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How to Start a Business in Salisbury

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How to Start a Business in Salisbury

Starting a business in Salisbury

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

Start Your Own Business in Salisbury 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.

Grants | Networking groups | Business advice | Mentoring | Co-working spaces

Starting a business in Salisbury

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!

Starting a Business in in Salisbury

Business advice and support

"Two heads are better than one."

Whether you have been trading for some time, are new to the market or are just thinking about starting a business of your own, it has been proven that your chances of success are considerably improved if you seek support from an experienced business advisor or mentor. You can find out more about both options at Business Advice in Salisbury and Business Mentors in Salisbury.

Funding and grants

Running out of money is one the most common reasons why businesses fail. This risk of this happening to can be avoided (or minimised) by careful planning and cashflow forecasting. If you need additional funds to start or keep your business going, you can learn more about your options and download our free funding factsheet at: Salisbury Business Grants and Business Funding

Business networking

Does the idea of business networking fill you with delight or dread? Either way, it can be beneficial for both your business and you as an entrepreneur. See Business Networking in Salisbury for details of local groups and our free Networking Factsheet.

Business premises

Working from home is appealing to many new business owners but not practical for many others. Even if you are running a business by yourself, you might like to consider the option of 'hot desking' or co-working in one of the many flexi-workspaces that have emerged in recent years. Find out more at: Salisbury Co-Working and Business Premises.

Finding new customers

Paying customers are the lifeblood of any business. Knowing how to find, satisfy and retain them is vitally important and best achieved with the help of experts in the field.

Accountancy, tax and law

While starting a new business is very exciting, this should not disguide the fact that there are some very important legal responsibilities that must be considered. See: Bookkeeping, Accountancy, Financial Planning and Law

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.

Free startup guide

Start Your Own Business in Salisbury

Download the 2024 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.
Starting a business in Salisbury

Key Contacts in Salisbury

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

Salisbury 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

Work Wiltshire
Visit our one-stop website, containing a huge amount of education, employment, training and apprenticeship information
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Advice

Wiltshire County Council
Wiltshire county Councils website contains a section dedicated to business advice and support. Here youi will find information about business raters, health & safety, licenses and permits, CSE, trading standards, commercial waste, food safety, economic, DBS. There are also links to relevant support organisations and sources of business funding. It is run by the Economic Regeneration. Economy Regeneration Wiltshire Council County Hall Trowbridge Wiltshire BA14 8JD
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Advice

The Enterprise Network
The Enterprise Network (TEN), a £5.2m initiative led by Wiltshire Council with Government and EU funding, is nurturing new and growing small and micro businesses in Swindon and Wiltshire by supporting them right from the first ‘light bulb’ moment.
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Advice

Swindon & Wiltshire Growth Hub
The Growth Hub is an exciting new online community developed exclusively for the businesses of Swindon and Wiltshire. The Hub directs you to a wide range of impartial business support and advice, as well as providing valuable insights, access to events, specialist programmes and funding to help your business thrive. The Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub provides you with a single gateway through which to access support, whether you are starting, running or growing your business. Using the Growth Hub you can find direct support from our telephone helpline or arrange a face-to-face meeting with an experienced and impartial Business Adviser. Their business support helpline number is 01225 402096
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Marketing

South Wilts Business Expo
The South Wilts Business Expo is an unique experience where local businesses can discover, learn and network together. South Wilts Business Expo has connected Wiltshire’s corporate business owners with other like-minded businesses. Whether you are looking to improve your brand, build partnerships, or learn, South Wiltshire Business Expo has your answer.
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Marketing

SouthWest Business
A good place to keep up to date with business news for Swindon and Wiltshire. They have a free newsletter and opportiunities to advertise your business.
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Advice

Starting Up - Swindon & Wiltshire LEP Growth Hub
A great start-up resource which includes: * An introduction to Business Regulations and Starting Up * Business Opportunity Factsheets * Choosing the Right Legal Structure * Selling Goods Online * Starting a Business in Wiltshire * Talent for Wiltshire Employers * Start Up Resouirces
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Bookkeeping

Sandra Silk Bookkeeping
Its difficult to know what to do when you start a new business. You probably have done lots of research but still have lots of questions. We have worked with many different types of new and established business and we can provide you with guidance on initial set up with advice on record keeping and support as your business grows. One to One Consultation Our One to One Consultations focus specifically on your business and you will be given guidance on topics relevant to you. You will also receive a free copy of our Mini Guide to Keeping Your Accounts. ASK US TODAY if you would like some guidance on setting up and keeping the records for your new business.
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Advice

Salisbury BID
Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID) was elected in 2014 and encompasses of over 550 business members within the ring road of the city centre who pay into the Salisbury BID levy. Businesses premises with a rateable value exceeding £10,000 pays a 1.5% levy. Salisbury BID’s funds exceed more than £400,000 each year which is allocated to projects and services which are beneficial to our members. These projects and services are split into 3 key areas: 1. Welcoming, Clean & Safe 2. Marketing & Events 3. Business Support
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Networking

Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an association of Member businesses and organisations, governed by an elected Board comprising local business people. We are a not for profit, independent organisation originally founded by a group of Salisbury businesses in 1912.
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Property

Old Fire Station
The Old Fire Station Enterprise Centre on Salt Lane, Salisbury is ideal for anyone looking for highly competitive, start-up business space at the heart of the city centre with the main shopping area, eating places, theatres and transport connections all within a few minutes stroll. The Enterprise Centre not only provides offices for start-up, micro and small businesses - perfect for those who, until now, have been working from home - it also offers excellent business networking facilities for events, seminars, workshops and meetings, and a communal space to relax with business colleagues and clients. There are also meeting rooms ideal for training, presentations and conferences. Salt Lane, Salisbury SP1 1DU
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HR

Meridian Business Support
Meridian Business Support is one of the leading recruitment agencies in Salisbury. We are an award-winning national recruitment agency and are very proud of our many Industry awards which recognise our candidate care and specialist client services. If you are a candidate looking for Jobs in Salisbury we can assist you with your job search.
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Advice

Free Business Advice Clinics in Salisbury
Wiltshire Council is offering a free advice clinic to Salisbury businesses through our partner, Inspire, the Chamber of Commerce organisation for Wiltshire. A business adviser will be available at our Enterprise Centre at 1 Salt Lane on a drop-in basis to help with any business issues you may have, including marketing, sales, access to finance including cash flow, tax advice, leadership mentoring and more. You can just drop in or book ahead by calling 01225 355553 and asking for Jade Simons.
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Advice

Inspire
Inspire is the trading name for the Wessex Chambers of Commerce, a not for profit organisation representing SME businesses across every sector of the local economy. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, inform and support businesses throughout their life cycle, from Start up, to growing enterprises and right up to our large corporate success stories. We are funded from our partner and member subscriptions and from service contracts with the Department for Business Communities and Local Government. There are a number of ways in which your business can engage with us. We offer a range of business services from discounted or free products and networking opportunities through LEGACY MEMBERSHIP, as well as our CLIENTS. There are also opportunities to join us as PARTNERS to work with us on delivering the above to the business community. Our experienced team come from diverse and varied business backgrounds and, between them, have a wealth of knowledge and expertise together with an enviable hub of contacts to put at the disposal of your business. Whats more, our services are heavily subsidised, confidential and impartial.
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Networking

WiltsHour
Welcome to the directory website of the #WiltsHour - a free weekly networking event for Wiltshire businesses held on Twitter every Monday evening from 8-9pm. Bulldog Websites founded and sponsor the #WiltsHour and WiltsHour.co.uk to offer local free marketing to local businesses, helping you to promote your Wiltshire business and gain new followers and friends. This is a great new networking event - take part from the comfort of your sofa after a hard days work. Come along and join us - simply tweet about your business, new products, offers, or just say hi! using the hashtag #WiltsHour and well do the rest!
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Co-Working

The Portway Centre
The Portway Centre has operated as the Premier Serviced Office facility in the Salisbury area since 1999. We have recently refurbished 75% of the whole building to a modern, high tech, vibrant and work oriented environment for professional people and companies. It is our plan to continue to refurbish the building to the highest standards, with the latest technology as and when needed.We offer co-working space from 6.00 per day, serviced offices from 120 ft to 1800+ ft starting at 230.00 per month, virtual offices from 45.00 per month, Boardroom and meeting rooms from 28.00 per hour.The Portway Centre boasts its own car park with 98 spaces for exclusive use of our tenants and visitors.The Portway Centre offers the highest level of security with CCTV, and individual Office security. The intruder alarm is monitored 24/7 with mobile security present after office hours. Tenants have 24/7 access. Reception is manned during office hours 5 days a week.We are continuing to follow Covid19 precautions and our Risk Assessment is on public display
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Bookkeeping

Assisi Bookkeeping
Accountancy and Bookkeeping Services. Do you know HMRC’s Allowances, Deadlines and Penalties? Are you Not sure how to keep your books and accounts in order and require some advice? Assisi Bookkeeping Ltd is a friendly and personally approachable Salisbury based business providing accountancy and bookkeeping services. Offering an individualised, affordable and comprehensive service, from start up to existing businesses. Assisi Bookkeeping Ltd offers services which includes general bookkeeping, payroll, VAT returns, year-end financial statements, Self-Assessment and Corporation Tax.
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Advice

Business West
Starting a business is a rewarding, challenging experience. But its one that you don’t have to face alone. Whether you’ve got a business idea that you would like to explore further, or you’ve been trading for up to a year, we can help you gain the advice, knowledge and funding needed to improve your chances of success. From one-to-one support, to workshops, to helping you apply for a start-up loan, we are here to help.
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Networking

Wiltshire Chamber of Commerce
Wiltshire Chamber of Commerce connects businesses from across the county and works in partnership with charities, the public sector and Government to help your grow your business and stimulate local economic growth. Under the directorship of Ian Larrard, who is also Director of the Swindon Initiative, Governor of Swindon College and Chair of Swindon BID, Wiltshire’s businesses are brought together to collaborate and profit from sharing knowledge, goods and services. Wiltshire Chamber members enjoy a number of benefits including: * Raise your profile online, in the press and among your peers * Opportunities to find new business and advance your sales pipeline * Network with experienced and influential business leaders in the local area and beyond * Have your views represented at a local and national level to decision makers who listen * Gain preferential access to training, advice and support services to help your business grow Plus, as part of Business West, Wiltshire Chamber provides a local access point to government funding, business services and support, as well as other business opportunities available via your fellow members.
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Accountancy

AMS Accountancy Ltd
We are a firm of Chartered Accountants based in Swindon. We work with all small and new businesses in the local area and with Freelance Contractors throughout the UK. We are approachable and technically up to date so you can rely on us for good practical advice that is jargon free. Good luck with your business and we hope to meet you.
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Networking

Salisbury Chamber
The Salisbury & District Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an association of Member businesses and organisations, governed by an elected Board comprising local business people. We are a not for profit, independent organisation originally founded by a group of Salisbury businesses in 1912.
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Web design

New Valley Web Design
New Valley Web Design specialise in doing websites for start ups, charities and not for profit organisations. Prices for start ups are heavily discounted because we want you to succeed and a high quality, responsive web site that is optimised for search engines will help you enormously. We also do blogs, ecommerce sites and email marketing. We provide the complete hosting package in plain English without the use of technical jargon. Furthermore we will provide reasonable technical support, help, advice and support. What can be better than that ! Just leave your digital strategy to us and we will take care of it for you.
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Opportunities

Businesses for Sale in Salisbury
Gumtree list businesses for sale in Salisbury. Also, this is an inexpensive way of advertising if you are planning to sell a business in the area.
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Web design

enotions Limited
enotions is a website design agency, based in Salisbury. We help small and medium sized businesses succeed online. For twenty years we have helped companies make the most of the web with brilliant web sites, social media, search engine optimisation, branding, copywriting and online advertising.
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Online Marketing

Enterprise Online Marketing Solutions
In todays connected world Digital Marketing and the World Wide Web forms an essential part of business marketing. You need to be easy to find in all the places that your existing and potential customers are likely to visit and make sure that you are professionally representing your business. You want more sales, more leads, phone calls and enquiries, more newsletter subscriptions andor more downloads! To achieve these ambitions, you need an effective website, effective Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to make sure that you appear in Google, Bing and Yahoo search results as well as an active presence on all the Social Media sites that your clients are likely to be using Using a range of affordable and effective Digital Marketing I can ensure that your business is easy to find by your customers.
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Networking

Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership
The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP has been formed to develop the economy of the sub-region. Its primary focus is to create wealth, jobs and new business opportunities by forging a meaningful partnership between the private and public sectors. Their initiatives will be driven by business through their engagement in the partnership.
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Coaching

MONKHOUSE & COMPANY
Monkhouse & Company are a team of UK-based business consultancy experts led by Scale Up founder Dom Monkhouse. Get in touch with them today to help your business grow consistently year on year.
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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.

You can see the full list of 'articles' at: How to start a business