Start Your Own Business in Liverpool

Starting a business in Liverpool
Starting a business in Liverpool

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

Start Your Own Business in Liverpool contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Liverpool since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Everything that you will find on the site is free and a good place to start is 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' guide.

Start-Up Steps

The sad truth is that far too many new businesses start-ups fail in the early stages and our aim is to try and make sure that you are not one of them.

To help with this, we have broken down the start-up process into simple steps which highlight the things that have worked for other start-ups and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

FREE Local Guide

Start & Grow Your Business in Liverpool

Start & Grow Your Business in Liverpool

Packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 15 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between success or failure.

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FREE Local Guide

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

Start & Grow Your Business in Liverpool
  1. Checklist - easy to follow step by step guide
  2. Local Support - where to find help and support
  3. Before you start - the reality of running a business
  4. Business planning - are you ready?
  5. Market research - is there a gap in the market?
  6. Business set-up - choosing the right structure
  7. Premises - work from home or premises?
  8. Finance & funding - your funding options
  9. Accountancy & tax - tax and VAT explained
  10. Business networking - tips and local groups
  11. Getting online - online marketing, social media
  12. Employing staff - how to find and recruit
  13. Law & insurance - the key considerations
  14. Business directory - useful contacts

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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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FREE Start-Up Pack

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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

Liverpool Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

Here is a list of the key businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Starting your business? You may be simply thinking about starting a new business in the coming weeks or months, or you may have already fully committed to the journey. Whatever stage you are at, you need to ensure that you have the right planning, strategies and systems in place to ensure you are on the right track from the onset. Our professional advisers can help you with: Business structures, Incorporation of the business, Business growth and planning, Financial management, Marketing strategies Through the Business Start Up Programme you can access: * Bespoke, one-to-one support to start your business. * Access to specialist guidance, knowledge and expertise * Accredited advisers who understand all forms of business and enterprise * Assistance to access suitable forms of funding to support your ambitions Depending upon your location, grant funding may be available so your business start-up support is free of charge. Such support is dependent upon grant funding eligibility at the time of application.
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Offering a personal and professional accounting and bookkeeping service for the small business and self-employed. We make accounting simple and provide an online UK wide accountancy service for one FIXED MONTHLY FEE, with no hidden extras. Free software and advice. No time consuming meetings necessary.
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Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is the authentic voice of business in Liverpool, connecting businesses to enable them to thrive together. Trusted since 1850, it is centred on representing the interests of its members and the wider business community, now and for the future, providing a voice for businesses from start-ups to multi-nationals across every sector. Backed by national and international expertise, the Chamber is a powerful opinion leader on the major issues affecting its membership, beyond Brexit to the Northern Powerhouse and the Northern connectivity agenda. The Chamber and its members are passionate about achieving positive change that transcends every sector; in trade, transport and talent - lobbying for improved connectivity, creating a better skilled workforce and attracting inward investment into our City Region. With unparalleled knowledge sharing, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is cultivating business communities. At round tables, masterclasses and through peer to peer engagement, the Chamber connects members with inspiring voices, the thought-leaders shaping the future world of work and the opinion formers shaping our city. Regionally, the Chamber delivers international trade expertise - stimulating export growth for our businesses and helping drive investment into the city. Through the Quarterly Economic Survey it provides the most comprehensive and respected insight into business sentiment in the region and across the UK. Number One Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9HG Tel: 0151 227 123
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This is your opportunity to be part of the most innovative business networking group in Liverpool. Specifically designed for selected business owners and entrepreneurs in the Liverpool area, the Real5 Networking wants to help maximise your profits through opening new revenue streams, creating new business opportunities, and giving you the opportunity to work with like-minded forward-thinking individuals in a refreshing no-nonsense business group. Being a member of real5 networking will provide you with all-inclusive access to a wide variety of products, deals and service such as: Profit share on referrals More new business Increased buying power Business strategy support Investment opportunities Major retail discounts For more information, contact us about membership and be part of something special.
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iverpool BID Company is a private, not-for-profit organisation, working on behalf of our 1,500 BID Levy Payers in Liverpool across two BIDs (Business Improvement Districts): Retail & Leisure BID and Commercial District BID. A BID (Business Improvement District) is a designated zone (BID Area) in which businesses (BID Levy Payers) benefit from a wide range of additional services over and above those funded through the standard commercial rates and council services. Constituted by UK law in 2004, a BID is a powerful, independent voice representing the interests of a varied community of organisations, committed to working together to ensure that the area continues to progress whilst providing the best possible trading and working environment for its occupiers.
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Investment & Support for the Liverpool City Region and the North West MSIF provides a wide range of funding to businesses across the North West, predominantly in the Liverpool City Region and surrounding areas. Funding is available from as little as £500 right up to £2 million+ for a variety of business needs including start-ups, expansions, acquisitions and management buy outs/buy ins. Established in 1994, we are a local, independent organisation which is not bound by national policy - all lending decisions are made here in Liverpool. Our experience and knowledge of the unique characteristics of the region means we understand the business community here and don’t conform to a “one size fits all” approach. MSIF is a not-for-profit organisation; all returns on investment go back into the fund to be re-invested in local businesses. We work closely with banks and other lenders. Sometimes this is because their customers don’t fit their criteria and they are referred to us to see if we can help, or to put together joint funding packages where one or both parties can’t commit the full amount. We also work with corporate finance advisors, accountants and other professionals to put together investments for their clients.
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Liverpool is a former European Capital of Culture, and a city with a long and vibrant history that stretches back hundreds of years. It's no wonder then that it's home to some really exciting businesses. But what's it like to start a business there? We ask a Virgin StartUp business to share their top tips.
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Startups.co.uk, the UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business and they have a page dedicated to starting a business in Liverpool.
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Is there a need in your community that nobody is solving? Maybe it’s time to do it yourself. Then again, maybe it isn’t… There are lots of questions to answer before deciding to set up a new organisation. What’s the best legal structure? Which structure can get what funding? Why do people keep talking about constitutions? At LCVS, we provide training, advice and support to launch your new organisation. We can help you with: Proving the need for your organisation – to yourself and to your funders Choosing the right legal structure, draft legal documents, and liaise with relevant statutory agencies Business planning – developing your business case and/or strategic plan Identifying and applying for appropriate start-up funding Advice on appropriate systems, policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance and good governance Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services 151 Dale Street Liverpool L2 2AH Call Us: 0151 227 5177
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The North Liverpool Business Forum is an informal breakfast meeting for local businesses from all industry sectors providing you with an opportunity to network with other members of the business community. We are a friendly local group of business people who meet once a fortnight over breakfast to talk, learn from one another, share ideas and contacts. Our meeting format is welcoming and informal and provides an opportunity to make contact and spend time building those all important business relationships. As North Liverpool moves into a new era of development with many new projects already underway, there is no doubt that it will mean increased employment, new public and private investment and boost business competitiveness. Through NLBF you can meet the people to help you build your business and benefit from key links with Liverpool City Council. The meetings provide knowledge on the regeneration of the area with key decision makers from the public, private, voluntary and community sector regularly visiting the group to keep you up to date with information and advice about partnering and procurement opportunities.
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Our aim in business is to take away the hassle of worrying about your business finances by providing you with a Bookkeeping Service which you can trust. If you are not happy with the service you are given we offer a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Whether you are a new or established small business, it is highly important to keep expenses to a minimum. Profits will happen eventually but often not within the first few months of opening. Some business owners will try to cut costs by not hiring a bookkeeper. Instead they will get admin staff to manage their financial records. Although expenses are reduced in the short term this could be a mistake. Off-the-shelf accounting software may be easy to buy but it isn’t necessarily easy to use – properly. By hiring A2B Bookkeeping Services you will avoid some mistakes listed below. 1. Invoicing Incorrectly Incorrect invoicing may entail a lot of extra time reconciling your products sold or services rendered, thus resulting in inability to collect from your customers on time. Also, if not done on time, invoicing can strain your cash flow. A2B Bookkeeping Services will ensure that invoices are correct and prepared in a timely manner. They can also monitor “aging of accounts” to make sure that receivables are collected from customers on time. 2. Unknowingly Missing Deadlines There are specific dates for filing your taxes and other requirements to the government. Missing a date, no matter how unintentional, can cost you penalties and other charges. With A2B Bookkeeping Services, the only thing that you have to worry about is getting all the pertinent information to them on time. They’ll take care of the rest. 3. Incorrectly Classifying Items for Taxation Purposes Tax laws are revised and updated periodically. What is classified as an item under a particular tax bracket or rule may change. A2B Bookkeeping Services are always abreast with the latest tax rules. They also have a clear understanding of items that may be tax deductible for your business. Trust A2B Bookkeeping Services and take advantage of their knowledge. In the long run you will save money and headaches. 4. Lack of Know-How in Using Accounting Software Inaccuracies in handling the accounting side of the business can potentially lead to more losses than you think – Not to mention government penalties. It sounds obvious, but accounting software works best if the correct data is inputted. What you put into the system, is proportionate to the output. A2B Bookkeeping Services understands this perfectly. The advantage for you as a client is that you don’t have to worry at the end of your fiscal year. Ensuring proper handling of your company’s bookkeeping needs is paramount to your business success. Don't delay, call TODAY.
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Liverpool City Council's website has a section dedicated to business support. Coronavirus - support for businesses and employers: Measures to help businesses - business rates discounts, loan schemes, cash grants, ‘time to pay’ tax arrangements and more. Pay an invoice: Pay an invoice to the council using our secure e-payments system. Business information service: A host of information and research resources from our specialist unit based at Central Library. Payroll and Pension Service: Whether you're a local authority or school, our highly skilled and accredited team provide a fully compliant and secure end to end payroll and pension service. Health and safety: You must ensure that your business meets the necessary health and safety standards and procedures. Advertise your business: Advertise your business in Liverpool by using space on selected roundabouts or on our citybike fleet and stations. Business Growth Programme: Support for existing businesses who have the potential to grow and create jobs. Liverpool Chamber of Commerce: The voice of Liverpool's business community locally, nationally and around the world. Business continuity: What would happen if your business suffered a major interruption? Are you prepared? Brexit - Support for businesses: A regional Brexit Council has been set up to represent the private and public sectors across the city region. Filming in Liverpool: Application process. location database and how to register your property for film use.
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LLN is a not-for-profit business network for professional women working within Liverpool and the City Region. We hold five lunches per year and our purpose is to provide a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment where like-minded women can meet new contacts, build new relationships and develop new business within Merseyside. As senior professionals and business owners our members are at the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant and thriving business community. LLN is ran by a voluntary committee of local female professionals committed to the economic development of our member’s businesses. We do not currently charge a membership fee; simply pay for the events you wish to attend.
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InvestSefton in Partnership with the Enterprise Hub offers Start Up support to Sefton residents All enquiries call Dom or Sharon on 0151 934 3452 or email investsefton@sefton.gov.uk Enterprise Hub is the enterprise gateway for business start-up support in Liverpool City Region. Offering expert advice and support to anyone who is thinking about starting a business
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DSG Chartered Accountants are on hand to help you through the start up process, offering advice on the right business structure for you, producing a business plan, applying for finance and well make sure you remain complaint with HM Revenue and Customs.
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iverpool Business Forum is a group of business owners that work together to develop relationships and leads for one another’s businesses. We consider ourselves to be Like a Business Family that is LBF. Collectively we are a powerful group that can lobby for more opportunities to work within the private and public sectors. We work collaboratively within a trusted environment and the local economy for the betterment of the forum and the local community. We recommend and develop business referrals based on trust and recommendations.
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BNI - The World's Leading Business Networking and Referral Organisation Come and Meet Us: The best way to find out about BNI is to visit a chapter. Click here to find out more about what to expect. Come and visit and see why BNI is the world's largest business networking and referral organisation. BNI Works : Last year the members of BNI UK reported income in excess of £521 million in new business! Globally, the 270,000 members of BNI passed over 12.2 million referrals which resulted in more than $16.7 billion in business. Givers Gain: Givers Gain is the core principle of BNI and is lived throughout the membership.
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LMNts Marketing is a full service digital marketing agency in the heart of Cheshire, right between Liverpool and Manchester. Our superpower is that we take our time to understand your business and your goals so we can find the right lead generation methods. We offer an exclusive service called “Marketing SWOT”, which is great for startups. A marketing SWOT gives you a 360 overview of your market, customer behaviour and preferences, as well as your competition. We come up with suggestions on how to enter a market or improve your marketing strategy. Our services include: ● Website design ● Copywriting and content management ● Social media marketing ● Search engine optimisation ● Lead generation and sales funnel development ● Marketing strategy development ● Paid Facebook ads management ● YouTube channel management ● LinkedIn lead generation ● In house marketing training ● Marketing coaching for business owners In the past few years, our marketing agency got all-round 5-star reviews on Clutch, DesignRush, Google My Business, Facebook, and other directories. We have also picked up a B2B award from Clutch and a Best Digital Marketing Agencies UK award from DesignRush this year. Get in touch to arrange a chat with one of our startup specialists.
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Nurturing talent and empowering entrepreneurs Since launching in 2003, we've helped kick-start more than 300 businesses. Are you curious to find out more about starting up your own business? Perhaps you have an idea that you want to explore – or maybe you’re ready to launch your venture right now? Whatever stage of the process you’re at, the Centre for Entrepreneurship is here to support you. If you are a current LJMU student or a recent LJMU graduate (within the last five years) looking to start your own business, become self-employed or work as a freelancer – then LJMU’s Centre for Entrepreneurship is the place to make it happen. We’re a dedicated team of enterprise professionals with a wide range of work-based and start-up experience, committed to helping you explore and develop your ideas, turning them into reality.
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Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce exists to create business. We commit that we will develop and grow more than 60 businesses every year through Spark Up, our private-sector funded accelerator programme for entrepreneurs Address: Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce ,Number One Old Hall Street,Liverpool,L3 9HG
FSB Merseyside, West Cheshire & Wigan 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: Phil McCabe Development Manager Phil.McCabe@fsb.org.uk
FREE Training and Support for Parents into Self-Employment. A combination of workshops, online and remote support, digital and paper based training, with access to an experience business adviser; trainer. Helping parents make their dream of self-employment come true. On completion of your training you will have: Two fully funded and industry recognised qualifications: SFEDI A comprehensive business plan Social media platform for promotion and selling of your product or service Get in touch today and we will arrange a meeting to see how best to support you and your business idea, check your eligibility and get you started. What are you waiting for!
Business support and advice. This page on the Liverpool Ciyty Council's website contains details of a number of organisations and services are on hand to help you start or grow your business.
Based on the first floor of Central Library, the Business and Intellectual Property Centre can support you if you're looking to start or grow your business. From taking those first steps to successfully launching and developing a business, you will find people and business resources here to help you.
If you have a great idea for a new business, The Women’s Organisation is here to help. Everyone’s journey is different, from the exciting light bulb moment of initial inspiration, to the many milestones along the way towards actually starting your own business. We can help you with a bespoke plan to suit your personal circumstances and experience, which will give your new business the very best chance of success. So talk to us today about your big idea, and let’s get your business ball rolling.
The Liverpool City Region LEP is Liverpool City Region’s primary economic development company, and the most innovative of its kind in the country.
We help businesses in Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral overcome the challenges involved and identify opportunities, because to build and maintain a successful local economy, we need successful local businesses. We can identify the right guidance, support and funding for your business. We can help you with everything from strategy to sales, production and exporting. We’re here to help you grow your business.
Liverpool in Work can give limited information regarding employment legislation, but would recommend that you look at the information available on the websites listed on their site (follow link).
Blue Orchid has extensive experience of delivering business start-up programmes across the UK. Our programmes include not only the general start-up advice essential for all entrepreneurs, but also in-depth training on key business issues for high growth start-ups and young businesses. Our experience in delivering start-up support as lead accountable body, delivery partner and sub-contractor has also allowed us to develop a tried and tested implementation process. This ensures that we can not only provide a rapid roll-out of support services but can do so using processes and procedures that are compliant with the most stringent monitoring and audit requirements including ERDF/ESF compliance.
Inside LAB there is a versatile event space where Members can attend monthly talks, workshops, networking socials and community events which attract individuals from across Liverpool’s tech, digital and creative industries. LAB Members can attend free of charge and take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with peers, network and gain new skills.
If you are looking to start up a new business and you would like support and guidance, you can contact Jak Devlin, St Helens Chamber of Commerce, by calling 01744 742096, or by emailing jak.devlin@sthelenschamber.com.
Starting and running your own business can be an exciting, rewarding, experience, but it can also be daunting and hard work, especially if you go it alone. Whoever you are in St Helens we are here to help, with a special start up team on hand - all experts in their own fields. We have the expertise and funding to help you to be anything you want to be. We have already helped over 1,000 people to realise their dreams by becoming their own boss; including a best-selling author; a beauty therapist and a landscape gardener.
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