Start Your Own Business In The UK

Start a new business in The UK
If you are starting a business in The UK, this site is full of FREE resources, useful information and local contacts to help you start and grow successfully.

Start Your Own Business (now over 12 years old) contains information and advice but, unlike other start-up sites, it also contains details of LOCAL organisations who can help you. The firms listed on each page have declared themselves to be 'new business friendly' and will welcome your enquiries.

Start-Up Resources

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Latest Start Up Articles

Keep up to date with the most recent business thinking from around the world

Over the years, we have amassed a large collection of articles which we believe you may find useful. The vast majority of these have been kindly supplied by experts in each relevant field.

37 Tasks You Should Outsource To Free Up Your Time and Skyrocket Your Business
If you’re starting a business, the chances are you fall into one of two categories.
Is it worth spending my valuable time on Social Media?
If you are scratching your head wondering the same thing, I am pleased to let you know that you are not alone! We are being encouraged to embrace this new revolution: to ‘Tweet’, ‘Like’, ‘Post’, ‘Follow’ and generally use perfectly good working time to ‘keep up with modern technology’.
Jason's Networking Tips for the Introverted Personality
Networking plays an important part in spreading your brand awareness and growing your Small Business. If you prefer a good book to a party then as an introvert you may struggle with a room full of networkers.
How Can Market Research Work For My Business?
First, it is necessary to understand what market research is and what it is used for.
Why Employ a Business Coach to Help with your Start Up?
As a business startup, you will have a budget to stick to. This means that you need to keep your expenditure to a minimum whilst trying to grow your business. So why employ a business coach?
Digital Marketing Tips For Start-Ups
Ok, so you've been funded and no it's time for the actual planning to begin! This is probably the most challenging part of the whole thing. There are so many options, where do you begin looking? PurpleFruit's guide can help you.
What is a Commercial Guarantee?
A commercial guarantee is a promise to ensure that a third party either: (i) fulfils its obligations; and/or (ii) a promise to fulfil those obligations should the third party fail. It is a contractual commitment that creates a secondary obligation to support a primary obligation such as repayment of a loan.
Female entrepreneurs leading the way
New business start-ups have been largely dominated by men in the past, but a recent survey conducted by HSBC has highlighted a shift in the male/female ratio. The Essence of Enterprise report found that female entrepreneurs make up 59 per cent of UK entrepreneurs under the age of thirty-five.
The Mindset of the Entrepreneur
If you have always wanted to be an entrepreneur, it is important to discover whether you have the mind-set of an entrepreneur.
Do You Know What Good Performance is?
Most business owners recognise the importance of reward and recognition in motivating staff and enhancing performance but also that it is not all about money.

Latest Business Tips

Business Tips

The Only Thing We Can Control

In business we often have to wear different hats and suddenly you find you are in charge of everything. They say you bring your business with you, so however you feel, will be reflected in your business and vice versa. You quickly need to realise bad stuff will happen and it's not always your fault. It's often he we react to things that either make them challenges to solve or problems to avoid.So tip of today is:-"the only choice we sometimes have is how we react to things, this doesn't stop challenges or problems happening, but does mean we keep grounded whatever happens. How are you going to react today?".
(11-12-17)

Talk talk talk!

Working on your own, starting up a new business can be very lonely at the beginning and you may feel that you have taken a big leap into the unknown. You are not on your own though, there are lots of people out there who have taken that jump before, so get networking!
(05-12-17)

Be Social

Social Media is all about being social and engaging with your audience. If you haven't got time to do this yourself, ask the professionals to step in.
(28-11-17)

Know where you audience hangs out

We use a lot of social media, and music based forums to find our clients, as we know that this is where they hang out. Take a few days to gather as much information about you target audience as possible!
(28-11-17)

Get Networking!

Getting involved with online & local networking groups is a very good way to build the relationships which will over time help to grow your business.Don't expect to turn up, deliver your pitch and get instant business from the people in the room on the day...it takes time to build the connections that will most certainly lead to business recommendations in the future.
(17-11-17)

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Local Contacts

Find Local Help & Support

In addition to the information that applies to start-ups everywhere, we have also created LOCAL sections to help you find the help and support that is on your own doorstep. This includes, business advice, networking, funding & grants, accountancy, web design, and much more.

We are a small friendly team and always welcome enquiries from anyone who is thinking who is planning to start a business or from anyone who can offer help and support. Contact us.