Cornwall Business Advice

Cornwall Business Advice
Cornwall Business Advice

Cornwall businesses are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.

See list of local business support organisations below.

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Free Business Planning Resources

The following items are in our FREE start-up pack and can be download individually or as part of the whole pack.

How to Start a Business Step-by-Step
How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.

Business Start-Up Checklist
Business Start-Up Checklist

"You don't know what you don't know!" Make sure that you don't miss anything by plotting your progress with this 125+ point checklist.

Business Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map

This very popular infographic provides a colourful visual walk through the start-up process and used to occupy the centre pages of our Start-Up newspapers.

Business Plan Template and Instructions
Business Plan Template and Instructions

One of the most important steps but is often ignored. This document will provide you with a clear road-map for your business.

Start Your Own Business CD
Start Your Own Business CD

We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.

How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation
How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation

Designed to compliment the business plan template, this presentation can be personalised and you are welcome to use it (free).

Please note that one-time registration is required to unlock all of the free items on this site.

Latest Advice Articles

If you run your own business in Cornwall and would like to learn more about business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.

Cornwall Business Advice

Useful Start-Up Resources

If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Cornwall area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

There is an exciting opportunity happening nationally that we would like you to consider…. All over the country local professionals like you are volunteering to support schools as Enterprise Advisers, bridging the gap between business and education by helping to raise aspirations and understanding about the world of work. You will work strategically with the school to identify ways to improve their careers and enterprise plans and increase the opportunities for students to learn more about the local jobs market. We know that by increasing the encounters students have with employers it can considerably reduce the likelihood (up to 86%) of them being out of education, employment or training when they leave school and increase their overall earnings by around 18%. I am sure you agree that this is an invaluable initiative for our young people and our future workforce which your organisation can be a part of. We are currently looking for business people to get involved and would like the opportunity to come and discuss this initiative with you. As well as support for the mainstream secondary schools we are also looking for individuals passionate about supporting young people with additional needs and helping to address some of the specific challenges they may face in terms of finding a career. If you or someone you know might be interested and would like to find out more please contact me and I will be happy to pop in for a chat. Sarah McCammon sarah.mccammon@cornwall.gov.uk CIoS Enterprise Adviser Network Pydar House, Pydar Street, TRURO, TR1 1XU
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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership drives activity to support business growth, create jobs and help people realise their potential.
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Business Information Point have been providing tailored, small business advice in Devon and Somerset for over 20 years. During that time weve helped literally thousands of people start and grow their own business by providing free or heavily subsidised, high quality support and advice.
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If you are looking to expand or grow your business, or need help exporting your products, this department at Cornwall Council has the expertise to provide this specialist advice.
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Citizens Advice can provide you with the information and advice you need for the challenges you face. Our advice and information is free, confidential, independent and impartial and includes topics as wide ranging as employment law, benefits, housing, debt, consumer rights, discrimination, family & personal, and immigration & nationality.
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Work with local businesses, including self employed people and not for profit organisations to find the right guidance and support to help their business work smarter, develop and grow.
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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Programme is the European economic regeneration programme for the region. Running until 2020, it will contribute to the EU ambition to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
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Staff development has the power to boost efficiency, improve engagement and help your people shine. Nurture the talent of your team and make your business thrive. 
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This page on the Cornwall Council's website contains details of business support in the area.
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Cornwall Development Company is the arms length economic development company of Cornwall Council.  It is designed to deliver a bespoke, business facing service and to deliver the economic vision and strategy for Cornwall.
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Three Centres across Cornwall aimed at inspiring dynamic people to grow and build innovative enterprises leading to business success.
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The Islands’ Partnership (IP) is a non-profit making company that is limited by guarantee.  It is funded entirely by membership subscription together with some corporate sponsorship.  We are responsible for marketing the Isles of Scilly as a destination, and for managing the Visit Isles of Scilly brand in all its facets.
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At Outset Cornwall we know how scary the thought of working for yourself and managing the challenges of running a business can be. No matter who you are, or where you are in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we wont baffle you with jargon, but share our wealth of knowledge and expertise in a friendly and supportive way. Outset Cornwall is a really flexible, friendly and totally FREE programme that can help you every step of the way, from the first stages of your business idea through to planning and launching your business, and beyond! Be someone who can say Im glad I did rather than I wish I had!
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Purnells are located In Devon, Cornwall and South Wales with offices in Truro, Falmouth, Helston and Newport. Purnells Insolvency Practitioners specialise 100% in Insolvency and are regarded very highly amongst corporate professionals. As with all new clients, Purnells offer a free meeting in person or by telephone to discuss their individual options. This may include advice regarding: Liquidations, Administrations, Pre-packs, Individual Voluntary Arrangements, Personal Insolvency, how to set up a Phoenix Company and how to quickly freeze creditors.
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Start Up Funding