Start Your Own Business in Cornwall

If you are starting a business in Cornwall, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Cornwall contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Free start-up pack

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

Start Your Own Business In 2018

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this Cornwall section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in Cornwall who would love to help you.

Cornwall Locations Covered

Bodmin  |  Boscastle  |  Bude  |  Callington  |  Calstock  |  Camborne  |  Camelford  |  Caradon Dc  |  Carrick Dc  |  Cornwall  |  Delabole  |  Falmouth  |  Fowey  |  Gunnislake  |  Hayle  |  Helston  |  Kerrier Dc  |  Launceston  |  Liskeard  |  Looe  |  Lostwithiel  |  Marazion  |  Newquay  |  North Cornwall  |  Padstow  |  Par  |  Penryn  |  Penwith  |  Penzance  |  Perranporth  |  Port Isaac  |  Redruth  |  Restormel  |  Saltash  |  St Agnes  |  St Austell  |  St Columb  |  St Ives  |  Tintagel  |  Torpoint  |  Truro  |  Wadebridge  | 

Free Local Resources

Local resources and contacts sorted by classification

Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.


  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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StartUp Latest

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Cornwall Local Contacts

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)

4Networking

4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at www.4networking.biz (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: www.4networking.biz/events. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

South West Business Mentors

If you are thinking of starting a business or have already started one and need some assistance, then a specialised team of experienced business mentors is available to assist you to start or manage your business as follows: 1. To give assistance in the various business facets, e.g. Finance, marketing, production, administration, sales, export, personnel etc. 2. To work on a one-to-one basis by way of face to-face meetings or via email. 3. To give guidance and training in marketing and selling techniques. 4. To assist in applying for funding by way of business plans etc. 5. Our organisation is not funded by the Government or other funders and is run by experienced business volunteers. 6 There is no set time limit imposed by the mentoring and it could continue as long as the mentee requires assistance. 7. Fees: There is a one off introduction fee of £25 for the initial meeting after which there are no fees.

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership drives activity to support business growth, create jobs and help people realise their potential. 01872 224214

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 1988 and we are proud to be nationally Accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). We are an independent, local, not-for-profit organisation, whose main aim is to improve the prosperity and competitiveness of Cornish businesses. Address: Chamber Office, Stanley Way, Cardrew, Redruth, TR15 1SP 01209 216006

FSB Cornwall
FSB Cornwall is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Ann Vandermeulen Development Manager Ann.Vandermeulen@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

MentorsDen CIC
We provide a completely free business mentoring service by one of our 15 business mentors. We assist disabled or disadvantaged persons requiring assistance with their business 1872862832

Outset Cornwall
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 won't 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 I'm glad I did rather than I wish I had! 0800 9174324

West Devon Business Information Point Limited
Business Information Point have been providing tailored, small business advice in Devon and Somerset for over 20 years. During that time we've helped literally thousands of people start and grow their own business by providing free or heavily subsidised, high quality support and advice. 01837 659 059


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