Start Your Own Business in Cornwall

Starting a business in Cornwall
Starting a business in Cornwall

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

Start Your Own Business in Cornwall 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 Cornwall 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 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

FREE Book

Start & Grow Your Business in Cornwall

Start & Grow Your Business in Cornwall

This free 170 page book is packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow 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 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 'Start & Grow Your Business' Book

This 2020 Edition is packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Cornwall

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

You can download the whole of this 170 page book now free of charge. We are sure that you will find it both interesting and useful. The 2020 edition is packed with useful hints and tips, relevant, easy to read guides to all of the relevant subjects, real-life examples, and lots of contacts to enable you to get off to the best possible start.

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Cornwall Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

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

Whyfield is very much a modern firm of accountants. Their Truro-based team are highly accredited and highly regarded throughout Cornwall, Devon and across the UK. They're Making Tax Digital experts and have helped hundreds of businesses make the switch over to systems that show how your business is performing in an instant! They offer everything you’d expect from an accountant, from bookkeeping and payroll to VAT returns and year end accounts, so you won’t be short of choice when it comes to support. They’re also experienced business advisors who help turn ideas into thriving start-ups. As a relatively young firm, who set up in 2014, they are perfectly suited to help new start-ups navigate the usual hurdles of starting a business. In fact, they’ve grown considerably since opening their doors and have won a whole host of awards along the way, so you couldn’t be in better hands if you’re looking to start up and grow your business. If you're looking for great value service and a modern thinking accountant, look no further! Get in touch with their team for a free 30-minute chat to see how they can help you: 01872 267 267b
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If you are thinking of starting a business or have already started one and need some assistance, then a specialised team of experienced business mentors is available to assist you to start or manage your business as follows: 1. To give assistance in the various business facets, e.g. Finance, marketing, production, administration, sales, export, personnel etc. 2. To work on a one-to-one basis by way of face to-face meetings or via email. 3. To give guidance and training in marketing and selling techniques. 4. To assist in applying for funding by way of business plans etc. 5. Our organisation is not funded by the Government or other funders and is run by experienced business volunteers. 6 There is no set time limit imposed by the mentoring and it could continue as long as the mentee requires assistance. 7. Fees: There is a one off introduction fee of £25 for the initial meeting after which there are no fees.
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Accelerate your new business with the help of a marketing expert, ready to guide you through the best options. Starting a business can be a daunting prospect, but getting the marketing element right is one of the most crucial aspects in making your start-up successful. Your brand needs to resonate with your new customers, and you need to ensure you get yourself in front of enough potential customers. The best way to accomplish this for most companies is through successful online marketing via a range of channels, that work in tandem to create a marketing machine. Matt Connelly runs Paddle Creative in Cornwall and has a long track record in helping businesses like yours grow. I have helped businesses thrive in a wide range of sectors, and varying stages in their development. I take a ‘360 approach’ and aim to develop a wholesome marketing strategy aligned with your goals and budget to ensure your business is a success. From branding and business cards to new websites and digital marketing, Paddle Creative is here to help your business move forward. Contact Paddle now and discover affordable marketing solutions designed around your business.
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Business Information Point have been providing tailored, small business advice in Devon and Somerset for over 20 years. During that time weve helped literally thousands of people start and grow their own business by providing free or heavily subsidised, high quality support and advice.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership drives activity to support business growth, create jobs and help people realise their potential.
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 1988 and we are proud to be nationally Accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). We are an independent, local, not-for-profit organisation, whose main aim is to improve the prosperity and competitiveness of Cornish businesses. Address: Chamber Office, Stanley Way, Cardrew, Redruth, TR15 1SP
This page on the Cornwall Council's website contains details of business support in the area.
If you are looking to expand or grow your business, or need help exporting your products, this department at Cornwall Council has the expertise to provide this specialist advice.
Work with local businesses, including self employed people and not for profit organisations to find the right guidance and support to help their business work smarter, develop and grow.
The Islands’ Partnership (IP) is a non-profit making company that is limited by guarantee.  It is funded entirely by membership subscription together with some corporate sponsorship.  We are responsible for marketing the Isles of Scilly as a destination, and for managing the Visit Isles of Scilly brand in all its facets.
Cornwall Development Company is the arms length economic development company of Cornwall Council.  It is designed to deliver a bespoke, business facing service and to deliver the economic vision and strategy for Cornwall.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Programme is the European economic regeneration programme for the region. Running until 2020, it will contribute to the EU ambition to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
Three Centres across Cornwall aimed at inspiring dynamic people to grow and build innovative enterprises leading to business success.
Citizens Advice can provide you with the information and advice you need for the challenges you face. Our advice and information is free, confidential, independent and impartial and includes topics as wide ranging as employment law, benefits, housing, debt, consumer rights, discrimination, family & personal, and immigration & nationality.
At Outset Cornwall we know how scary the thought of working for yourself and managing the challenges of running a business can be. No matter who you are, or where you are in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we wont baffle you with jargon, but share our wealth of knowledge and expertise in a friendly and supportive way. Outset Cornwall is a really flexible, friendly and totally FREE programme that can help you every step of the way, from the first stages of your business idea through to planning and launching your business, and beyond! Be someone who can say Im glad I did rather than I wish I had!
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