Start Up

Get your business idea off the ground

Knowledge

advice Business Opportunity Factsheets
Explore our A-Z business opportunity index covering a cross-section of industries.
guide An Introduction to Business Regulations when Starting Up
This guide identifies the major business regulations and obligations that will affect the start up of a new business.
advice What it takes to run a business
This factsheet helps you assess your personal abilities and resources in relation to those that will typically be required to run your own business.
advice Tips to Choosing a Business Idea
If you are new to self-employment, finding the right idea for a successful venture can be difficult. It is not made any easier by economic uncertainty...
tool Writing a Business Plan
This tool describes what a business plan should include, how to write one and what are its benefits.
guide Choosing the Right Legal Structure
This factsheet outlines the main legal structures for a business (sole trader, partnership, LTD, LLP and CIC).

Resources

Are you a women in the property or construction business?

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While much has changed in recent years, women still represent only 15% of the property and construction industry workforce. The Association of Women in Property is working with businesses and other industry organisations to help redress this balance. They provide a dynamic forum for women in the sector as well as encouraging and nurturing aspiring talent in our schools and universities.

womeninproperty.org.uk

Business start-up loans

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The Start Up Loans Company was established in September 2012, with a mission to help new and early stage UK businesses access affordable finance and mentoring support.

startuploans.co.uk

Enterprise Nation

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Since launching in 2005, Enterprise Nation has helped thousands of people start and grow their own successful business. The UK's most active small business community and offer a voice to government for members too.

Enterprisenation.com

Entrepreneur Handbook

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Independent advice, guides and tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the UK.

entrepreneurhandbook.co.uk

HM Revenue & Customs

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Register for Self-Assessment, Corporation Tax, PAYE for employers and VAT

HMRC.gov.uk

Quench - Enabling social enterprise in Wiltshire

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Quench offer co-working space and a cafe's, but their social enterprise training centre is the core of what they do. They believe that Social Enterprises can change the world for good and in a sustainable way. They provide a safe environment where young social entrepreneurs can explore ideas, develop their skills, and set up social ventures as a group. Wanting to offer individual support they also link young entrepreneurs with mentors in the business community to help turn their dreams into reality.

QuenchSalisbury

Register a company

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Companies House incorporates and dissolves limited companies, they register company information and make it available to the public.

Companies House

The National Enterprise Network

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The National Enterprise Network represents Local Enterprise Agencies (LEAs) in England. Tel: (01234) 831623

www.nationalenterprisenetwork.org

News

New FSB Business Creation scheme launches
The UK’s thriving start-up scene has spurred Federation of Small Business (FSB) to establish a new m...
Design Council - Got a bright idea worth £200k?
The Design Council have announced the next round of Design Council Spark

Events

Insights

tool SWOT it Out
A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool designed to help you to understand your business accord...