Start Your Own Business in Angus

Starting a business in Angus
Starting a business in Angus

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

Start Your Own Business in Angus contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Angus since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Everything that you will find on the site is free and a good place to start is 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' guide.

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Start-Up Steps

The sad truth is that far too many new businesses start-ups fail in the early stages and our aim is to try and make sure that you are not one of them.

To help with this, we have broken down the start-up process into simple steps which highlight the things that have worked for other start-ups and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

FREE Local Guide

Start Your Own Business in 2020

Start Your Own Business in 2020

Packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 15 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between success or failure.

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FREE Local Guide

Packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Angus.

Start Your Own Business in 2020
  1. Checklist - easy to follow step by step guide
  2. Local Support - where to find help and support
  3. Before you start - the reality of running a business
  4. Business planning - are you ready?
  5. Market research - is there a gap in the market?
  6. Business set-up - choosing the right structure
  7. Premises - work from home or premises?
  8. Finance & funding - your funding options
  9. Accountancy & tax - tax and VAT explained
  10. Business networking - tips and local groups
  11. Getting online - online marketing, social media
  12. Employing staff - how to find and recruit
  13. Law & insurance - the key considerations
  14. Business directory - useful contacts

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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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FREE Start-Up Pack

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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

Angus Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

Here is a list of the key businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

The best time to talk to an accountant is when you first think about starting or buying your own business. The next best time is now. A little bit of time and money invested in timely advice could save you thousands of pounds and make the difference between success and failure, particularly if start-up funds are limited. We’d love to get to know you better & take some of the work off your plate. Call to book a FREE consultation or request a call back today!
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We're here to help you find the business support you need. We have gathered together information and support for all company sizes and sectors across Scotland. What is FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot? This service was established to help Scottish businesses find the public sector support they need. Information is available for businesses of all sizes – from those thinking about starting a business to large, well established companies. This website is supported by an enquiries and referral service. You can contact us by submitting an enquiry or calling 0300 303 0660. Our lines are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Landline calls cost up to 10 pence per minute, mobile costs can vary from 3 pence per minute to 40 pence per minute depending on your operating provider (source: Gov.uk). Why was this website created? This site intends to help Scottish businesses find the right information, advice and support at the right time. We will continue to add information and develop FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot and the referral service. We aim to provide all businesses with quick and easy access to all business support services provided by public sector organisations in Scotland. Who runs FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot? This is a partnership service. It started as a collaboration between Business Gateway, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland. We will eventually include all organisations who receive public funding in Scotland. We currently include services from the following partners.
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The National Library of Scotland is one of a number of organisations that are here to help you with your business. We can: Guide you through the COBRA resource. COBRA stands for Complete Business Reference Advisor, and it is an excellent way to find out the basics about running a business. You can even use this resource at home if you register with us, which is free to do and just takes a few minutes Introduce you to our other business information resources and explain what each one can offer, from company data and market size, to market research and trends analysis Guide you towards a very large collection of books and articles all about running a business, marketing and management, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Get in touch by emailing enquiries@nls.uk to find out more.
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Carnoustie Creative are an established web design studio based in Angus who provide a comprehensive range of services ideal for startup businesses. Customers are increasingly moving online or simply checking an online presence before they make contact using traditional methods. You only get one chance to make a first impression, let us help you make it a good one! We have packages aimed specifically at new startups and growing businesses covering domain registration, web design, hosting, email, logo design and branding. We also offer graphic design for print and can help to polish your brand image with fantastic business cards, flyers and brochures. Our bespoke websites are created to align with your objectives and target market, developed to industry standards and delivered on a content management system so you can update text, images and product details yourself - full training is included. Starting a company and developing a brand and website can be an intimidating process, and it’s something that small and medium enterprises will probably only have limited experience of. We can help guide you through the process and also advise you how to keep costs low. If you have an idea in mind, or a fixed deadline, that’s not a problem. If you let us know when we start work, we can ensure the right steps are taken to make sure you end up with the website you want, and in the timescale you want it.
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Advice and support for business We offer a wide range of services to businesses. Whether you’re an existing business looking for support, planning to expand or looking to invest in Angus by relocating to the area, the Invest in Angus website will provide you with all the information you need.
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Bute Enterprise Finance Fund is a charity funded company which provides loans to businesses and organisations in Bute, Argyll, South and North Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire. Finance £10k-£200k is available with flexible repayment terms up to 10yrs. Specific emphasis is placed on businesses that will assist economic regeneration or generate and sustain employment. We can also help borrowers access other types of finance such as government funded start up loans, advise on business plans and support the growth of your business.
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The Invest in Angus team at Angus Council are here to help businesses invest, work, grow and thrive in Angus. We offer a one stop advice shop – whether it’s information on funding, skills, staffing support, land and property or practical business advice. We are focused on meeting the needs of businesses with a flexible, effective team that can respond quickly to the ever changing business environment and to your specific request. Address: Orchardbank Business Park Orchardbank Forfar Angus DD8 1AN
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We are the leading business membership organisation in Dundee & Angus and part of the worldwide long-established Chamber of Commerce brand. We have over 800 members who between them employ over 67,000 people. We work hard to help provide members with the business connections and opportunities they need to flourish. We represent our members’ views and use our collective voice to influence opinion makers. We are passionate about Dundee and Angus and promote it as a world class destination, helping the local business community to thrive. Chamber members have a real say in how our organisation is run. The President, Vice-Presidents and Non-executive Directors of our board are all drawn from and elected by members. Our board makes strategic decisions for the chamber and ensures that it continues to grow and prosper. There is an extensive list of membership benefits available, making your membership great value for money. Interested? You can Join us online today or contact our Membership Team on 01382 228545 or email: membership@dundeeandanguschamber.co.uk We run over 80 events per year with more than 3,000 attendees and share over 100 news items each month for members on our website & social media, giving a widespread audience reach of over 2,500,000 p.a. across all of our digital channels. We are based at 37 City Quay in the heart of Dundee's Waterfront, and run our extensive event programme & membr engagement all across Angus & Dundee.
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The Invest in Angus team at Angus Council are here to help businesses invest, work, grow and thrive in Angus. We offer a one stop advice shop – whether it’s information on funding, skills, staffing support, land and property or practical business advice. We are focused on meeting the needs of businesses with a flexible, effective team that can respond quickly to the ever changing business environment and to your specific request. If you are considering starting your own business in Angus or are in the early stages of trading, Business Gateway is available to help and guide you on the path to success. The website provides a wide range of useful information from the basics of starting up, including finance advice, and tax and legal issues to creating a business plan and considering marketing strategies. The guides available include: Starting a business: the basics Starting up: common mistakes and how to avoid them Family-run businesses Starting & growing a rural business There are also video case studies and diaries and lists of events in the area which relate specifically to business start ups.
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myscot.gov has a section dedicated to starting a business which talks you through the first steps, stage by stage.
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Information on business planning, registering a company and starting a new business. Setting up - Find information on setting up a business in Scotland. Tax and registering - Find information about registering your business with HM Revenue & Customs and Companies House. Marketing your business - Information on marketing and sales for your business. Intellectual property - Find out what intellectual property is and how to protect it in the UK and abroad. Further help to start a business - Information on organisations or services that can help you start a business or help your staff learn new skills.
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Start Up Loans assign all applicants to one of our Delivery Partners and, where possible, match you with a Delivery Partner who operates in your local area. The link is to a page which lists their partners in Scotland. Please note, to ensure they can effectively support you, you will only be able to work with one Delivery Partner and you will not be able to change this once you have submitted your application.
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Government-backed start up loans are available to help people who want to start or grow a business that is less than 24 months old. The UK Government has already helped over 3,700 companies in Scotland with start up loans. The UK Government has already helped businesses in Scotland with more than £30 million in start up loans. Start up loans are a great opportunity for individuals in need of a personal loan for business purposes to fund their new business. In addition to the loan you can also receive free business support and mentoring to help with starting and growing your business.
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Business Gateway Tayside is your gateway to free, expert, local assistance and advice. here are many ways we can help you, even if starting up still seems a way off. Our website is a great place to begin: we offer a business plan guide to download when you’re ready, market reports as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Take part in our webinars to hone your start-up skills – from how to handle the legal requirements to getting your market research right. Plus use our Planning to Start tool to guide you through the essential steps of starting up. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and then we can then use the details you give us to create your action plan, complete with links to relevant information and support. We’ll also recommend free webinars to help you hone your skills and may refer you to relevant support from our partners. A business adviser from your local office will also get in touch to see how else we can help at this stage and signpost you to a wide range of other support across Scotland. With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.
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Starting a business - you may be planning to start a business or perhaps you’ve already begun. Find advice on the essentials, from writing a business plan to intellectual property on the Business Gateway website. It has a section dedicated to business start-up and this includes the opportunity to download your business plan template and guidance on: starting up a business, business support and advice, forming a company or business, intellectual property, naming a business, buying a business or franchise, Create business plan.
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Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's national economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. To deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy, we work with partners in the public and private sectors to find and exploit the best opportunities. We support thousands of companies the length and breadth of Scotland, helping catalyse the changes in our economy that will have a long-term positive impact on Scotland's business competitiveness around the world. In doing so, we're creating significantly more, better jobs, helping people fulfil their potential. Starting a business? It can be both exhilarating and challenging getting your business off the ground. Having the confidence to take that next step is often all that’s needed. Access funding, a free business plan template, and guidance on legal requirements.
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Gumtree have a section dedicated to buying and selling businesses in Angus. Although all advertisements are listed in good faith, please do be very careful and take professional advice before signing any legal documents or parting with any money.
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If you run a start-up business as an entrepreneur, there is a variety of help for start-ups available, and there may be extra support you can access if you come under certain categories. Much of this help takes the form of mentoring and networking - but you should also be able to access targeted advice, support and even apply for loans and grants. This guide will help explain about the sources of funding that might be available to you and where to get help, advice and training.
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