Start Your Own Business in Suffolk

Starting a business in Suffolk
Starting a business in Suffolk

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

Start Your Own Business in Suffolk 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 Suffolk 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

FREE Local Guide

Start & Grow Your Business in Suffolk

Start & Grow Your Business in Suffolk

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 Suffolk.

Start & Grow Your Business in Suffolk
  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

Suffolk Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

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

Nick is a qualified coach and a mentor with a passion for helping others make the most of their lives at work. He focuses on business coaching and mentoring, career coaching and management/executive coaching. He has a wealth of experience, having worked for 40 years for, and with, businesses of all shapes and sizes and with people from budding entrepreneurs and new recruits to experienced business people and senior managers. He has been a corporate bank manager and a management consultant. He has built and managed many operational and project teams and has spent hundreds of hours coaching and mentoring.
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We offer a 6 day training course on Practical Skills for Business to help people who are unemployed start their own business or become self-employed. The course covers all the important areas you need to know about such as, business planning, raising finance, finding and keeping customers, legislation, tax, VAT and managing money etc. If you are unemployed or economically inactive and aged 24 or over the course is fully funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Fund.
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Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with colleagues in the British Chambers of Commerce to produce A Business Plan for Britain, outlining what we all need to do to become a more confident, enterprising and skilled trading nation. Address: Felaw Maltings, South Kiln, 42 Felaw Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 8SQ
Starting up a business can seem a daunting and lonely task. There are substantial risks involved when moving away from the security of employment to become a business owner. We specialise in assisting owner-managed businesses take that leap and work closely with them ensuring that their legal, financial and statutory obligations are covered, allowing them to concentrate on utilising their own skills to their full potential and growing the business. Whatever the size or activity of your business we can provide advice on: * Business form - including sole-trader, partnership, company, charity; * Statutory obligations - including company formation and set-up and dealing with HM Revenue & Customs; * Preparation of business plans, budgets and cash-flow forecasts; * Sourcing and arranging finance; * Maintenance of your records and implementing internal procedures; * Tax planning If you are thinking about starting a business, arrange an appointment with us at the very beginning of your venture to ensure that you receive good advice and proceed in the best manner, avoiding unnecessary pitfalls in the future.
Our core service is the provision of free, impartial one-to-one advice for the self employed and small business owners. For over 20 years we have gained a reputation for being the specialist agency for assisting people to start a business, and to help established businesses to grow. Our experienced advisors are able to assist with all aspects of business.
Our aim is to help our clients start and grow their businesses, improve their performance and encourage them to realise their potential through a mix of one-to-one advice, business skills workshops and networking opportunities.
Business advisors and mentors helping companies start up and grow.
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