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

Note: one time registration required for some items but this also unlocks all free resources on the site.

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.

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.
Could a mentor double your chances of 5 year survival?
Fact - 70% of small businesses that use a mentor survive for five years or more – which is double the rate of those without mentors.

Latest Business Tips

Business Tips

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 takes time to build the connections that will most certainly lead to business recommendations in the future.

Cash Flow Is King

Always make sure there is and will be enough cash in the bank. Cash flow is king!

Keep Things Simple

The temptation when you start a business is to create an extremely detailed business plan covering every future business scenario. A business plan is great but don't get bogged down in the detail, things always change so instead make sure you remain focussed on your number one objective and how you intend to hit that objective. Lots of people are willing to give advice but remember, if they don't run their own business they know little more than you, so keep focussed on your number one objective.Keep a website simple to...your customers will thank you for that

Focus & Priorities.

Where Attention Goes,Energy Flows,Result Shows.Eg. ensure you business finance has costing done well and cash flow management is very important. Note -"Cash is King"

Friends & Family

Never be afraid to ask friends and family to help. They usually work for free!

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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.