster@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The region's business base is broad and buoyant, with thriving towns and cities as well as excellent schools, colleges and universities. The LEP was formed in 2011 to make Lancashire the location for business growth and inward investment. We aim to do this by ensuring all our companies have easy access to high-grade support services that promote sustainable expansion. 0300 123 6701

North and West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC) is open to any business. We have played a key role in the region's business community for over 100 years helping our members start, grow and succeed. Being part of the NWLCC is popular because its gives our members access to a range of practical services, networking and event opportunities, employee development programmes and national business support initiatives. Address: 9-10 Eastway Business Village, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston,PR2 9WT 01772 653 000

Orvia Group Limited
Orvia Group provides business support and advice on all aspects of starting, running and growing a business, which is delivered through our comprehensive range of training courses, one to one advice, coaching and mentoring. Along with the traditional advice, information and guidance provided by Orvia we can also assist with accessing finance and supporting businesses who wish to invest in their development through our recognised qualifications and mentoring programmes. In addition to this we provide property rental services to allow you to trade in flexible workspace at competitive rates. For more information please call Andrew Atkinson on 01772 42 22 42, email us at ask@orvia.co.uk, visit the website at www.orvia.co.uk or why not follow us on Twitter @orviagroup. 01772 422 242

Ribble Valley Enterprise Agency
A key partner of Business Link - Providing business advice, information, access to finance and training to new and developing small and medium sized enterprises. 01254 828 820

South Ribble Economic Partnership
Starting Your Own Business - Are you interested in starting your own business? Free advice and assistance is available on starting your own businesses including support from six months before you start trading and for up to three years after the business is up and running. Business Venture Group is working with the council to deliver start-up support. Are you a North West business thinking about the potential benefits of generating your own renewable energy? Talk to Envirolink to find out how they can help your business. Please see the Business Event - Help with Renewables flyer below for details. 01772 625 567


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