Start Your Own Business in Lincolnshire

Starting a business in Lincolnshire
Starting a business in Lincolnshire

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

Start Your Own Business in Lincolnshire 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 Lincolnshire since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

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

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Start & Grow Your Business in Lincolnshire

Start & Grow Your Business in Lincolnshire

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 Start-Up Guide

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

Start & Grow Your Business in Lincolnshire
  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

Lincolnshire Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

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

TaxAssist Accountants Bourne provides a wide range of accountancy services including tax returns, annual accounts, payroll and bookkeeping. TaxAssist Accountants in Bourne are a part of the largest network of accountants who offer a wealth of experience and expertise to over 65,000 small businesses right across the UK. We help a diverse range of small businesses including start-ups, sole traders, limited companies and landlords who operate in many industries. Chris & Angela Cottee have operated a local friendly accountancy and tax practice for over 18 years within the Deepings & Bourne area. Being a family run small business ourselves we are able to understand your business needs and problems and we are focused on helping you grow, not just completing your accounts and tax returns (although we’ll do that too!). We provide accountancy services and tax returns, business start up advice including help with business plans, company formations,VAT, payroll, CIS returns, bookkeeping using cloud based accounting software such as Quickbooks, Receipt Bank, Xero etc. as certified advisors we can help with training and support to get all our clients Making Tax Digital compliant and much, much more. We offer a genuinely proactive service getting you thinking about your business and where it is heading. Because we are a small business ourselves, we give easy to understand, no nonsense advice from your accountant - theres a first! All our fees are agreed in advance there are NO hidden extras, we also operate variable methods of payment.
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Web Design- Bespoke Websites For Your Business web designHaving a professionally built website is not only beneficial, but a necessary requirement if you want to stand out from your competition. Since 1995 we have focused on designing user-friendly websites to get your specific business or organisation found on the Internet and more importantly within your budget. In today’s technological age, people are not searching for you in phone books anymore. Potential clients are Googling you, searching your website for contact information, and comparing your website to your competitors in order to determine who suits their needs the best. Therefore it is vital that your website portrays the best image for your business. With the increase in mobile devices, we provide you with a responsive website which will adapt to the device you are using it on without any pinching, zooming or scrolling. Many of our competitors insist on you requiring a separate duplicate mobile-friendly website. Having duplicate content on the internet may negatively affect your site being found in the Search Engines. Prior to having your custom website designed you need to purchase a domain name, which we can supply you with for as little as £10 per year. Once you have a website, then it needs hosting on a secure server. We offer affordable high speed SSL secure hosting based in the UK from the smallest business page site to the largest, high traffic e-commerce website. We are also specialists in Content Management Systems which allow you to amend your own website, whenever and wherever you like without having to pay us for each update – if you can take photos and use a basic word processor you can make changes to your website. Want to sell products and services on your website, we can integrate e-commerce for relatively little cost to allow customers to purchase direct from your website. For more information on any of these services, please contact us today for impartial advice. We will sit down with you and guide you every step of the way to get your business on the Internet. As we’re based in Lincolnshire and like coffee, you can discuss with us in person so we understand your business and its needs. We’ll continue to work with you to help get the best out of promoting your business online.
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Computer Repairs, Managed IT & Internet Services Providing a range of IT services to businesses and homes throughout Lincolnshire for over 20 years we have a wealth of experience in computer repairs and technical support of both Windows and Apple Mac devices and software. Our internet services include security, website design and secure web and email hosting services. Technical Support Services Although technology is more stable and reliable than ever, there are times when something simply doesn’t work. We’re here to help with anything from printing problems to toast in the CD drive… And anything in between. Internet Services Including websites , local targeted Search Engine Optimisation (GeoTargeted SEO), email, spam filtering, Content Management Systems (CMS), social media (that’s Facebook, Twitter etc) and more – we’ve got you covered and we’re local Software Software and Cloud-Based Software installations, configuration and updates. Microsoft Office 365 Partners. Websites & Apps Having a website is a basic requirement for all businesses these days but technology is moving so fast and constantly enabling us to push boundaries and enable you to provide more information and more features to your customers. E-Commerce If you have products you can sell, you can sell them on your website within a relatively low budget. Additional features can be integrated that enables your business to be more effective at providing prompt customer services. Internet Security It’s a fact of life that emails can leave an unpleasant trail on your computer but, that’s just the start. If you worry about the virus attacks that land on your network from websites or the adware etc., call us and we’ll keep your internet use safe and secure. Security Virus attacks are commonplace and can be very costly. Your company’s computers can be protected by top-grade antivirus and spam filtering systems that ensure minimal downtime by preventing and being able to promptly fix any issues. Groupware & Microsoft Exchange Company wide calendar sharing, project lists, contact databases and notes make the flow of information simple, straightforward and automatic – it all happens securely in the background so the information you need is there when you need it using Microsoft Exchange hosted mail. Cloud Computing Make the most of the new generation of data storage and sharing. Not only can we guide you about the systems available, we can set-up and configure the services for you that enable sharing data between devices and colleagues.
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Our all inclusive website packages include the complete website creation, hosting, emails, updating of your wording and images, consulting and further technical support. Every website is optimised for display on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops and can be updated at anytime. We know that budgets can be tight for small businesses, startups, charities and clubs, but the pressure is both real and personal. Our expert team acts as your in-house web department without you taking on the cost. We design, build, host and update websites for a small upfront fee and affordable monthly payments. It’s as simple as that. No surprises, no hidden costs, just peace of mind and results. We want to prove to you that you will receive a return on your online marketing investment. Everyone is familiar with the cliche; you only get one chance to make a good first impression. And nowhere is this more true than on the internet. Make sure that your first online impression on a prospective customer isn't the last one.
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Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, accredited to the British Chamber of Commerce, has been supporting and assisting the growth of Lincolnshire businesses for over 100 years. We provide a first-class business support service to companies of all shapes and sizes, through a range of membership benefits, training events, networking opportunities. Address: Commerce House, Outer Circle Road, Lincoln, LN2 4HY
FSB Greater Lincolnshire & Peterborough 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: David Thorpe Development Manager David.Thorpe@fsb.org.uk
Whether your start up already has a brand identity and logo or you need help to create one from scratch, we can turn this into a sales lead generation machine - otherwise known as a sign. On your building; your van, and your office, promote you business everywhere with high quality signage and it will pay you back for years to come.
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