Start Your Own Business in Staffordshire 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.
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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
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'!Download Now
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.
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.
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...
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 Support Limited
Our mission is to provide dynamic support which nurtures people's enterprising aspirations, skills and talents, to create sustainable futures that grow tomorrow's economy. 01283 537151
Business Enterprise Support Ltd,
Working for yourself can be very rewarding. To enable you to plan and develop your idea we have a free step by step programme of support to help you. Business Ideas Workshops, Self Employment Awareness Workshops, Dedicated Workshops, Mentoring. In addition to the above, Enterprise Coaches are available in some areas to give intensive support to guide you through the start up process. 0800 458 8797
Business Initiative is part of a national consortium of Enterprise Agencies providing FREE advice for those wishing to go into business on their own or to assist existing businesses who may wish to expand or are experiencing problems. 01782 202 222
FSB Staffordshire & West Midlands
FSB Staffordshire & West Midlands 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: Karen Woolley Development Manager Karen.Woolley@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.
Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
GBSLEP is a partnership of businesses, local authorities and universities which supports private-sector growth and job creation. Its role is to create a globally-competitive knowledge economy, ensuring the area is recognised as Europe's natural home for entrepreneurs and wealth creators. 0121 303 4369
Oaktree Business Support Ltd
Supporting post-start businesses in their first 2 years of trading is an area that I specialise in and having started my own successful businesses I understand the highs and lows of running your own business. If you have already started your business and experienced the thrill and challenge of getting the whole thing off the ground you may now be at a situation where you think where do I go next ? How can I grow my business ? Why are my competitors doing better than me ? Where are the opportunities coming from next ? How can I access grants that I hear about ? Where can I find suitable staff ? Lots and lots of areas that plague any business owner. Im here to offer 3 hours fully funded business support. There is no cost to you or the business. I will sit down with you and look at your business, review the strengths, look at the weaknesses, see where the opportunities lie, look at the threats. Please view my website and read some of my clients testimonials and dont hesitate to contact me. Our small to medium enterprises are the back bone to industry in the UK and we have to keep supporting them, 07926 045391
Sandwell Women's Enterprise Development Agency
Sandwell Women's Enterprise Development Agency [SWEDA] is a unique agency which has been successfully providing services to the community for the past 15 years. SWEDA exists to encourage enterprise, provide career guidance and business advice and promote the personal and professional development of people in the West Midlands. 0121 525 2558
Stafford Enterprise was set up in 1987 and is part of a consortium of Enterprise Agencies providing FREE and CONFIDENTIAL advice for those wishing to go into business and we are also able to support small businesses for the first 12 months. This is not a one off as clients are able to see us several times both before setting up and after starting their business. 01785 257 057
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce & Industry
The Chamber has been in existence for over 200 years - the first association was established in 1813 and became incorporated in 1949. It was borne out of a desire from businesses to meet and trade together. For there to be an organisation to represent the interest of commerce and industry and to ensure that there was a voice for business. There has also been a need for an organisation to deliver services to help businesses to start, grow and succeed. Address: Festival Park, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5BE 01782 202 222
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce & Industry
Our exclusive events programme creates numerous opportunities to network with local businesses, whilst our independent lobbying group campaigns regionally, nationally and internationally on behalf of member's interests. 01782 202222
Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The aim of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP is to create a powerful partnership combining the strengths of the public and private sectors to deliver the scale of growth needed to rebalance the local economy. The focus is on enterprise and innovation with the aim to unlock the potential of the private sector to create employment and wealth and begin growing, restructuring or sustaining the local economy. Creating the right environment in which businesses can invest and grow will be central to the success of the partnership. The scope of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP includes economic development, skills, planning, housing, transport, tourism and the transition to the low-carbon economy. 0300 111 8002
Total IT Services
Total IT Services Lichfield provides IT help and support for all sizes of business, we are a local and reliable business with many years experience. We can help you to create your business IT infrastructure and ensure that as you grow it grows with you. We are Microsoft qualified engineers and also certified small business specialists. 01543 898183
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