Start Up

Get your business idea off the ground

Knowledge

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

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.

picture_as_pdf 20-tips-to-help-you-choose-a-business-idea.pdf 6 pages (39 KB)

Business Plan Template

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

picture_as_pdf business-plan_template.docx 10 pages (34 KB)

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.

picture_as_pdf could_you_run_your_own_business.pdf 6 pages (578 KB)

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.

picture_as_pdf guide-to-writing-a-business-plan.pdf 10 pages (129 KB)

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.

picture_as_pdf 12-829-home-business-guide.pdf 45 pages (801 KB)

The 'microshop' business model

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

picture_as_pdf lifestyle-boom.pdf 11 pages (1935 KB)

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

Insights