Start Up

Get your business idea off the ground

Knowledge

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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.
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Business Opportunity Factsheets
Explore our A-Z business opportunity index covering a cross-section of industries.
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Choosing the Right Legal Structure
This factsheet outlines the main legal structures for a business (sole trader, partnership, LTD, LLP and CIC).
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Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
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Starting up in Wiltshire
There are many advantages to starting up in the UK and locating your business in Swindon & Wiltshire gives you the best of both worlds.
The time is right to tap into a new pool of talent for Wiltshire employers.
Jobcentre Plus in Wiltshire is keen to work closely with employers of all sizes across the county.

Resources

Business advice from Enterprise Europe Network

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Free tailored support and advice to help your small business innovate and grow internationally

gov.uk/enterprise-europe-network-south-west-england
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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
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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
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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
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Business and investment

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Help with starting a business, trading standards, tenders and contract opportunities. Information, support and advice for new businesses. Maintain and grow your business in Swindon. Find out about the economic strategy and supporting evidence.

Business
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Cyber Security Startup Support

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Support for businesses to start, scale and engineer cyber security products

gov.uk/business-finance-support
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Entrepreneur Handbook

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

entrepreneurhandbook.co.uk
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News

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FSB "Self-employed optimism drops as sole traders ...
Confidence among the self-employed community has fallen significantly over the last 18 months, accor...
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Gain the skills you need to commercialise your bio...
This project intends to help start-ups and SMEs to overcome technological and non-technological barr...
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...

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Insights

Starting out in your own company – It’s tougher than you could possibly imagine…. Some tips on how...
Tips for Start ups from someone that is 2 years in with a startup, that helps Businesses to develop ...
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SWOT it Out
A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool designed to help you to understand your business accord...
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Interview with Steven Smith, Founder of Poundland
Alison Edgar recently interviewed Steven Smith, founder of Poundland to find out what exactly made h...
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Research scientist changes career
Lisa Berry was working as a research scientist in 2009 when she decided to start her own business Ch...