Starting Up

Starting a business, or becoming self-employed, can be risky. It can also be hugely rewarding. Regardless of scale, large or small, it’s worth taking advantage of the advice that’s on offer to ensure your venture is a success.

If you’ve been searching the web for information you’ve probably already found many websites dedicated to the issue of starting a business. This site doesn’t aim to duplicate them. The aim here is to provide you with an introduction to the things you should be considering before starting out on your own and then to link you with organisations and people locally who can help you through the process. There are some excellent resources on the in the `Set up a business' section of the Government funded GOV.UK website. This a section decicated to starting a business, containing tools to enable you to create your own personalised checklist of start-up tasks. The HMRC start up pages offer more advice when starting up.

If you are looking for help, try the ‘Advice and Grant Scheme Finder’ search box to the right and choose the ‘Startup’ filter in the Business Stage drop drown. Also, click on Events and use the Topic ‘Startup’ filter and others to show appropriate events in the calendar.


Please see The Business Plan page and Complying with the law pages will help you plan and decide how you want to name and legally register your business to trade.

Learn from the common mistakes others have made

Understand how to fund your start up business

Search the Advice & Grant Scheme Finder on this site selecting the Business Stage as Pre Start Up or Start Up to find current support to help you develop your new business ideas

National Support


Entrepreneur Handbook

For further advice and useful tips for small businesses including business ideas and 'how to's' take a look at the Entrepreneur Handbook