Start Your Own Business in Gloucestershire

Starting a business in Gloucestershire
Starting a business in Gloucestershire

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

Start Your Own Business in Gloucestershire 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.

Our most popular LOCAL subjects are: Business Advice & Support, Where to Find Grants, Funding for Your Business, Local Networking Groups.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Gloucestershire 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.

How to Succeed

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.

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

FREE Start-Up Pack

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

FREE Book

This free 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 Gloucestershire

  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 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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Start-Up Services

We are keen to see you succeed and can recommend the following...

Business Plan
If you have already prepared a business plan, but feel it needs a professional 'eye' to look over it before presenting it to a bank or investor, or you’re worried that it simply isn’t up to scratch, then we can help.
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Mentoring
A professional business mentor is an invaluable resource for businesses of all shapes and sizes, so stick with one and they will help you to grow from a start-up to an established business.
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Peter Gow
Discover how you can earn a lifelong income by helping people get an all together better deal on their Gas, Electricity, Landline, Broadband and Mobile services. People like you have changed their lives!
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Start-Up Loan
We have partnered with Transmit Start-Ups to deliver the Start Up Loans scheme to UK entrepreneurs. This is a government backed scheme, providing repayable loans and mentoring to individuals in the UK with a viable business idea but no access to finance.
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Gloucestershire Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

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

Start and Grow Enterprise (SaGE) is a University of Gloucestershire project with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), running from August 2017 to December 2019. SaGE is aimed at Gloucestershire-based entrepreneurs and start-ups – from pre-start ambitious individuals with a business idea to current SME business owners (trading up to 3 years), working to create a community of start-ups that can share skills and grow together. The project offers a range of FREE training, mentorship, networks and resources, and is based at The Growth Hub in Gloucester. Sign up via our website or by emailing sage@glos.ac.uk
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WE ARE CREATIVE THINKERS Specialising in Logo, Branding, Graphic Design, Web Design, Exhibitions, Advertising, Illustration and Social Media What we do We are a full service design and advertising agency creating and developing brands through multiple channels based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Web design Creating bespoke websites for both desktop and mobile, we understand the user at every stage of their journey. Graphic design Whatever the size of print from stationery and brochures to large exhibition designs we have it covered.
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I am an approachable down to earth qualified ACCA accountant. I am able to provide all kinds of Bookkeeping and Accountancy services including management accounts, payroll, financial accounts, VAT and corporation tax returns, as well as being able to advise on start ups, cashflow, tax, inventory mangement, costing, cost reduction and business planning or exits. I am married and love to spend time with family, walking my dogs and watching sport. predominantly Gloucester Rugby, Derby County Football and Formula 1. Give me a call for a chat about any requirements you may have.
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Whats on, news, competitions and offers -Everything Gloucestershire! The site also contains a business directory and this could be a great way of helping to promote your new business. Email for free website listing office@glos.info.
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Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers for small & medium size enterprises Blenheim provides a fresh approach to accounting and finance for small and medium size enterprises in Bristol and the South West. We paint a clear picture of your finance, highlight opportunities, and give you the assurance you need to make the best business and organisational decisions. Regardless of the size of your business, or whatever stage you are at, our Virtual Finance Team can provide you with an economical way to tap into the skills of a highly experienced Virtual FD and a full range of Accounting services With Blenheim Accountants and Business Advisers on your side, you can focus on what you do best - managing your business for growth. So call us today for a no-obligation discussion about what Blenheim can achieve for your organisation.
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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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We are a dedicated payroll outsourcing service which offers a guaranteed 48 hour max. reply to any of your email enquiries and we guarantee to process your payroll instructions within 24 hrs. We can provide a full Auto Enrolment compliance and continual assessment service to you as well as look after the processing of all the paperwork for your Auto Enrolment Compliant Pension Scheme. This Service is being offered in partnership with Genlife Payroll and Pension. We can also offer a self Administered Pension portal for you
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FSB Gloucestershire & West of England 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: Sam Holliday Development Manager Sam.Holliday@fsb.org.uk
We are a firm of business advisers who specialise in helping you, as a business owner-manager, to plan and prepare for every stage of your businesss life cycle, from its start up and early growth to your eventual exit.
BIG AGENCY THINKING, SMALL AGENCY COST Would you like to increase the visibility of your company? Would you like some great creative and compelling marketing material? Could you work with skillful designers who can create and produce powerful, brand building messages without breaking the bank?
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