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How to Start a Business in Bradford

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How to Start a Business in Bradford

Starting a business in Bradford

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

Start Your Own Business in Bradford 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 Bradford since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Bradford

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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Free Startup Guide

Start Your Own Business in 2021
Download the 2022 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy to read way.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English.

There is also plenty of help available in the area and much of it is free - please do make the most of it.

Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.
Starting a business in Bradford

Key Contacts in Bradford

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.

Bradford 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.

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ITQ Digital
ITQ Digital is a UK-based Ecommerce development company with offices in Manchester, London, Bristol and Leeds with over 20 years experience in the industry. We have worked with over a 100 companies helping them understand, implement and connect and market their services successfully on the web. We specialise in developing Ecommerce websites across a broad range of SMEs on the following platforms: * Magento * WooCommerce * Shopify We also specialise in integrating your online store to SAP Business One, Microsoft Dynamics, or other ERP, CRM and accounting platforms (Xero/Quickbooks) with extensive knowledge and expertise across these technologies. We work with all our clients to assess and select the right ECommerce platform to ensure that this will meet their short term needs as well as being agile enough to accommodate their future goals online. To view some of our work please click here. We also work with a range of expert partners across Digital Marketing, Online Payments, Logistics & Delivery, UX & Conversion as well as Accounting and ERP/CRM to help you grow your business. We are a no-nonsense agency that value long term client relationships, provide honest advice and help our clients develop profitable eCommerce businesses. If this sounds like the kind of approach that resonates with you and your business, we'd love to hear from you.
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Networking

In Business
Networking, training and support for small and start-up businesses. Running a business can be lonely and we will help you on your business journey, by helping you to make useful connections through networking and by providing training on topics relevant to running a business.
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Marketing

Bradford Means Business
Bradford Means Business is a website and magazine celebrating all that is good about business in Bradford. Bradford Means Business is produced by the Telegraph & Argus, for 150 years we have published news and information for the Bradford district. In recent times we have expanded to become LocaliQ as we now offer full digital marketing solutions for businesses.
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Networking

Bradford Chamber of Commerce
Bradford Chamber will give your business a voice – locally, regionally and nationally. Through our policy and representation department we can champion your cause and be a platform for your ideas and concerns.
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Advice

Airedale Enterprise Services
Business Support, Training and Room Hire for Businesses & Individuals in Yorkshire and Surrounding areas. We provide Office Space, Consultancy and Executive Coaching to help make British business a more productive and profitable place to be. Whatever stage you or your business venture is at, we offer a comprehensive range of business support. For over 30 years we have nurtured thousands of businesses like yours to succeed. An award-winning organisation, we have been appointed as a chosen provider for delivering opportunities from government initiatives and EU funding through to reputable commercial loans, grants and training to help grow your business. From helping you launch a business from scratch through to providing support in gaining Accredited ISO quality recognition for your business, we’ll guide you through the process. Our friendly in-house team provides coaching, mentoring, workshops and administrative support as well as bringing you external trainers who are experts in their field. We look forward to inspiring you!
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Advice

City of Bradford - Business support
Bradford is a great northern city, home to enterprising and creative people with strong productive businesses. Being at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse and the UK, Bradford offers competitive living and business set-up costs. It has one of the youngest populations in the UK making it a perfect place for businesses to make the most of upcoming talent and a growing economy. The Council is committed to encouraging innovation and supporting businesses. Whether you are setting up a business, an established local company or are thinking of relocating to the Bradford District, there are several key agencies willing to give you advice and support.
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Office Services

Essential Hygiene
Experts in the design and build of state of the art decontamination services, our high performing patient support surfaces, and sanitisation products have been proven to outperform alternative products in the most demanding of clinical environments. Essential Healthcare Solutions Ltd has provided equipment and services to the NHS for over 10 years and has evolved to become one of the UKs premier innovators of decontamination services, the supply of specialist support surface products, sanitisation equipment and products, such as hand sanitising stations.We carefully select all our supply and manufacturing partners, making sure they share the same commitment, passion, forward-thinking and common-sense approach to achieving the high standards and demands we put upon ourselves.We are proud to consistently deliver best in class products and services to over 40 NHS Trusts that cover the length and breadth of the country. Essential Healthcare Solutions Ltd is fast becoming the number one authority in patient care, support surface fulfilment, sanitisation products and after care services.Essential Healthcare Solutions LtdEssential Enterprise Village,Fieldhead Lane, Birstall,West Yorkshire,WF17 9BNT: 01924 939441E: ask@essential-hygiene.uk
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Invest in Bradford
radford is a great northern city, home to enterprising and creative people with strong productive businesses. With a proud industrial heritage and a growing economy, Bradford offers competitive living and business set-up costs. Bradford has one of the youngest populations in the UK making it a perfect place for businesses to make the most of upcoming talent. The Invest in Bradford Team has experienced Business Advisors to support any business looking to start-up, relocate or expand in the district. Contact us for more information.
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Advice

Bradford Kickstart
Bradford Kickstart aims to help local people start and run small businesses – encouraging growth, prosperity and employment in Bradford District. Bradford Kickstart Gateway T 0800 953 9503 E info@bradfordkickstart.com
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Bradford Economic Partnership
The Bradford Economic Partnership brings together a team of senior leaders from key organisations; local businesses, Bradford Council, the University of Bradford, the City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce, to oversee and drive delivery of our inclusive growth agenda. The partnership works together to set the strategic direction and to support economic development and regeneration in the Bradford District and provides a credible and powerful voice for the city and district in regional, national and international forums.
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Advice

UK Business Support Club
The UK Business Support Club helps advise, support and promote small businesses. It helps members by giving them access to our Expert Panel representing a wide range of business topics, a library of educational resources and a forum for peer-to-peer discussion and support.
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Funding

Business Enterprise Fund
Business Enterprise Fund is a not for profit social enterprise, set up to provide loans to SME businesses that will help them thrive and grow when other lenders can’t fully assist. As a social enterprise, our profits are re-invested in the company to further our social aims. Founded in Bradford, BEF began lending to small businesses in the local area with an initiative to encourage growth in the economy and provide a positive impact on job creation and communities. Over the last 15 years, we have lent to a wide range of businesses, from sole traders and start-ups, through to established multi-site companies. BEF have a growing presence and has spread across the North East and North West of England, as well as North and West Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire. We also have Grade A office space, City Hub, in the heart of Bradford for local SME businesses.
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Accountancy

Nigel Wright Accounting
We are leading independent Chartered Certified Accountants based in West Yorkshire offering more than the usual range of accountancy services. We have a dynamic and commercially focused team with extensive experience ranging from worldwide, market leading businesses to individuals with personal wealth. We believe that our integrity and experience enable us to have a close and trusted relationship with our clients.
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Advice

The Yorkshire Post
Why Bradford is the best place to start a business in Britain - Zahir Irani The Sunday Times singled out the district as one of the best places for business in Britain, pointing to our £10bn economy, young population, low commercial rents, good road infrastructure, ongoing regeneration, fast broadband and the University of Bradford, of which I am proud to be Deputy-Vice Chancellor. These fundamentals remain the same, Covid-19 or not.
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Advice

Bradford Trident
Enterprise coaching is similar to sports coaching, in that it is designed to help you be the best you can be in your field. It should be something you find challenging yet encouraging and should help you develop the confidence to move forward with your ideas. Though 1-to-1 discussions (over Zoom, the phone, email or in person – when we can) you could develop a business idea from a thought into reality, or you may find the confidence to overcome a current challenge you are facing with your existing business or find a new way approaching things and some new contacts. The coaching service is free of charge to anyone living or working in a BD5 postcode area as Jonathan Smith, our experienced Enterprise Coach, is full funded by Bradford Trident.
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Funding

Business Enterprise Fund
Business Enterprise Fund is a not for profit social enterprise, set up to provide loans to SME businesses that will help them thrive and grow when other lenders can’t fully assist. As a social enterprise, our profits are re-invested in the company to further our social aims. Founded in Bradford, BEF began lending to small businesses in the local area with an initiative to encourage growth in the economy and provide a positive impact on job creation and communities. Over the last 15 years, we have lent to a wide range of businesses, from sole traders and start-ups, through to established multi-site companies. BEF have a growing presence and has spread across the North East and North West of England, as well as North and West Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire. We also have Grade A office space, City Hub, in the heart of Bradford for local SME businesses.
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Networking

Yorkshire Enterprise Network
The Yorkshire Enterprise Network is a network of private and public sector professionals across the Yorkshire region. As an organisation we exist to increase trade potential to the Yorkshire region by using a range of networking, seminars, events and trade delegations which bring people together in order to grow and further relationships and business.
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Advice

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
The people behind West & North Yorkshire Chamber are business people just like you.Our Board, who run the organisation, face the same or similar challenges to you in their businesses or organisations every day.
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Advice

Business Enterprise Fund
Established in 2004 the Business Enterprise Fund lends to businesses throughout West and North Yorkshire who are unable to access funding from mainstream sources. Loans from 500 to 150,000 are available. The Fund lends to all types of businesses, from sole traders to limited companies and to start-ups and existing businesses. Applications are accepted from all sectors.
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