Below you will find key resources and links, which will guide you through the process of setting up your own company.
Guides on setting up a business
The complete government guide to everything you need to know, including choosing the right legal structure, picking the right premises and making sure you’re covered by the right insurance.
The Start Up Loan company also have developed this Essential guide to starting a business. For this essential guide click here.
Start-up advice and mentoring
Virgin Startup is full of advice on everything from creating a business logo and setting up an online shop to product testing and dealing with the unexpected, Virgin’s start-up mentors have well-earned experience to pass on to the next wave of business owners.
Support for 16-30 year-olds
Since 1983, Prince’s Trust has helped over 80,000 young people start their own business. If you’re aged 18-30 and working fewer than 16 hours a week, Prince’s Trust can help you turn your business idea into reality with a package of training and funding that includes access to a mentor.
Support for those out of work
Over 450 new businesses a week have been set up with the government's New Enterprise Allowance scheme that helps unemployed people become self-employed. If you receive certain benefits and have a workable business idea, you could get help from a mentor and financial support in the form of a weekly allowance to help you start your business.
Support for women
Women in Enterprise by GOV.UK contains all of the places, organisations and networks, as well as the sources of government advice and resources, that can help you develop your business.
Support for disabled entrepreneurs
Disabled Entrepreneurs inspire and support disabled people to start up a profitable business. Their site has up-to-date news, networking opportunities, inspirational stories, information, special discounts on business services and more.
Action on Disability at Work UK (ADWUK) provides information, advice and support to disabled people and those with long term health conditions who run, or want to run, their own business.
Support for social entrepreneurs
UnLtd supports individuals who have their social ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change. UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from awards of funding to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.
Free consultation from an ICAEW Chartered Accountant
The ICAEW Business Advice Service provides professional advice for start-ups, including a free business advice session with a Chartered Accountant tailored to your needs. The ICAEW also has dozens of free reports available to download on a range of business topics.
Further information and support tailored to businesses in the region can be found below.
Independent advice, guides and tools for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the UK.
If you are based in Swindon and need start-up advice, contact the business support team on 01793 464747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will be happy to help you.
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.
Free tailored support and advice to help your small business innovate and grow internationally
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.
The Prince's Trust supports young people aged 18 to 30 who want to set up their own business. £1000 to £5000. From training and mentoring support to funding and resources.
Support for businesses to start, scale and engineer cyber security products
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.
Companies House incorporates and dissolves limited companies, they register company information and make it available to the public.
Download free business plan templates and find help and advice on how to write your business plan.
This factsheet describes what a business plan should include, how to go about writing one and what will be achieved by doing so.