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Start Your Own Business in Cornwall

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


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

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

Starting a business in Cornwall

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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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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 Cornwall.


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 Cornwall

Whyfield is very much a modern firm of accountants. Their Truro-based team are highly accredited and highly regarded throughout Cornwall, Devon and across the UK. They're Making Tax Digital experts and have helped hundreds of businesses make the switch over to systems that show how your business is performing in an instant! They offer everything you’d expect from an accountant, from bookkeeping and payroll to VAT returns and year end accounts, so you won’t be short of choice when it comes to support. They’re also experienced business advisors who help turn ideas into thriving start-ups. As a relatively young firm, who set up in 2014, they are perfectly suited to help new start-ups navigate the usual hurdles of starting a business. In fact, they’ve grown considerably since opening their doors and have won a whole host of awards along the way, so you couldn’t be in better hands if you’re looking to start up and grow your business. If you're looking for great value service and a modern thinking accountant, look no further! Get in touch with their team for a free 30-minute chat to see how they can help you: 01872 267 267b
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.
Paddle Creative
Accelerate your new business with the help of a marketing expert, ready to guide you through the best options. Starting a business can be a daunting prospect, but getting the marketing element right is one of the most crucial aspects in making your start-up successful. Your brand needs to resonate with your new customers, and you need to ensure you get yourself in front of enough potential customers. The best way to accomplish this for most companies is through successful online marketing via a range of channels, that work in tandem to create a marketing machine. Matt Connelly runs Paddle Creative in Cornwall and has a long track record in helping businesses like yours grow. I have helped businesses thrive in a wide range of sectors, and varying stages in their development. I take a ‘360 approach’ and aim to develop a wholesome marketing strategy aligned with your goals and budget to ensure your business is a success. From branding and business cards to new websites and digital marketing, Paddle Creative is here to help your business move forward. Contact Paddle now and discover affordable marketing solutions designed around your business.
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 weve helped literally thousands of people start and grow their own business by providing free or heavily subsidised, high quality support and advice.
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.
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
Cornwall Council Business Support and Advice
This page on the Cornwall Council's website contains details of business support in the area.
Business Regulatory Support
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.
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth and Skills Hub
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.
Islands Partnership
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.
Cornwall Development Company
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.
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Programme
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.
Cornwall Innovation
Three Centres across Cornwall aimed at inspiring dynamic people to grow and build innovative enterprises leading to business success.
Citizens Advice Cornwall
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.
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 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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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