Start Up

Get your business idea off the ground


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).


Are you a women in the property or construction business?


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.

Business start-up loans


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.

Enterprise Nation


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.

Entrepreneur Handbook


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

HM Revenue & Customs


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


20 Tips to Help You Choose a Business Idea


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


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?


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


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


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


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

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


Workshop Business Planning and Finance Workshop
Swindon , Wiltshire 12.00 Hosted by Business West
Workshop 2 Day Intensive Business Workshop, Ludgershall
Ludgershall Free Hosted by Oxford Innovation
Exhibition Mum's Enterprise Roadshow
Brighton FREE Hosted by Mum's Enterprise Events


case study Ludgershall couple's double celebration – in love and in business!
Clearly Software
case study A Recipe for Success; Business Expansion and Management Development
Porton Biopharma Limited
case study Higher Futures, Learning and Development, using a love of the past to go forward...
Help for Heroes
case study Marketing That Drives Sales
case study Wiltshire entrepreneur fills gap in niche fabric market
Helen Baker Fabric Design
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.