Start Your Own Business in Yorkshire

FREE Start-Up Book

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

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'!

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FREE Resources and Local Contacts

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

Start Your Own Business in Yorkshire 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.

Free start-up pack

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 and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this Yorkshire section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in Yorkshire who would love 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

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

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Yorkshire Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Yorkshire area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)


4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

Aurawaves Ltd

We are Yorkshire Web Designers based near Bridlington and Filey, who concentrate on helping small, local business' reach their online goals. Are you tired of big business making it hard to trade and earn an honest living? We are too, because like you, we are a small business as well so we understand how hard it can be. We are lovers of good looking design and easy to use systems that help you improve sales and increase efficiency! WHAT WE DO We build & promote websites to improve sales and efficiency, allowing you to compete with big business online and show them that local business rules! We've come to realise that local, small business is so much better than big, faceless corporations and that's why we are on a quest to build websites and systems that don't cost the earth (small business, small price tag!) but help you compete online with big business! We know exactly how you feel and it's time for change! We are determined to help local business' in Yorkshire succeed online!

Business Starts North East and Yorkshire

Business Starts provide a well-qualified and accredited business advisor to business owners who want to start, grow, access funding, manage projects and plan for success. Some of our programmes are government backed and structured, others are independent, flexible and tailored to you. Business Starts will not only help you access funding but will help you use and manage if for the best interests for your business. Based in Birtley and Northallerton, we work with local clients across the North East and North Yorkshire, including Durham, Darlington, Northallerton, Hartlepool, Peterlee, Saltburn, Redcar, Thirsk, Bedale, Catterick and Harrogate. We also work on government funded programmes across England, Scotland and Wales.

CBA Financials

Running your own business ? Snowed under with the paperwork ? We are specialists in providing quality financial services with outstanding support. Our expert personalised service can take care of all your bookkeeping and financial needs, quickly and efficiently. Why not contact us to see how we can handle the financial paperwork, leaving you to do what you do best... Run YOUR business.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Inglis Chartered Accountants

Inglis Chartered Accountants are a proactive, professional and practical firm of accountants based in York. We specialise in taking the pain of numbers away.

Nigel Wright Accounting

We are leading independent Chartered Certified Accountants based in West Yorkshire offering more than the usual range of accountancy services. We have a dynamic and commercially focused team with extensive experience ranging from worldwide, market leading businesses to individuals with personal wealth. We believe that our integrity and experience enable us to have a close and trusted relationship with our clients.

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

The Acorn Fund

The Acorn Fund is a Delivery Partner for the Government Start Up Loan scheme and are happy to discuss your thoughts and ideas either over the phone, via email or by calling at our office. Contact Craig Simpson on 01482 324976 or email Chamber Acorn Fund (Humber) Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Acorn - The Hull Business Development Fund
Acorn -the Hull Business Development Fund Limited is a 'gap funder', operating across a large geographic area and committed to finding ways to support the financially excluded with commercial funding. We look for a viable business project which will create employment and provide a sustained benefit to the economy. 01482 324976

Airedale Enterprise Services
Affectionately known as the Small Business Support Centre, cover the Aire Valley and surrounding areas. We offer a range of free services aimed at promoting enterprise and helping businesses, and have done so for over 20 years. 01535 607 775

Airedale Enterprise Services
Airedale Enterprise Services is the centre of excellence and choice for small business support and enterprise in Yorkshire & Humber and East Lancashire. Based in Keighley, we deliver business support, advice and training to existing businesses, start-ups, colleges, social enterprises and individuals. 01535 607775

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber will be the voice of business in the locality and a driving force to support member's productivity and profitability in challenging global markets. Address: 2 Genesis Park, Sheffield Rd, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1DX 0844 414 5100

Business Enterprise Fund
Established in 2004 the Business Enterprise Fund lends to businesses throughout West and North Yorkshire who are unable to access funding from mainstream sources. Loans from 500 to 150,000 are available. The Fund lends to all types of businesses, from sole traders to limited companies and to start-ups and existing businesses. Applications are accepted from all sectors. 0845 200 3919

Business Support & Development Ltd
Business Support & Development Ltd is a "not for profit" Company established in 1987 to provide business support services in North Yorkshire. Over the past 26 years we have expanded our breadth of services to a regional level covering Yorkshire and The Humber. We have established ourselves as a well regarded training provider of choice for adult vocational training and also operate public contacts providing business and unemployment support to the local communities we serve. 01943 86 58 82

East Riding of Yorkshire Council Business Services
Hosted by the council, the enterprise agency offers a range of business support services including, pre-start one to one advice, mentoring, growing your business, events and networking opportunities. Services are free to East Riding residents and businesses. Please call or visit the website for further details. 01482 381710

Experience Enterprise
The above organisation is a National Enterprise Network Quality Assured member - this category of membership is for a not-for-profit independent organisation that provides independent advice, training or mentoring to new and emerging businesses, who also carry a recognised quality standard (currently ISO or Customer First). 01472 312121

Finance For Enterprise
Finance For Enterprise is a not for profit company limited by guarantee, established over 25 years providing loan funding and advice to new start, early stage and established businesses across South Yorkshire and North Midlands. Providing an alternative source of loan finance for businesses unable to access mainstream funds. Loans up to £100,000 can be used for working capital or to support growth and development projects. A registered lender under the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme. 0333 014 3455

FSB North Yorkshire
FSB North Yorkshire 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: Emma Smailes Development Manager Contact via website or e-mail.

FSB South and East Yorkshire
FSB South and East Yorkshire 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: Neville Martin Development Manager Contact via website or e-mail.

FSB West Yorkshire
FSB West Yorkshire 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: Lyndsey Whitaker Development Manager Contact via website or e-mail.

Goole Development Trust
Enterprise Agency delivering a range of services for SMEs and social enterprises from business support, mentoring and loans up to 50,000. All services are free to the user. 01405 766076

Humber LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Humber LEP is a business-led partnership with education and four local authorities working together to promote and develop the area surrounding the Humber Estuary, and provide strategic economic leadership to create jobs and deliver growth. The Humber region is experiencing an economic, social, cultural and infrastructural renaissance and the LEP is at the forefront of driving growth and prosperity. To achieve these we focus on creating an infrastructure to support growth, supporting businesses to succeed anddeveloping a skilled workforce. 01482 485260

Leeds City Region LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership builds on pre-existing city-region arrangements and proposes to take on further responsibilities for strategy, funding, investment, planning and commissioning of economic development and regeneration activities. 0113 3481818

Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
We help your business to get connected, get supported and have your say. If you're interested in joining, you can find out more about the benefits of joining us, discover what our members say about us or read some case studies. Address: New Commerce House, 168 Westgate, Wakefield, WF2 9SR 01924 311600

Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO)
RiDO can provide business advice, free property searches & property marketing, recruitment & training advice and help starting your company 01709 254444

Established since 1999, Sirius is a BIS registered Enterprise Agency, and also a fully accredited Community Development Finance Initiative. Based in Hedon, Sirius offers free advice and business loans for local people setting up a business in the area, or to expand an already successful business in Hull and the East Riding Of Yorkshire. 01482 890146

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Our brand values underpin the ethos of the business and the people within it. Partnerships: We work closely with companies and individuals to improve business performance. We work closely with public and regional bodies to ensure that the business agenda is at the forefront of agendas. We do all this by building strong relationships based on trust and experience Address: Devere House, Vicar Lane, Little Germany, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5AH 08455 240 240

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
The people behind West & North Yorkshire Chamber are business people just like you.Our Board, who run the organisation, face the same or similar challenges to you in their businesses or organisations every day. 01274 772777

West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency
The West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency (WYEA) is the enterprise arm of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce and has been supporting local businesses for over 25 years. During that time we have assisted thousands of new and growing businesses across West Yorkshire through Job Centre Plus and previously Business Link. 01924 311600

Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Limited
a non-profit making organisation dedicated to the growth and posperity of local business. Our function is to help local business start and existing business grow and prosper. If you are sttarting in Business - contact us for a free, impartial and confidential chat. Topics that may be covered: raising finance, grants, taxation, NI Contributions, Business Plans, cash-flow, book-keeping, VAT, renting property etc. 01723 588063

Yorkshire Coast Enterprise Ltd
Funding sources allow us to provide totally free services, and with superior business planning help, advice and mentorship, we are one of the leading business support organisations in the North East of England. We help ordinary everyday people get their business idea up and running and assist them to secure low interest start-up loans. With one of the highest scores in the Customer First Scheme in the UK, we pride ourselves in delivering excellent services. 01723 588063

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