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Start Your Own Business in Angus

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

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Start Your Own Business in Angus

If you are thinking about starting a business in Angus or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Angus contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Angus since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Angus

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There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy to read way. links to key contacts such as HMRC, Companies House etc. are contained along with a useful step-by-step checklist.

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Key Contacts in Angus

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business. Angus is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.

Accountancy

The Long Partnership
The best time to talk to an accountant is when you first think about starting or buying your own business. The next best time is now. A little bit of time and money invested in timely advice could save you thousands of pounds and make the difference between success and failure, particularly if start-up funds are limited. We’d love to get to know you better & take some of the work off your plate. Call to book a FREE consultation or request a call back today!
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Advice

Find Business Support in Scotland
We're here to help you find the business support you need. We have gathered together information and support for all company sizes and sectors across Scotland. What is FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot? This service was established to help Scottish businesses find the public sector support they need. Information is available for businesses of all sizes – from those thinking about starting a business to large, well established companies. This website is supported by an enquiries and referral service. You can contact us by submitting an enquiry or calling 0300 303 0660. Our lines are open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Landline calls cost up to 10 pence per minute, mobile costs can vary from 3 pence per minute to 40 pence per minute depending on your operating provider (source: Gov.uk). Why was this website created? This site intends to help Scottish businesses find the right information, advice and support at the right time. We will continue to add information and develop FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot and the referral service. We aim to provide all businesses with quick and easy access to all business support services provided by public sector organisations in Scotland. Who runs FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot? This is a partnership service. It started as a collaboration between Business Gateway, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland. We will eventually include all organisations who receive public funding in Scotland. We currently include services from the following partners.
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Advice

The National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland is one of a number of organisations that are here to help you with your business. We can: Guide you through the COBRA resource. COBRA stands for Complete Business Reference Advisor, and it is an excellent way to find out the basics about running a business. You can even use this resource at home if you register with us, which is free to do and just takes a few minutes Introduce you to our other business information resources and explain what each one can offer, from company data and market size, to market research and trends analysis Guide you towards a very large collection of books and articles all about running a business, marketing and management, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Get in touch by emailing enquiries@nls.uk to find out more.
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Web design

Carnoustie Creative
Carnoustie Creative are an established web design studio based in Angus who provide a comprehensive range of services ideal for startup businesses. Customers are increasingly moving online or simply checking an online presence before they make contact using traditional methods. You only get one chance to make a first impression, let us help you make it a good one! We have packages aimed specifically at new startups and growing businesses covering domain registration, web design, hosting, email, logo design and branding. We also offer graphic design for print and can help to polish your brand image with fantastic business cards, flyers and brochures. Our bespoke websites are created to align with your objectives and target market, developed to industry standards and delivered on a content management system so you can update text, images and product details yourself - full training is included. Starting a company and developing a brand and website can be an intimidating process, and it’s something that small and medium enterprises will probably only have limited experience of. We can help guide you through the process and also advise you how to keep costs low. If you have an idea in mind, or a fixed deadline, that’s not a problem. If you let us know when we start work, we can ensure the right steps are taken to make sure you end up with the website you want, and in the timescale you want it.
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Advice

Angus Council
Advice and support for business We offer a wide range of services to businesses. Whether you’re an existing business looking for support, planning to expand or looking to invest in Angus by relocating to the area, the Invest in Angus website will provide you with all the information you need.
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Funding

Bute Enterprise Finance Fund
Bute Enterprise Finance Fund is a charity funded company which provides loans to businesses and organisations in Bute, Argyll, South and North Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire. Finance £10k-£200k is available with flexible repayment terms up to 10yrs. Specific emphasis is placed on businesses that will assist economic regeneration or generate and sustain employment. We can also help borrowers access other types of finance such as government funded start up loans, advise on business plans and support the growth of your business.
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Advice

Invest in Angus
The Invest in Angus team at Angus Council are here to help businesses invest, work, grow and thrive in Angus. We offer a one stop advice shop – whether it’s information on funding, skills, staffing support, land and property or practical business advice. We are focused on meeting the needs of businesses with a flexible, effective team that can respond quickly to the ever changing business environment and to your specific request. Address: Orchardbank Business Park Orchardbank Forfar Angus DD8 1AN
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Networking

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce
We are the leading business membership organisation in Dundee & Angus and part of the worldwide long-established Chamber of Commerce brand. We have over 800 members who between them employ over 67,000 people. We work hard to help provide members with the business connections and opportunities they need to flourish. We represent our members’ views and use our collective voice to influence opinion makers. We are passionate about Dundee and Angus and promote it as a world class destination, helping the local business community to thrive. Chamber members have a real say in how our organisation is run. The President, Vice-Presidents and Non-executive Directors of our board are all drawn from and elected by members. Our board makes strategic decisions for the chamber and ensures that it continues to grow and prosper. There is an extensive list of membership benefits available, making your membership great value for money. Interested? You can Join us online today or contact our Membership Team on 01382 228545 or email: membership@dundeeandanguschamber.co.uk We run over 80 events per year with more than 3,000 attendees and share over 100 news items each month for members on our website & social media, giving a widespread audience reach of over 2,500,000 p.a. across all of our digital channels. We are based at 37 City Quay in the heart of Dundee's Waterfront, and run our extensive event programme & membr engagement all across Angus & Dundee.
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Advice

Invest in Angus
The Invest in Angus team at Angus Council are here to help businesses invest, work, grow and thrive in Angus. We offer a one stop advice shop – whether it’s information on funding, skills, staffing support, land and property or practical business advice. We are focused on meeting the needs of businesses with a flexible, effective team that can respond quickly to the ever changing business environment and to your specific request. If you are considering starting your own business in Angus or are in the early stages of trading, Business Gateway is available to help and guide you on the path to success. The website provides a wide range of useful information from the basics of starting up, including finance advice, and tax and legal issues to creating a business plan and considering marketing strategies. The guides available include: Starting a business: the basics Starting up: common mistakes and how to avoid them Family-run businesses Starting & growing a rural business There are also video case studies and diaries and lists of events in the area which relate specifically to business start ups.
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Advice

Starting a business: first steps
myscot.gov has a section dedicated to starting a business which talks you through the first steps, stage by stage.
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Advice

mygov.scot - Starting a Business
Information on business planning, registering a company and starting a new business. Setting up - Find information on setting up a business in Scotland. Tax and registering - Find information about registering your business with HM Revenue & Customs and Companies House. Marketing your business - Information on marketing and sales for your business. Intellectual property - Find out what intellectual property is and how to protect it in the UK and abroad. Further help to start a business - Information on organisations or services that can help you start a business or help your staff learn new skills.
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Funding

Start Up Loans Scotland
Start Up Loans assign all applicants to one of our Delivery Partners and, where possible, match you with a Delivery Partner who operates in your local area. The link is to a page which lists their partners in Scotland. Please note, to ensure they can effectively support you, you will only be able to work with one Delivery Partner and you will not be able to change this once you have submitted your application.
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Funding

Government-backed start up loans
Government-backed start up loans are available to help people who want to start or grow a business that is less than 24 months old. The UK Government has already helped over 3,700 companies in Scotland with start up loans. The UK Government has already helped businesses in Scotland with more than £30 million in start up loans. Start up loans are a great opportunity for individuals in need of a personal loan for business purposes to fund their new business. In addition to the loan you can also receive free business support and mentoring to help with starting and growing your business.
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Advice

Business Gateway Angus
Business Gateway Tayside is your gateway to free, expert, local assistance and advice. here are many ways we can help you, even if starting up still seems a way off. Our website is a great place to begin: we offer a business plan guide to download when you’re ready, market reports as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Take part in our webinars to hone your start-up skills – from how to handle the legal requirements to getting your market research right. Plus use our Planning to Start tool to guide you through the essential steps of starting up. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and then we can then use the details you give us to create your action plan, complete with links to relevant information and support. We’ll also recommend free webinars to help you hone your skills and may refer you to relevant support from our partners. A business adviser from your local office will also get in touch to see how else we can help at this stage and signpost you to a wide range of other support across Scotland. With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.
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Advice

Business Gateway
Starting a business - you may be planning to start a business or perhaps you’ve already begun. Find advice on the essentials, from writing a business plan to intellectual property on the Business Gateway website. It has a section dedicated to business start-up and this includes the opportunity to download your business plan template and guidance on: starting up a business, business support and advice, forming a company or business, intellectual property, naming a business, buying a business or franchise, Create business plan.
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Scottish Enterprise - Starting a Business?
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's national economic development agency and a non-departmental public body of the Scottish Government. To deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy, we work with partners in the public and private sectors to find and exploit the best opportunities. We support thousands of companies the length and breadth of Scotland, helping catalyse the changes in our economy that will have a long-term positive impact on Scotland's business competitiveness around the world. In doing so, we're creating significantly more, better jobs, helping people fulfil their potential. Starting a business? It can be both exhilarating and challenging getting your business off the ground. Having the confidence to take that next step is often all that’s needed. Access funding, a free business plan template, and guidance on legal requirements.
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Opportunities

Businesses for Sale in Angus
Gumtree have a section dedicated to buying and selling businesses in Angus. Although all advertisements are listed in good faith, please do be very careful and take professional advice before signing any legal documents or parting with any money.
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Advice

Help for Start-Ups - Business Gateway
If you run a start-up business as an entrepreneur, there is a variety of help for start-ups available, and there may be extra support you can access if you come under certain categories. Much of this help takes the form of mentoring and networking - but you should also be able to access targeted advice, support and even apply for loans and grants. This guide will help explain about the sources of funding that might be available to you and where to get help, advice and training.
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Start-up Steps

We have created a collection of start-up steps articles to help anyone with whatever stage they are on with their business journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have gone before you and we can learn from what they got right and avoid the things that have been proved not to work so well.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: Startup Steps