Start Your Own Business in Lancashire

Starting a business in Lancashire
Starting a business in Lancashire

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

Start Your Own Business in Lancashire 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 Lancashire 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 Lancashire.

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

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

Lancashire Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

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

Build Your Ideal Lifestyle. People like you have changed their lives by becoming a Utility Warehouse Partner. Join now and build your brighter future * Financial freedom * Help others * Top up pension * More free time * Personal development * Meet new people
 As well as building a residual income, there is an amazing array of rewards and incentives to enjoy. Want to know more? Contact Antony Haysom - antonyhaysom8@gmail.com
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Save Money on Your Utilities Here are some of the reasons why over 600,000 households across Britain have left the big utility suppliers and joined our unique Discount Club. A single supplier for all your utilities Here at Utility Warehouse, we're different from the rest. In fact, we're unique! We’re the only place you can get your Energy, Home Phone, Broadband and Mobile services, all bundled together. By combining services, we're able to keep costs low and make life easier for our members. You'll have just one monthly bill for all your utilities, making budgeting easier and putting you in control of your spending. A Discount Club that saves you money every day We're more than a utility supplier, we’re a club – a Discount Club. All our customers are members who enjoy special club benefits. It’s free to join and means that not only can you take advantage of money-saving deals on your utilities but you can also enjoy other exclusive benefits, like CashBack on your everyday shopping. Service and prices that you can trust We set out to be 'the Nation's Most Trusted Utility Supplier, the one you'd recommend to your mum'; an organisation that you can trust, with prices that are fair and services that won’t let you down. We don't lure customers with cheap, introductory deals that turn into expensive tariffs later on. Nor do we tie you in knots with complicated long-term contracts. Instead, our low prices and exceptional service mean that members, new and old, always get a fair deal. It's not just our members who have recognised this. We've won many 'Best Buy' and 'Recommended Provider' awards from Which? Magazine and have been named as one of the UK’s best energy suppliers for 10 years in a row. Want to know more? Contact Antony Haysom - antonyhaysom8@gmail.com
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15+ years of helping and supporting People, Homes and Businesses with IT has enabled skills and knowledge to evolve as the world and its IT needs develop. Are you and your business up to speed? Or do you feel somewhat left behind with tangles of numerous accounts, service’s and organisation? “Make It Happen Consultancy” performs a plethora of skills for support, meet your IT needs in the busy, demanding, world around you. Such as: • Help and support you to worker Smarter • Software Solutions • Hardware repairs and maintenance • On-site support and set-up and installations • Hard-wired cable networking solutions • Fully automated remote support • Fully automated remote back up • Full ‘Cross-Referral Recommendation’ scheme
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A modern business needs to embrace the digital age, and it goes without saying that your website is the window into your company. Therefore, you need a website design that doesn't only look beautiful, but it is engaging for its visitors. It's very easy to let your website become out-of-date. Web design trends are constantly changing and staying on top of this can be challenging. An old, outdated website is not only bad for your brand image; it will affect your ability to attract new customers which in turn will generate leads and a return on your investment! We have your business goals in mind when working on your website design. Whether that is a brand new website from scratch, or a refresh of an existing site. Your site will be built using our awesome content management framework, so you'll even be able to update it yourselves once completed. No coding experience required! When we do a website design for you, when it's done, we don't just hand it over and walk away. We don't sell websites as products. Businesses change, new ideas emerge. You can rest assured that BPS Designs will be there for you long after your initial website launch. We provide an ongoing service and your new website will be updated to reflect your growing business.
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We are new to the area and have recently joined up with an existing local practice. We have a wealth of experience in advising business start ups and can offer a full range of services. We advise on the best method of operating: sole trader, partnership or Limited Company. We advise on VAT registration. Our initial consultation is always free.
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Friendly, affordable and reliable accountancy services. Let us take away the hassle of your bookkeeping requirements allowing you more time to focus on the running and progression of your business. We offer bookkeeping, payroll, credit control, cashflow, VAT processing and financial reporting and are always happy to assist with any officepaperwork related tasks to free you up.
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East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is a locally based private sector organisation, owned by the Members and accredited by the British Chambers. We are committed to helping Pennine Lancashire have a thriving economy. We are active at local, regional and national levels in the influential decision making bodies, whose programmes and investments, both public and private, determine the environment in which business operates. Address: Clayton Busines Park, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5JR
North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC) is open to any business. We have played a key role in the regions business community for over 100 years helping our members start, grow and succeed. Being part of the NWLCC is popular because its gives our members access to a range of practical services, networking and event opportunities, employee development programmes and national business support initiatives. Address: 9-10 Eastway Business Village, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston,PR2 9WT
FSB Lancashire & Cumbria 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: Paul Foster Development Manager paul.foster@fsb.org.uk
We offer a friendly and approachable accountancy and tax service. Our accounting service will be personalised and tailor made for your budget. If you wish we will help you do what you can do for yourself to reduce our involvement and keep costs down. We hope to build a strong relationship with you so that you will feel able to call us when you need clear, concise and helpful advice as you develop your business. We will treat you with confidentiality, respect and sensitivity at all time
Enterprise4All is Lancashires leading provider of business support services. We offer specialist assistance and advice to anyone who wants to start a new business and we provide expert help for established companies that are looking to expand. In recent years, we have provided FREE information, advice and guidance to thousands of local people and we???ve helped well over 1500 of them to start or develop their own company.
A key partner of Business Link - Providing business advice, information, access to finance and training to new and developing small and medium sized enterprises.
Orvia Group provides business support and advice on all aspects of starting, running and growing a business, which is delivered through our comprehensive range of training courses, one to one advice, coaching and mentoring. Along with the traditional advice, information and guidance provided by Orvia we can also assist with accessing finance and supporting businesses who wish to invest in their development through our recognised qualifications and mentoring programmes. In addition to this we provide property rental services to allow you to trade in flexible workspace at competitive rates. For more information please call Andrew Atkinson on 01772 42 22 42, email us at ask@orvia.co.uk, visit the website at www.orvia.co.uk or why not follow us on Twitter @orviagroup.
Starting Your Own Business - Are you interested in starting your own business? Free advice and assistance is available on starting your own businesses including support from six months before you start trading and for up to three years after the business is up and running. Business Venture Group is working with the council to deliver start-up support. Are you a North West business thinking about the potential benefits of generating your own renewable energy? Talk to Envirolink to find out how they can help your business. Please see the Business Event - Help with Renewables flyer below for details.
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