Start Up

Get your business idea off the ground

Knowledge

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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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Business Opportunity Factsheets
Explore our A-Z business opportunity index covering a cross-section of industries.
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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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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.
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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...
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Writing a Business Plan
This tool describes what a business plan should include, how to write one and what are its benefits.

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
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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
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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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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
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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
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Broadband Finance for pre-start or start-up business

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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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HM Revenue & Customs

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

HMRC.gov.uk
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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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News

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

Events

Networking Community Events Running your own business is easy......isn't it??
Marlborough No fee Hosted by Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE)
Exhibition Mum's Enterprise Roadshow
Brighton FREE Hosted by Mum's Enterprise Events

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