Start Your Own Business in Bedfordshire

Starting a business in Bedfordshire
Starting a business in Bedfordshire

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

Start Your Own Business in Bedfordshire 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 Bedfordshire 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.

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 Bedfordshire.

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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One-time registration required but this unlocks all of the free resources on the site.

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

Bedfordshire Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

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

We work with businesses looking to improve their online presence, connect with their customers and get better leads and enquiries through their website. We’re passionate about the web and we’re committed to building the best website possible for you and your business. That means we take the time to listen and find out as much as we can about your business so that we can advise you on the most effective strategy to achieve your goals. Whether you’re looking to develop a new website or you already have a site that’s not serving your needs, we can help.
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At Central Bedfordshire College, our purpose is to enable our students to achieve their maximum potential with strong support, integrity and love of learning. Our industry-grade facilities, friendly environment and strong partnerships with local businesses and universities ensure that learners at CBC develop an excellent work ethic in a realistic setting, and are then able to flourish and thrive in whatever path they choose, whether that be the workplace or higher education. We offer a range of courses from Level 1 to HE, including Access courses, so that no student or prospective student is limited by their academic background. We also have a strong provision for students with learning difficulties, reflecting our dedication to inclusion.
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Businesses and franchises for sale in Bedfordshire BusinessesForSale.com is the world's most popular website for buying or selling a business. Established in 1996, the website is an international marketplace of businesses for sale. We provide a cost-effective route to market for business owners and their representatives and a one stop shop for aspiring entrepreneurs and business buyers.
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Free* support for your business The South East Midlands Start-up Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, provides residents of Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury Vale and Cherwell, Northampton, Corby, Daventry and Wellingborough with access to 12 hours of FREE support for small businesses and start-ups. This can be in the form of: - one-to-one business advice - webinars and workshops - access to business start-up services - business incubation workspace - specialist social enterprise support
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Our work team is made up of professionals specialized in each of your tasks. Design, SEO positioning, online marketing, and social media are some of the services we do on a daily basis. But we not only know how to do things, but we also have the necessary tools. We are aware that hosting is important to achieve a good web positioning, that is why we have different dedicated Class C IPs so that our clients can place their sites on the first page of search engines. Even, several of them are among the first three search results. We will optimize your website so that it is totally Google-friendly, and we will provide it with quality content that is relevant to the keywords to be positioned. In our agency, you will find all the services that your company needs to have a presence on the internet. You do not need to contract several services in different places, paying much more than if you contract everything in one place. We give you that possibility; we offer you the domain registration, hosting, design, and implementation of your website, the hosting where to host it and the positioning of it
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Our role is to ensure that, working together, we create connections within our ever growing peer network and become an enabler for business growth locally, regionally and nationally. Representing 700+ businesses with around 60,000 employees across all sectors, we work at a local, national and international level to support businesses from sole traders to multinational corporations. Founded in 1877, Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce is one of only 52 Chambers in the UK to be accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber network exists to make a difference to your business, through opening new business opportunities in local, national and international markets, ensuring your views are heard within Government or providing critical business support.
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his student-led society welcomes any students who have an interest is running their own business. It is not just for "business" students - Sports Therapists, Art & Design, Computer Games, the Performing Arts, Osteopaths and students from many other subject areas could have an interest in entrepreneurship. If you are a current student at the University of Bedfordshire and want to know more please email: bedfordshire.entrepreneurs@gmail.com
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Informal Networking You’ll meet other start-up businesses along with established companies from the local area in a relaxed environment. Talk about your business challenges and get advice from other businesses in the room as well as sharing your experiences. Members of BNBN have access to a laptop & projector to use when pitching for new business or giving a presentation. Why BNBN? Grow & develop your business Build your business relationships Support for small and start-up businesses Low fees Relaxed environment Monthly evening meetings
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FSB Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire 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: Caron Kendall Development Manager Caron.Kendall@fsb.org.uk
The Knowledge Hub at the University of Bedfordshire offers a range of business services, including training and development; specialist services and consultancy focusing on innovation and boosting competitiveness; access to graduates; and enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes.
If youre looking for business support, information, help, training, inspiration, mentoring, news, business partners, networking events, new clients.... it???s all here. Over 7000 entrepreneurial women in business already enjoy the benefits!
Are you a women who is self employed, employed, looking to start your own business or seeking to enter or return to employment, we hope to contribute to your success!
Business Buzz is a series of local networking events. We work with the business community in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Essex and London to provide opportunities to meet, connect and share. Our business networking events are informal and relaxed, just drop-in when you are free.
Bedfordshire Green Business Network (GBN) is a membership organisation and a Charity, which helps businesses reduce their impact on the environment. GBN brings together like‐minded businesses to help each other reduce energy and water consumption, eliminate waste, design products more sustainably, increase biodiversity on‐site, manage impacts, and put environmental issues at the heart of your company’s decision making. We can also help you reduce your liabilities by understanding your legal obligations. We have been doing this for more than 25 years
Our huge thanks to Teresa Bellmaine (www.Astroshola.co.uk and www.Practicallyslim.com) for running WiRE Bedfordshire for so long. Teresa has decided to step down and concentrate on her business. We are looking for a new leader. If you are looking for a rewarding and exciting new challenge, please take a look at the Becoming a WiRE Leader page or drop Polly Gibb an email * WiRE business networking events are run by volunteers, please confirm/cancel your booking with the Network Leaders. * WiRE Network Meetings are not free. There is a minimal cost at each event to cover refreshments / room hire. Typically WiRE members pay less than non-members. Please see individual event details or ask the network leader for the event cost. WiRE is unique in its approach to business help, invaluable to all rural women in business at any stage, from the established or growing business, to new or potential businesses. View our full Membership package. Guests can attend up to two meetings as non members before you are invited to join WiRE.
Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce is a business support organisation, working alongside businesses, partner organisations and other stakeholders across the county of Bedfordshire. Any business in Bedfordshire who wants to network with other businesses, promote their business, make cost savings and be part of an organisation with the interests of Bedfordshire businesses at its heart should join the Chamber. Address: Kimpton Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 0SX
In Bedfordshire, a business listing portal is the perfect guide. It presents you with the Ads or listings of new companies as well as services that a person requires in their day-to-day life.
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