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Start Your Own Business in Merseyside

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


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

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

Starting a business in Merseyside

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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 Merseyside.


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 Merseyside

One Economy
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.
Oakes Accounting
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.
A2B Bookkeeping Services
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.
DSG Chartered Accountants
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.
Cosey Homes
Cosey Homes are an established firm of Chartered Surveyors for residential and commercial property across the UK. Our building expertise, independent judgement and quality of reporting will help you get the most out of your domestic or commercial property investment. Contact us today.
Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce
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
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
PeoplePlus Enterprise
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!
Liverpool City Council Business Support and Advice
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.
Liverpool Business and Intellectual Property Centre
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.
The Women’s Organisation
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.
Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
The Liverpool City Region LEP is Liverpool City Region’s primary economic development company, and the most innovative of its kind in the country.
Local Growth Hub
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
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
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.
Liverpool Chamber Start-Up Support
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
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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.

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