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Start Your Own Business in Lancashire

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

Welcome

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

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

Starting a business in Lancashire

Popular resources

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 Lancashire
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 Lancashire.

Checklist

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

Premises

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

Starting a business in Lancashire
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Key Contacts in Lancashire

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Selnet
Are you interested in social enterprise? Selnet is the Social Enterprise Network for Lancashire. Since 2007 we have been supporting social enterprises across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen to connect, develop and grow, through: Our vibrant, impactful membership network; Specialist business start-up and growth advice and support; Securing opportunities for our members; Developing and leading partnerships; Promotion and representation on a local, regional and national basis. Selnet Ltd, Brentwood House, Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 8PS
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Boost Business Lancashire
Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. We work with business owners and decision makers to help them improve, develop and grow their business. We provide a range of funded business support programmes in addition to a dedicated service that helps you navigate the local, regional and national business support landscape to find the right support for your business.
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Orvia
Orvia offers FREE support to businesses in Lancashire. Ultimately, we help businesses to grow. We have over 28 years of experience in business support so above all we know how to achieve great results. Suite 12, Croston House, Lancashire Business Park, Leyland PR26 6TU
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Lancashire Enterprise Partnership
The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a creative collaboration of leaders from business, universities and local councils, who direct economic growth and drive job creation. The region’s business base is broad and buoyant, with thriving towns and cities as well as excellent schools, colleges and universities. The LEP was formed in 2011 to make Lancashire the location for business growth and inward investment. We aim to do this by ensuring all our companies have easy access to high-grade support services that promote sustainable expansion.
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Startup Lancashire
Free support to help Lancashire startups succeed Are you based in Lancashire and planning to start your own business this year? Whether this is your first startup or not, you’ll face a lot of challenges along the way from turning a great idea to a working business, accessing growth finance and learning the skills you need to run your own business.
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The Business Clinic
One stark statistic is at the heart of The Business Clinic’s mission to help businesses across Lancashire succeed and enjoy healthier profits. In an economic climate where the failure rate for start-up businesses is more than 80% in their first five years something isn’t working when it comes to business support. It was with this stark reality firmly in mind that Helen Livesey and David Nelson founded The Business Clinic as an organisation to provide support, training and consultancy at ground level for businesses young and old.
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Trading Standards (Lancashire County Council)
Give your business a head start in Lancashire and ease the legislative burden with help and advice from the Trading Standards Service. We subscribe to the home authority principle, which requires us to place special emphasis on businesses based in Lancashire. We are able to provide expert advice and assistance on trading standards subjects at this crucial time for your business to ensure that you get it right first time.
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HH Accountants
We are new to the area and have recently joined up with an existing local practice. We have a wealth of experience in advising business start ups and can offer a full range of services. We advise on the best method of operating: sole trader, partnership or Limited Company. We advise on VAT registration. Our initial consultation is always free.
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Kilners Accountancy
Friendly, affordable and reliable accountancy services. Let us take away the hassle of your bookkeeping requirements allowing you more time to focus on the running and progression of your business. We offer bookkeeping, payroll, credit control, cashflow, VAT processing and financial reporting and are always happy to assist with any officepaperwork related tasks to free you up.
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Help for Lancashire Businesses
The lancashire County Council website contains a section dedicated to helping businesses in the county. It contains useful information and links to key contacts both within the council and throughout Lancashire as a whole.
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Business Enterprise Trust
Business Advice And Assistance Available throughout The North West Business Enterprise Trust is a well established Enterprise Agency. As a Not For Profit Organisation that has been operating since 1982 and offer a range of services that include • Business Advice • Business Planning • Business Training • Access To Finance We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional, confidential and reliable service at all times, whilst maintaining the standards. For further information on our full range of services please contact us by email at: hyndburnenterprisetrust79@gmail.com
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enterprise4all
Enterprise4All provide enterprise for all different businesses in Lancashire. We are a leading Business Development and enterprise for all support organisation in Lancashire. Our ethos is to strengthen communities through enterprise, education and employment. Our mission is to create enterprise for all in the Lancashire region. We have a clear set of values and objectives around the following: Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture; Supporting Businesses to Start & Grow; Helping support creating Employment opportunities for all; Supporting Diversity & Inclusion through Community Cohesion
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East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce is a locally based private sector organisation, owned by the Members and accredited by the British Chambers. We are committed to helping Pennine Lancashire have a thriving economy. We are active at local, regional and national levels in the influential decision making bodies, whose programmes and investments, both public and private, determine the environment in which business operates. Address: Clayton Busines Park, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 5JR
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North and West Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (NWLCC) is open to any business. We have played a key role in the regions business community for over 100 years helping our members start, grow and succeed. Being part of the NWLCC is popular because its gives our members access to a range of practical services, networking and event opportunities, employee development programmes and national business support initiatives. Address: 9-10 Eastway Business Village, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston,PR2 9WT
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FSB Lancashire & Cumbria
FSB Lancashire & Cumbria 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: Paul Foster Development Manager paul.foster@fsb.org.uk
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Ainsworth Accountants
We offer a friendly and approachable accountancy and tax service. Our accounting service will be personalised and tailor made for your budget. If you wish we will help you do what you can do for yourself to reduce our involvement and keep costs down. We hope to build a strong relationship with you so that you will feel able to call us when you need clear, concise and helpful advice as you develop your business. We will treat you with confidentiality, respect and sensitivity at all time
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Enterprise 4 All
Enterprise4All is Lancashires leading provider of business support services. We offer specialist assistance and advice to anyone who wants to start a new business and we provide expert help for established companies that are looking to expand. In recent years, we have provided FREE information, advice and guidance to thousands of local people and we???ve helped well over 1500 of them to start or develop their own company.
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Ribble Valley Enterprise Agency
A key partner of Business Link - Providing business advice, information, access to finance and training to new and developing small and medium sized enterprises.
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Orvia Group Limited
Orvia Group provides business support and advice on all aspects of starting, running and growing a business, which is delivered through our comprehensive range of training courses, one to one advice, coaching and mentoring. Along with the traditional advice, information and guidance provided by Orvia we can also assist with accessing finance and supporting businesses who wish to invest in their development through our recognised qualifications and mentoring programmes. In addition to this we provide property rental services to allow you to trade in flexible workspace at competitive rates. For more information please call Andrew Atkinson on 01772 42 22 42, email us at ask@orvia.co.uk, visit the website at www.orvia.co.uk or why not follow us on Twitter @orviagroup.
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South Ribble Economic Partnership
Starting Your Own Business - Are you interested in starting your own business? Free advice and assistance is available on starting your own businesses including support from six months before you start trading and for up to three years after the business is up and running. Business Venture Group is working with the council to deliver start-up support. Are you a North West business thinking about the potential benefits of generating your own renewable energy? Talk to Envirolink to find out how they can help your business. Please see the Business Event - Help with Renewables flyer below for details.
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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