Start Up

Get your business idea off the ground

Knowledge

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).
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...

Resources

Business Start-up advice in Swindon

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If you are based in Swindon and need start-up advice, contact the business support team on 01793 464747 or email economy@swindon.gov.uk and a member of our team will be happy to help you.

Start Up Swindon

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

Commercial Property in Wiltshire

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Invest in Wiltshire offers a commercial property database for those looking to locate or expand in the area.

Investinwiltshire.org.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

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

WiRE Network

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WiRE Networks (Women in Rural Enterprise) provide the opportunity to share knowledge, ideas, expertise and generate business growth through referrals. WiRE is unique in its approach to business help, invaluable to all rural women in business at any stage, from the established or growing business, to new or potential businesses.

wireuk.org/networks

Documents

20 Tips to Help You Choose a Business Idea

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If you are new to self-employment, finding the right idea for a successful venture can be a problem. Read our top tips for success.

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Business Plan Template

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Download free business plan templates and find help and advice on how to write your business plan.

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Could you run your own business?

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This factsheet helps you assess your personal abilities and resources in relation to those that will typically be required to start up and run your own business.

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Guide to writing a business plan

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This factsheet describes what a business plan should include, how to go about writing one and what will be achieved by doing so.

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Starting and growing a business from home

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This guide explains the process of setting up a business from home and covers essentials like rates, insurance and health and safety considerations as well as practical tips.

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The 'microshop' business model

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Wiltshire Lifestyle boom - how Etsy and Pinterest have spawned the microshop business.

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What makes Wiltshire work

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In Wiltshire, there is a section of the business world where the odds of success are far more favourable.

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News

Spark up launch
Design Council - Got a bright idea worth £200k?
The Design Council have announced the next round of Design Council Spark
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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...

Events

Workshop Business Planning and Finance Workshop
Swindon , Wiltshire 12.00 Hosted by Business West
Conference Festival of Female Entrepreneurs 2017
Bristol 49.00 Hosted by Enterprise Nation
Exhibition Mum's Enterprise Roadshow
Solihull , West Midlands FREE Hosted by Mum's Enterprise Events
Workshop Business Planning and Finance Workshop
Swindon , Wiltshire 12.00 Hosted by Business West
Exhibition Mum's Enterprise Roadshow
Brighton FREE Hosted by Mum's Enterprise Events

Insights

The Art of Getting What You Want
Negotiation is the nitty-gritty of the actual transaction between customer and business. Yet strangely enough, it’s something that most sales people a...
Interview with Steven Smith, Founder of Poundland
Alison Edgar recently interviewed Steven Smith, founder of Poundland to find out what exactly made his business tick
case study Research scientist changes career
Lisa Berry was working as a research scientist in 2009 when she decided to start her own business Cheeky Little Prints creating bespoke jewellery emb...
case study Credit manager launches own consultancy
After working in credit management for many years Nicki Kinton decided she wanted to make a positive difference.