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How to Start a Business in Rutland

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How to Start a Business in Rutland

Starting a business in Rutland

If you are thinking about starting a business in Rutland or would like to grow your existing business, we would love to help you.

Start Your Own Business in Rutland contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly advice and the services that you are likely to need as a new startup or local business owner.

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Starting a business in Rutland

Free Startup Resources

Getting it right from the start can help to prevent problems later.

To help you with this we have created a vast selection of resources and they are all completely free!

If you're considering starting a business or already running one in Rutland, this section is designed to provide you with valuable information and resources to support your entrepreneurial journey.

Rutland, located in the East Midlands region of England, is the smallest county in England and offers a unique and picturesque setting for businesses to thrive.

Demographics of Rutland

Rutland has a population of approximately 40,000 residents, making it a close-knit and community-oriented county. The region attracts residents and visitors with its beautiful countryside, historic market towns, and a strong sense of local identity.

Major Towns and Cities in Rutland
  • Oakham : Oakham is the county town of Rutland and has a population of around 10,000 residents. The town is known for its historic buildings, traditional markets, and a variety of independent shops and businesses.
  • Uppingham : Uppingham is a charming market town located in Rutland. With a population of approximately 4,800 residents, it offers a vibrant community, picturesque streets, and a mix of traditional and contemporary businesses.
Local Authorities in Rutland

Local authorities can help you understand the business landscape and provide access to useful resources. They are responsible for numerous business related subjects such as health & safety, planning, business rates, and often have a department dedicated to economic development.

Local authorities can help you understand the business landscape and access useful resources. They are responsible for numerous business related subjects such as health & safety, planning, business rates, and often have a department dedicated to economic development.

  • Rutland County Council : Rutland County Council is the local authority responsible for a range of services in Rutland. Their website provides information on business rates, planning and development, licensing, and community initiatives.
Business Support Organisations in Rutland

In addition to the local authority, Rutland offers access to various business support organisations that can provide valuable guidance and resources. Consider exploring the following organisation:

  • Rutland Business : Rutland Business is an initiative that aims to support businesses in the county. Their website offers information on funding opportunities, business support programs, networking events, and workshops.

We hope this comprehensive guide serves as a valuable resource for starting or running a business in Rutland. Exploring the website of Rutland County Council and Rutland Business will provide you with further information, guidance, and assistance. Best of luck with your entrepreneurial endeavours in Rutland!

FREE startup workshops

If you are thinking about starting a business, our FREE three-hour ONLINE workshop is definitely for you!

Open to everyone, our sole aim is to increase your chances of success. We do that by explaining:

The reality of running a business; the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them; which legal status is likely to be most suitable; funding, grants and managing your money; business planning and cashflow forecasting; finding and keeping customers.

Free startup guide

Start Your Own Business in Rutland

Download the 2024 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy-to-read way with links to useful online articles and relevant contacts.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English.

There is also plenty of help available in the area and much of it is free - please do make the most of it.

Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.
Starting a business in Rutland

Key Contacts in Rutland

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.

Rutland is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.


Discover Rutland
Discover Rutland contains a wealth of information about the county. As well as information for tourists and residents, it does have a section about local business.


Rutland Business Group
A Business Network for Rutland and surrounding areas. The networking group for local business people by local business people. Don't miss this opportunity to gain more business and make more contacts with Other Rutland business owners. Ensure your place at the next networking meeting now. Email or complete the form on the website.


Grants and Funding in Rutland
Rutland County Council's website contains a section dedicated to grants and funding. It contains relevant information and links.


Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce
Rutland County Council is part of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). This is a boost for businesses in Rutland, which can now access services and resources offered by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and its Business Lincolnshire Growth Hub. Rutland was a founder member of the Greater Peterborough Greater Cambridgeshire Local Enterprise Partnership, which morphed into a Business Board run by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. Now Rutland has decided to join the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, with which it has a close alignment in terms of its rural economy, its market towns and the importance of sectors such as agriculture, tourism and food and drink.


Rutland County Council Business Support
You can find information about local business support on Rutland County Council's website. It contains links to: Updates for businesses - keep up to date with the latest news for businesses in Rutland from the economic development team and the Lincolnshire Growth Hub. Employment and skills - get the skills you need to help your business grow, from vocational training courses to apprenticeships. Help your business grow - here to get information, advice and support to help you grow your business in Rutland. Grants and funding - there are many funding opportunities available to help businesses to get started and to grow.


The Collective One
We provide a full-circle marketing and advertising offering and work collaboratively with you to craft solutions that align to your goals and budgets. You only need one purpose, one vision, one dream, and one team, to become number one The Collective One.

Start-up articles

100's of free startup articles

We have created a collection of 100s of startup articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.

You can see the full list of 'articles' at: How to start a business