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Take a look around to get inspired by others, learn about business and develop a big idea. Find the right support, advice and inspiration for your future business.

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Thinking about starting

What's the big idea?

Maybe you have a great business idea or maybe you need some inspiration. Either way, use our Business idea finder to get tips and detailed information on starting different types of business.

Make your plan

The business plan. It’s not as daunting as you might think, but it’s an important starting point. It should help you understand the finances your start-up might need and the scale of your project in the initial phase.


Use our pre-start checklist

There’s a lot to think about before you take steps to start your business. Find out what other people have done, get help to develop a plan of action, research your market and find tools to refine your idea.

Time to get started

Structure your business

The three main business types are sole trader, partnership and limited company. Each one has advantages and disadvantages and rules to follow. Take the time to choose the right legal structure for your business.

Name your business

Picking a name for your business is a little bit more involved than you might think. It’s important for your branding and marketing but there are also special rules depending on how you’ve structured your business.


Use our start your business checklist

You’re ready to take the plunge to get your business going. Use our guidance and tools to help you through the phase of getting your business established - from finding and managing money to choosing premises and hiring staff.

Running your start-up

Know your legal responsibilities

Running a business means a whole new world of rules. Thankfully support is available to make your life easier when understanding regulations and keeping your business on the right side of the law.

Understand tax and VAT

When you’re running your own business, you'll have to know about taxes. Which taxes apply to you and when do you have to pay them? You are not alone - there is help available.


Use our running your business checklist

You're running a business and want to accelerate your sales and growth, so what steps do you need to take and what help is available? Use our support to get ahead and find out how other local entrepreneurs have made the transition.

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