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Start Your Own Business in Bristol

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


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

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

Starting a business in Bristol

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

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes links to key contacts such as HMRC, Companies House etc.

Start Your Own Business in 2021
Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.

What do you get in the guide?

Packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Bristol.


Easy to follow step by step guide

Business set-up

Choosing the right structure

Getting online

Online marketing, social media

Local support

Where to find help and support


Work from home or premises?

Employing staff

How to find and recruit

Before you start

The reality of running a business

Finance & funding

Your funding options

Law & insurance

The key considerations

Business planning

Are you ready?

Accountancy & tax

Tax and VAT explained

Business directory

Useful contacts

Market research

Is there a gap in the market?

Business networking

Tips and local groups

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Key Contacts in Bristol

Origin Workspace
Origin Workspace is designed to meet the changing needs of today's entrepreneurs, small and growing businesses, ambitious consultants, freelancers and remote workers. We know that your workplace needs to be more than a desk with internet connection. You need networking opportunities as well as IT support, a place to hold meetings. And all in a supportive environment that inspires you to connect and grow, and in a convenient location next to Bristol's Clifton Triangle.
Orega Bristol
An office designed for you The offices at Orega Bristol are fully flexible and serviced to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of businesses. The office environment we create is strategically designed to help businesses flourish. Every office is fitted with the latest IT and telecoms solutions to provide unrivalled broadband speeds along with the latest telephony capable of supporting a variety of recording and monitoring software. Each office is personally configured by our sales and management team providing office space to suit your choices and requirements, creating a hassle-free move. This process is known as our Perfect Move In and will be explained to you in detail prior to completion of contracts. All Orega offices are unbranded but our clients are welcome to brand their own offices in a manner which best reflects their business. Corporate name boards and logos can also be situated in prominent areas. You will benefit from being able to call the building your own whilst using it to help promote the prestige of your company. We aim to provide a fantastic working environment for the people in your business. The space we offer is totally flexible enabling business to expand in a matter of days when necessary. About Ten Victoria Street Ten Victoria Street is a stunning newly redeveloped, five-storey period office building just a stones throw from Bristols floating harbour and Temple Quay Station. Situated on Victoria Street the building offers 27,000 Sqft of Cat A serviced office space, the building has been finished to a BREEAM rating of very good. Within Bristols central business district the red brick facade leads to a grand modern entrance and reception offering a great first impression to visitors. To the rear of the building is a private, secure-access car park, making it the perfect base for your business. Location Our Bristol Business Centres location means you and your colleagues have a range of options for travelling to and from our building. Aside from both our on and off site parking, Temple Meads station is just a short five minute walk down the road. Both bus and cycle routes are conveniently located close to the building and the canal ferry docks are nearby. Victoria Street itself leads directly out of Bristol, connecting to neighbouring A roads and to the three motorways (M32, M4 & M5) that surround the city. Victoria Street is close to Cabot Circus shopping centre and a number of cafes, bars and restaurants are also located in the vicinity. Orega Bristol Ten Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6BN
One Up Coworking
Coworking space, meeting rooms and a content studio in the centre of Bristol. Growing a business is hard. It’s even harder without the right space. Don’t settle for overpriced and overcrowded. If you are you a startup, growing business, freelancer or someone just looking for their own space; we have flexible desk space plans designed to help you achieve your goals. For more info on OneUp membership. Meeting rooms available OneUp's office space offers onsite meeting and training room hire. available to hire by the hour, or by the day, with monthly use credits available for our OneUp tenants. Becoming a OneUp member We encourage you to make OneUp’s coworking spaces your own. Whether you're a solo freelancer or a company of six you are free to personalise your space to help boost your productivity. Arclight House, 3 Unity Street, Bristol BS1 5HH Tel: 0117 214 0111
(+) has been helping UK small businesses and charities grow online since 2005. Professional business websites and ecommerce sites boost business in many ways. So offers services ranging from growth-focused, affordable website design to bespoke web development and unique digital marketing packages including SEO, social media, video marketing and more. Turning dreams into business plans, and plans into reality, isn’t easy. Expert advice is vital, whether you’re growing or still in the planning stages. With years of experience, professional website designer, web developer and digital marketing consultant Pete Wright can help. Do you want cost-effective small business website design? Or SEO and other digital marketing services? Then get in touch today!
Ben Smith
Smarter Bristol web design, starts by listening to you We are web design Bristol experts and marketing specialists covering Bristol, Weston Super Mare, Somerset and beyond! We help to deliver more sales and qualified leads with smart thinking, high quality, user friendly website designs and search engine friendly content. We can achieve results on very tight budgets by clever digital marketing and traditional marketing methods – giving your business a great return on it’s investment! Our web design service delivers results fast – our concepts and methods have helped many businesses become more streamlined and cost effective – see for yourself by looking at our website portfolio and testimonials – We come highly recommended from lots of companies locally and Worldwide.
Sova Surveys
We are experts in measured building surveys, topographical surveys, BIM modelling and more. Operating in London, Bath and Bristol, our team have a wealth of cutting-edge technical surveying techniques to produce accurate results for all types of residential and commercial property. Contact us today.
Aardvark Creative
Based in Bristol, Aardvark Creative are top quality graphic designers and website designers who offer services both in Bristol and around the UK. Now, like all creative consultancies, we
Greg de Tisi Online Marketing and Coaching
Greg de Tisi Coaching is all about specifics. Whether you want a new career, a new lifestyle, more money or just more motivation I can help. With over 10 years of experience helping others I am committed to serving others and helping others to tap into what drives them and what they are passionate about. I have 15 books so far on self growth and wealth growth and work from home In Bristol. I have successful students from all over the globe and continue to seve in my local community also where I can. I offer a free 45 minute consultation no obligation to see whether I am the right fit for you. I look forward to meeting you soon Greg De Tisi
Higos Insurance Services Ltd
Higos is one of the largest independent regional intermediaries in the UK, specialising in general insurance products for both personal and business risks. Higos offers a distribution network for independent financial advisers. We have built our reputation on providing a winning combination of professional, independent advice and customer service for both personal and business customers. We have offices located throughout the South West - for further details visit
Enterprise Online Marketing Solutions
In todays connected world Digital Marketing and the World Wide Web forms an essential part of business marketing. You need to be easy to find in all the places that your existing and potential customers are likely to visit and make sure that you are professionally representing your business. You want more sales, more leads, phone calls and enquiries, more newsletter subscriptions andor more downloads! To achieve these ambitions, you need an effective website, effective Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to make sure that you appear in Google, Bing and Yahoo search results as well as an active presence on all the Social Media sites that your clients are likely to be using Using a range of affordable and effective Digital Marketing I can ensure that your business is easy to find by your customers.
BRAVE Enterprise
BRAVE Enterprise has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start and run successful and profitable businesses in Bristol. BRAVE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Bristol. BRAVE provides support to: Trading businesses looking to develop and grow Business needing solutions to problems, Start-up businesses, those thinking about starting a business or becoming self employed for the first time.
Crest Insurance Consultants Ltd
Independent Insurance Intermediary offering SMEs with business combined insurance packages, liability, professional indemnity, property, motor, household etc
Outset Bristol
Outset Bristol provides free training and support to people who are considering starting their own business in Bristol. Outset Bristol is now also able to offer Start Up Loans for entrepreneurs aged over 30. These low interest loans are funded by the government and available to people starting up and new businesses trading for less than one year. Alongside Outset Bristols comprehensive pre-start support you will be offered your own post-funding mentor to help keep you on track.
Business West Chambers of Commerce
We are one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. Address: Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, BS8 3RA
Flair 4 IT
Flair4IT are a energetic, fresh faced IT company at the heart of Bristol supporting companies ranging from SMEs to local government.
Hartcliffe and Withywood Ventures
Free confidential impartial information, advice and guidance is provided. For further information please call 0117 9781708 between 9.00am - 5.00pm or e-mail us at
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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