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How to Start a Business in Wirral

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

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How to Start a Business in Wirral

Starting a business in Wirral

If you are thinking about starting a business in Wirral or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place.

Start Your Own Business in Wirral 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.

Starting a business in Wirral

Local help for startups

There is plenty of help for startups in Wirral but where can it be found?

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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.

The next workshop is on Friday 19th January 2023 9.30am to 12.30pm

Startup mentoring

Would you like some personal mentoring? Whether you are wondering if starting a business is right for you, already have a plan, or are thinking about applying for funding, we would love to help.

Andy Pringle has been supporting startups for the past 20+ years and will be happy to work with you on a 1-2-1 basis. Please get in touch to find out more.

Free startup guide

Start Your Own Business in 2021

Download the 2022 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.

Key Contacts in Wirral

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

Wirral 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.

Advice

One Economy
Starting your business? You may be simply thinking about starting a new business in the coming weeks or months, or you may have already fully committed to the journey. Whatever stage you are at, you need to ensure that you have the right planning, strategies and systems in place to ensure you are on the right track from the onset. Our professional advisers can help you with: Business structures, Incorporation of the business, Business growth and planning, Financial management, Marketing strategies Through the Business Start Up Programme you can access: * Bespoke, one-to-one support to start your business. * Access to specialist guidance, knowledge and expertise * Accredited advisers who understand all forms of business and enterprise * Assistance to access suitable forms of funding to support your ambitions Depending upon your location, grant funding may be available so your business start-up support is free of charge. Such support is dependent upon grant funding eligibility at the time of application.
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Accountancy

Oakes Accounting
Offering a personal and professional accounting and bookkeeping service for the small business and self-employed. We make accounting simple and provide an online UK wide accountancy service for one FIXED MONTHLY FEE, with no hidden extras. Free software and advice. No time consuming meetings necessary.
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Citizens Advice Knowsley - Business Start Up
Citizens Advice Knowsley have entered a new partnership with Enterprise Hub, the enterprise gateway for business start-up support in Merseyside. What is Enterprise Hub? Enterprise Hub offers expert advice and support to local residents who are thinking of starting a business or becoming self-employed, bringing together expert community organisations from across the Liverpool City region.
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IT

E2E Technologies
E2E Technologies provides customers with tangible outputs in terms of improved business performance, through the efficient deployment and integration of Information Technology.Whether youre looking for an on-premise IT support provider or wanting to migrate to the cloud, we have the expertise to manage your IT requirements end-to-end. We make sure we tailor any solution and support we provide so its right for your business needs.
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Liverpool City Council Business Support and Advice
Business support and advice. This page on the Liverpool City Council's website contains details of a number of organisations and services are on hand to help you start or grow your business.
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Invest Sefton
InvestSefton in Partnership with the Enterprise Hub offers Start Up support to Sefton residents. Enterprise Hub is the enterprise gateway for business start-up support in Liverpool City Region. Offering expert advice and support to anyone who is thinking about starting a business. Whether you are considering your self-employment options or have a clear business idea and are ready to receive guidance to start, get in touch with the Enterprise Hub team who can link you to local support to guide you through your journey.
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Networking

FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire & Wigan
FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire & Wigan 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: Phil McCabe Development Manager Phil.McCabe@fsb.org.uk
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Advice

Liverpool Business and Intellectual Property Centre
Based on the first floor of Central Library, the Business and Intellectual Property Centre can support you if you're looking to start or grow your business. From taking those first steps to successfully launching and developing a business, you will find people and business resources here to help you.
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Bookkeeping

A2B Bookkeeping Services
Our aim in business is to take away the hassle of worrying about your business finances by providing you with a Bookkeeping Service which you can trust. If you are not happy with the service you are given we offer a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Whether you are a new or established small business, it is highly important to keep expenses to a minimum. Profits will happen eventually but often not within the first few months of opening. Some business owners will try to cut costs by not hiring a bookkeeper. Instead they will get admin staff to manage their financial records. Although expenses are reduced in the short term this could be a mistake. Off-the-shelf accounting software may be easy to buy but it isn’t necessarily easy to use – properly. By hiring A2B Bookkeeping Services you will avoid some mistakes listed below. 1. Invoicing Incorrectly Incorrect invoicing may entail a lot of extra time reconciling your products sold or services rendered, thus resulting in inability to collect from your customers on time. Also, if not done on time, invoicing can strain your cash flow. A2B Bookkeeping Services will ensure that invoices are correct and prepared in a timely manner. They can also monitor “aging of accounts” to make sure that receivables are collected from customers on time. 2. Unknowingly Missing Deadlines There are specific dates for filing your taxes and other requirements to the government. Missing a date, no matter how unintentional, can cost you penalties and other charges. With A2B Bookkeeping Services, the only thing that you have to worry about is getting all the pertinent information to them on time. They’ll take care of the rest. 3. Incorrectly Classifying Items for Taxation Purposes Tax laws are revised and updated periodically. What is classified as an item under a particular tax bracket or rule may change. A2B Bookkeeping Services are always abreast with the latest tax rules. They also have a clear understanding of items that may be tax deductible for your business. Trust A2B Bookkeeping Services and take advantage of their knowledge. In the long run you will save money and headaches. 4. Lack of Know-How in Using Accounting Software Inaccuracies in handling the accounting side of the business can potentially lead to more losses than you think – Not to mention government penalties. It sounds obvious, but accounting software works best if the correct data is inputted. What you put into the system, is proportionate to the output. A2B Bookkeeping Services understands this perfectly. The advantage for you as a client is that you don’t have to worry at the end of your fiscal year. Ensuring proper handling of your company’s bookkeeping needs is paramount to your business success. Don't delay, call TODAY.
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Advice

Startups - Starting a business in Liverpool
Startups is a leading website dedicated to supplying useful information to anyone thinking about starting a business. Startups was founded over 20 years ago by a serial entrepreneur and the site contains a page dedicated to the Liverpool area.
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Advice

Blue Orchid
Blue Orchid has extensive experience of delivering business start-up programmes across the UK. Our programmes include not only the general start-up advice essential for all entrepreneurs, but also in-depth training on key business issues for high growth start-ups and young businesses. Our experience in delivering start-up support as lead accountable body, delivery partner and sub-contractor has also allowed us to develop a tried and tested implementation process. This ensures that we can not only provide a rapid roll-out of support services but can do so using processes and procedures that are compliant with the most stringent monitoring and audit requirements including ERDF/ESF compliance.
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Advice

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
The Liverpool City Region LEP is Liverpool City Region’s primary economic development company, and the most innovative of its kind in the country.
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Accountancy

DSG Chartered Accountants
DSG Chartered Accountants are on hand to help you through the start up process, offering advice on the right business structure for you, producing a business plan, applying for finance and well make sure you remain complaint with HM Revenue and Customs.
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Directory

Cosey Homes
Cosey Homes are an established firm of Chartered Surveyors for residential and commercial property across the UK. Our building expertise, independent judgement and quality of reporting will help you get the most out of your domestic or commercial property investment. Contact us today.
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Networking

St Helens Chamber
St Helens Chamber is a large and dynamic social enterprise, with a long history of helping the business community create prosperity and opportunity in and around St Helens. We are a unique organisation which has have moved beyond the typical Chamber of Commerce model into a private-sector led not-for-profit, that works with local businesses, partners and the community to contribute to growth and regeneration. St Helens Chamber, Salisbury Street, Off Chalon Way, St Helens. WA10 1FY
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Advice

The Womens Organisation
If you have a great idea for a new business, The Women’s Organisation is here to help. Everyone’s journey is different, from the exciting light bulb moment of initial inspiration, to the many milestones along the way towards actually starting your own business. We can help you with a bespoke plan to suit your personal circumstances and experience, which will give your new business the very best chance of success. So talk to us today about your big idea, and let’s get your business ball rolling.
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Advice

Business 4 Beginners
Business 4 Beginners offers free advice for startups in the UK. Their website contains a page dedicated to Liverpool and the surrounding area.
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Funding

MSIF
Investment & Support for the Liverpool City Region and the North West. MSIF provides a wide range of funding to businesses across the North West, predominantly in the Liverpool City Region and surrounding areas. Funding is available from as little as 3k right up to 2 million+ for a variety of business needs including start-ups, expansions, acquisitions and management buy outs/buy ins.
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Networking

Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce
Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce exists to create business. We commit that we will develop and grow more than 60 businesses every year through Spark Up, our private-sector funded accelerator programme for entrepreneurs Address: Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce ,Number One Old Hall Street,Liverpool,L3 9HG
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Advice

Alt Valley Business Start Up Support
Starting a new business can be daunting. Whether going self-employed, opening a new company or starting a new social enterprise, the skills and planning necessary to ensure a new venture is strong and successful can often seem overwhelming. Alt Valley Community Trust has been supporting new businesses for over seven years. Through two major European Union part-funded projects, Making Business Work and Enterprise Hub, we have worked with over 4,000 businesses, assisting from starting up to helping them grow. We now provide tailored support for those living in Croxteth, Old Swan, Dovecot, Knotty Ash, and Yew Tree areas of the city. Alt Valley Community Trust, Altcross Road, Croxteth, Liverpool L11 0BS
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Networking

Wirral Chamber of Commerce
Wirral Chamber of Commerce will be the voice of industry and commerce in Wirral, driving business growth and competiveness locally, nationally and internatonally. Wirral Chamber of Commerce will work to develop and promote Wirral as a vibrant and attractive environment in which businesses can thrive, and is seen as an area recognised for investment, job creation, and economic prosperity. Address: Egerton House, 2 Tower Road, Birkenhead, CH41 1FN
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How to start a business

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