Start Your Own Business in Watford

Starting a business in Watford

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

Start Your Own Business in Watford contains free resources and information that will help you get your new venture off the ground.

It also highlights local organisations who are happy to offer friendly advice and services that you need.

Free Start Your Own Business Book

Start Your Own Business in 2017

Start Your Own Business in 2017

This 180 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'!

You can download the whole book now (free of charge).

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

Download Pack

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.

Recommended Local Partners

We are extremely grateful to our local partners. They have been kind enough to support us and are keen to help you too. Please do make the most of their services.


Three Counties Wills
Three Counties Wills
Over six years experience with a Will and Trust company dealing with Personal and Business Legal Matters.


- Wills
- Property Trusts
- Lasting Powers of Attorney - Asset trusts
- Pre-paid probate
- Pre-paid funeral plans.

Its not about the Money - its about the legacy you leave behind!

I would also be pleased to hear from Accountants with a view to advising their Corporate Client Bank on Professional legal needs with a view to fee sharing.

STANTA (St Albans Enterprise Agency)
Stanta (St Albans Enterprise Agency)
12 hours of free business advice and training for Hertfordshire based new, start up and established micro businesses (up to 3½ years old)

The 12 hours of support might consist of:

* 2 hr business advice meeting with an experienced business adviser
* Assistance with registering the business with HMRC and Companies House
* Attend Business Planning workshop (6 hrs), topics covered are:

– Understand the process of creating a business plan from research, through to preparing, to implementation
– Understand key strategy issues
– Develop a marketing plan
– Understand key financial data – cash flow, profit and loss

* Attend a training course of your choice (2hrs), see our list of forthcoming courses:

* Attend a legal surgery (45 mins) if you have a specific legal query; such as commercial contracts, intellectual property – this is optional, not obligatory

* Final 2hrs – you choose: attend another training workshop or have a free business advice follow up

At a business advice meeting, you will receive personalised advice and a detailed reference pack, along with a follow-up email indicating the key action points.

The advice may include everything you need to set up your business, from practical, legal and financial information through to a thorough analysis of your business strategy.

This evaluation will include a review of any competitive advantages that you may have (e.g. useful contacts or experience), potential or current customers, competitors, pricing structure, SWOT* analysis and planned marketing activity.

Woodbridge & Co
Woodbridge & Co

Breeze and Wyles Solicitors LLP
Breeze And Wyles Solicitors Llp

Bowley Design
Bowley Design
Reserved for Bowley Design

4Networking gives you all the support, networking (and appointments!) that you and your business needs.

For over 11 years, tens of thousands of Passport members have been part of 4N and you can join them.

You can try a couple of meetings as a visitor before deciding to become a Passport member.

The team at each group (drawn from local business owners) will ensure that you receive a friendly welcome.

Choice Digital
Choice Digital

The team at Choice Digital combine over 10 years of expertise in delivering SEO and website marketing solutions with one goal: to help you win more clients online.


If you think choice digital might be a good fit in helping you win more clients online – and if you qualify – we would first recommend you apply for a custom Website Audit for your business, free of charge.

That way, we can then have a valuable conversation about how well your website is currently optimised for the search engines, and you will also receive advice on immediate and actionable steps to effectively gain and convert more high-value enquiries.

If we mutually agree that your business can benefit from our SEO and website conversion solutions, we will then put together a personalized proposal complete with price and expectations.

The Enterprise Garden
The Enterprise Garden

The Enterprise Garden provides business start up advice and training to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Hertfordshire.

We are delighted to be partnering Start Your Own Business and sharing this valuable online resource with our clients.

We provide thorough, professional training with personalised support through mentoring and practical help with networking.

Our inspirational lead trainer, Jean Flower, has a track record of helping people achieve their entrepreneurship ambitions, and has personally experienced and overcome many of the hurdles that face start-ups - particularly women.

She says

"I looked around at what was on offer for people starting out in business and realised that, whilst there is advice and information out there, it's all down to the new business owner to put it into practice. What they need is real help" and that's why I launched The Enterprise Garden - to actually provide that help.

Jean passionately believes that enterprise can transform people's lives, giving them the opportunity to experience personal growth, new optimism and the motivation to succeed.

We organise training courses throughout Hertfordshire.

Visit our website for more information about our services.

24-7 website has been designing:

WWW pages,
online stores,
creating applications which facilitate the maintenance of websites

It has been created by a team with years of experience in various branches of IT industry. The websites we create includes a diverse and wide-range of topics tailored to the needs of customers of all specialties.

If you can help local start-ups and small business owners in Watford, we would be delighted to help you reach them. Add Free Listing

Starting a New Business - Key Facts

In addition to these local pages, we have also compiled a library of information covering all of the most important issues that you have to consider when you start a business.

This includes articles, downloads and links to the best resources that are available for new business start ups.

Useful Start-Up Resources

Start Up Funding

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