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How to Start a Business in Surrey

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How to Start a Business in Surrey

Starting a business in Surrey

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

Start Your Own Business in Surrey 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 Surrey

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 Surrey, this section is designed to provide you with valuable information and resources to support your entrepreneurial journey.

Surrey, located in the southeastern part of England, is known for its beautiful countryside, affluent communities, and thriving business environment.

Demographics of Surrey

Surrey has a population of approximately 1.2 million residents, making it one of the most heavily populated counties in England. The county offers a mix of urban and rural areas and has a diverse economy with opportunities in various sectors.

Major Towns and Cities in Surrey
  • Guildford : Guildford is the county town of Surrey and has a population of over 150,000 residents. It is known for its vibrant retail sector, cultural attractions, and proximity to London. Guildford offers opportunities in sectors such as technology, digital media, professional services, and education.
  • Woking : Woking is a town in Surrey with a population of approximately 100,000 residents. The town has a strong business and retail sector, as well as opportunities in industries such as aerospace, technology, and healthcare.
  • Epsom : Epsom is a market town in Surrey with a population of around 35,000 residents. It is known for its horse racing heritage and offers opportunities in sectors such as hospitality, tourism, and healthcare.
  • Redhill : Redhill is a town in Surrey with a population of approximately 30,000 residents. The town has a diverse business community and offers opportunities in sectors such as logistics, manufacturing, and retail.
  • Camberley : Camberley is a town in Surrey known for its thriving retail sector and business parks. It has a population of around 30,000 residents and offers opportunities in sectors such as technology, finance, and professional services.
Local Authorities in Surrey

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.

  • Surrey County Council : Surrey County Council is the local authority responsible for a range of services across the county. Their website provides information on business rates, planning and development, transportation, and community services.
  • Guildford Borough Council : Guildford Borough Council serves the town of Guildford. Visit their website for local business support, planning permission, licensing, and community services.
  • Woking Borough Council : Woking Borough Council is the local authority for the town of Woking. Their website offers information on business rates, planning and development, licensing, and local services.
  • Epsom and Ewell Borough Council : Epsom and Ewell Borough Council serves the areas of Epsom and Ewell. Visit their website for business support, planning permission, licensing, and community services.
  • Reigate and Banstead Borough Council : Reigate and Banstead Borough Council serves the area of Redhill. Their website provides information on business support, planning permission, licensing, and local services.
  • Spelthorne Borough Council : Spelthorne Borough Council is the local authority for the borough of Spelthorne, which includes towns like Staines-upon-Thames. Their website offers business support, planning and development information, licensing, and local services.
  • Runnymede Borough Council : Runnymede Borough Council serves the Runnymede district, which includes towns like Egham and Addlestone. Visit their website for business support, planning permission, licensing, and community services.
Business Support Organisations in Surrey

Surrey offers access to various business support organisations that can provide valuable guidance, networking opportunities, and resources. Consider exploring the following organisations:

  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce : Surrey Chambers of Commerce is a business membership organisation that offers networking events, business support services, and training programs.
  • Surrey Innovation : Surrey Innovation is a collaborative network that supports innovation and entrepreneurship in Surrey. They provide access to funding, expertise, and networking opportunities.
  • Surrey Economic Partnership : Surrey Economic Partnership focuses on promoting and supporting economic growth in Surrey. Their website provides information on business support, investment opportunities, and key sectors in the county.
  • University of Surrey Centre for Entrepreneurship : The University of Surrey Centre for Entrepreneurship offers support and resources for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. They provide mentoring, workshops, and access to a network of experts.
  • The Growth Hub Surrey : The Growth Hub Surrey provides free business support and advice to help businesses start, grow, and thrive in the county. They offer workshops, one-to-one mentoring, and access to funding opportunities.

Starting a business in Surrey offers numerous opportunities for growth and success. Use the information and resources provided here to navigate the local business landscape, connect with support organisations, and make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

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.

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Starting a business in Surrey

Key Contacts in Surrey

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

Surrey 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.

Web design

Surrey Web Designs
Surrey Web Designs deliver creativity for award winning ITV celebrity hairdresser Leo Bancroft, we are trusted by the local Citizens Advice Service, host corporate designs for defence companies and provide a personal touch for professionals. For an example of our work please see https:leobancroft.com Based in Surrey, we are close knit team providing a personal one on one service to our clients. Our designers have worked together for over 25 years and deliver stunning, bespoke designs, with functionality and automation at a manageable price. WEB DESIGN | MOBILE FRIENDLY LAYOUTS | SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION | HOSTING | SOCIALS | SUPPORT Our clients enjoy a complete online solution for one price, which covers everything needed to help you grow your online presence. No web design company owns Google and is therefore unable to guarantee 1st page results. Whilst we are driven by your Google ranking, we always manage new client’s expectations, only guaranteeing to apply the same tested and trailed method of Search Engine Optimisation that has seen all our established clients rank on page one of Google. We work with our clients to understand their business and build their website around their SEO. In response to our service and ongoing hosting support, our clients have given us a verified solid 5-star Google business rating. Ready to discuss your new or replacement website? Call our sales manager Sarah for a no obligation chat on 07512 443336
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Office Services

Surrey Community Action
Outsourcing your business support needs to Surrey Community Action helps your bottom line and supports another charity too. We work with hundreds of organisations providing DBS checks, payroll services, meeting room hire and a host of other types of support.
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HR

Hunt 4 Office Solutions
After 24 years of working in Payroll & HR, Kerry Hunt established Hunt 4 Office Solutions to provide a cost effective outsourcing service for start-ups and established small businesses. Whatever your company’s size we understand that a business doesn’t always require a permanent Payroll & HR function and certainly not a full time one! As a start-up or small business you may be new to Payroll & HR management and only have a small team to pay and records to keep. Outsourcing enables you to get on with building your business without worrying about compliance. We can manage your monthly payroll andor HR needs with diligence and efficiency, saving you time and relieving the pressure on your other financialadmin duties. Our PayrollHR Service provides: • A dedicated contact to arrange your payroll according to the requirements of your business. • An HMRC recognised service that uses accredited payroll software. • Notification of PAYE sums. • P11Ds and P60s • Completed and filed returns. • Full compliance with Real Time Information (RTI) software • Pension Auto-enrolment • Terms and conditions of employment • Policiesprocedures • New starter documents Starting up can be daunting so pick up the phone and let us help you get on with growing your business rather than getting held up in the details – 07976 239284
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Marketing

Opportunity Marketing
 ? WHAT I DO: ? I help SME business owners boost their turnover and bottom line by supporting the creation of an effective marketing strategy? By using over 20 years’ experience in applying proven and robust approaches I help businesses to attract and engage with new prospects and secure profitable business. Book a FREE 30-minute call to discover how I can help you get the results you are looking for with your marketing Fiona.ellingham@opportunitymarketing.co.uk | 07534 094932 | 020 8391 4404 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fiona-ellingham/
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Marketing

Let's Do Marketing
Let’s Do Marketing is a subsidiary of Let’s Do Business Group that is here to help small businesses grow through marketing. Focussed on providing affordable and accessible support to new and small businesses, they offer consultancy and marketing services that can help you to achieve your big marketing ideas. Whether you’re just starting out with a brand new business or looking to grow, we can give you the guidance to create a marketing strategy that matches your goals. Let’s Do Marketing can also provide training to help you take control of your own marketing strategy, from learning new software and tools to creating award winning campaigns! Find out more about our services https://www.letsdomarketing.co.uk/ Want to chat about how Let’s Do Marketing can help you to level up your business? Get in touch at https://www.letsdomarketing.co.uk/contact or email us at hello@letsdomarketing.co.uk!
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Directory

Aquarius Blinds
Aquarius Blinds offer bespoke sun blinds and awnings for residential property or commercial premises anywhere in the UK. We offer a vast product choice at realistic prices, made in the UK and fitted by our in-house team, with a fast turnaround service. Visit the website to find out more.
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Property

Tim Greenwood & Associates
Tim Greenwood & Associates undertake surveys on an extensive range of properties. Whether you are looking at buying a new home or commercial premises, Tim Greenwood can provide you with detailed advice and more. Visit the website today and get in contact with the friendly team for a free quote.
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Funding

Access business finance up to £150k
Let’s Do Business Finance offers funding to both start-up businesses and businesses wanting to grow and invest in their future. Start up finance We’re one of the official Business Support Partners of the British Business Bank and Start Up Loan Company. We can offer loans from £500 up to £25k with a fixed interest rate of 6% per annum, and that includes 12 months of free mentoring to help you get off to the best start. Could you be eligible? Find out more https://www.letsdobusinessfinance.co.uk/lets-start-up Business loans Let’s Do Business Finance are able to offer business loans to help established businesses to grow. We’re accredited lenders of the Recovery Loan Scheme under the British Business Bank, and we’re able to lend from £25,001 to £150,000 on terms from 3 months to 6 years. This business finance can be used to help you secure anything from new premises, equipment, and capital, and our team can help you to assess your cash flow and finances, build your marketing strategy and more with our built-in business support which is tailored to your needs. Want to learn more about business loans, and see if you’re eligible? Visit our website https://www.letsdobusinessfinance.co.uk/ or send us an enquiry https://www.letsdobusinessfinance.co.uk/contact-us
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Directory

Sash Window Experts
Do you have draughtly, rattly or rotten box sash windows? Call Sash Window Experts and have your home’s beautiful original features restored to their former glory. From timber defects to double glazing, our experienced craftsmen will visit homes all over the South East. Get in touch today.
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Networking

BNI Surrey
BNI Surrey operates networking and referral groups all across Surrey and the London boroughs of Kingston, Sutton and Merton. Their members open doors for each other-introductions or referrals. BNI is a worldwide organisation and system it works really well for its members but its not right for everyone. The best way to find out if BNI is a good fit for you and your business is to have a no obligation trial visit to your nearest group you can see a map of all of the groups at: https://bnisurrey.com/en-GB/StartHere (click button below).
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Advice

Surrey County Council - Starting a New Business
Surrey County Council appreciates starting a new business has many pitfalls so they have put together some key information that should help you if you are providing products or a service to customers.
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Directory

First Vehicle Finance
First Vehicle Finance Ltd are a car leasing and van leasing brokers with many years’ experience in helping you secure the best deal for your next private or commercial vehicle. Let us guide you through the process, helping you get the best vehicle for your needs, on the best terms for your wallet.
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Networking

Fabulous Women
Fabulous Women is a not-for-profit community of women celebrating our lives and our businesses. We aim to encourage and support women in life and business by providing cost effective ways to network, collaborate and share our know-how. We host netwinning meetings (because fabulous women dont just network, we netwin) and are growing fast. Why not come along and experience the difference? No membership is required and you can choose to come and go as you please.
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Directory

Golf Swing Systems Ltd
Golf Swing Systems Ltd design, manufacture and installation of indoor golfing studios, training courses, launch monitor systems, video golf coaching systems and much more. We can design the exact set-up you need, no matter how big or small, whether it is for practice, pleasure or business.
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Advice

Let's Do Business Group
With the ability to help businesses across all sectors, our team can offer business consultancy services to help you achieve your goals. The Let’s Do Business Group can provide virtual business consultancy services through our team of business professionals and quality assured consultants. Whether its developing a business plan or strategy, coaching or mentoring of senior staff and business owners, or just being a sounding board our team are here to help. We offer a free initial consultation so that we understand your needs, and you get to know us. We will then agree how we will work together and our fees – this could be from a one off session, a short support programme or a longer term project. We also have access to a range of other business specialists to help you with anything from Marketing to HR – so whatever your need, we can find a solution. Contact the team today at https://www.letsdobusinessgroup.co.uk/contact-us or email info@ldbgroup.co.uk
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Grants

Woking Works - Events
woking works website has a page dedicated to their own forthcoming events as well as others that may be of interest to the wider Woking business community.
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Directory

Wessex Garage Doors
Upgrade your garage door this year by utilising the expertise of Wessex Garage Doors. Skilled in repair, maintenance and installation of a wide range of garage doors, the specialist team have a reputation for delivering a first-class service to each of their clients. Discover more on our website.
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Advice

Surrey Chambers of Commerce Start Up Clinics
Are you thinking of starting a business, or maybe you’ve already started one and need some advice? Setting up a business is an exciting and inspirational opportunity but can also prove to be extremely challenging, especially on your own. Surrey Chambers of Commerce are pleased to be able to bring you these free 1-2-1 Business Start-up Clinics to help you on your journey to success.
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Advice

Enterprise M3 Growth Hub
Aimed at businesses looking to succeed in the Enterprise M3 area, the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub is an expert advice and resource network which helps businesses achieve results quickly through a free personal, tailored service focused on Growth. Delivered by BE Group with its expert partners, SETsquared, Business South and the County Councils of Hampshire and Surrey, the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub is driving impact by working in new ways based on what businesses tell us they need, to help them fulfil their potential.
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Advice

Surrey Chambers of Commerce
Surrey Chambers of Commerce is the county’s largest independent not-for-profit business support and networking organisation. We love to champion Surrey’s businesses, so why not join and be one of them? Small Business with massive ambitions We work closely with businesses of all sizes, understanding the pressures on smaller organisations and helping them achieve their ambitions. You’d be surprised how much your business has in common with others, find out how you can benefit from joining us.
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Advice

Business Options
Business Options are a specialist Franchising and Business Expansion consultancy, that combines hands-on experience with established business practices, to provide tailored, practical, realistic advice and support in the fields of Franchising, Licensing, Distributorships, Agencies and other forms of Business Expansion.
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Funding

Enterprise M3 Funding Escalator
The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership has committed £10million of capital to create a new funding escalator comprising a loan scheme and an equity fund managed by The FSE Group. If you are an ambitious SME based within the Enterprise M3 geographic area* with the potential to deliver high growth and employment opportunities, you may be eligible to apply. Our fund managers offer guidance and support during the application process and further help after the loan or investment is made. We always aim to provide a speedy response to any enquiry.
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Funding

S100 Club
The S100 Club is a unique Angel Investment Network, showcasing the best innovative high-growth propositions. It is a not-for-profit club with a focus on creating a strong and connected network of investors and presenting them with the best investment propositions from across the UK.
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Networking

BNI Surrey
The benefits of BNI membership are many, varied and, most importantly, proven to help build any kind of business. Networking has never been more powerful. As soon as you join BNI, you’ll effectively receive an instant ‘marketing’ team – a group of local business people who will start searching out new customers for you.
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IT

CloudTech24
One Stop Shop providing comprehensive and flexible business IT services with a focus on driving efficiencies and productivity and delivering cyber security protection.
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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.

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