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Start Your Own Business in Northern Ireland

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

Welcome

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

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

Starting a business in Northern Ireland

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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 Northern Ireland.

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 Northern Ireland
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Key Contacts in Northern Ireland

Enterprise Northern Ireland
If you are at start-up stage - which can extend from having a busines idea right through to £50k turnover and/or trading for less than 2 years - we have a range of suppport and advice services to get you started or helped into the growth and acceleration stage. Enterprise Northern Ireland manages the Exploring Enterprise 3 Programme, and are delivering the business start-up programme in many Council areas. Both programmes help those with a business idea take the first step - you can find further information on them in this section. We are also the representative body for the network of Local Enterprise Agencies, all of which offer quality business accommodation and advice services. So if you're not sure where or how to start, or you want to connect locally with your nearest Local Enterprise Agency, either click here or visit the blue navigation above to find out what's happening in your local council area ... and then we'd advise you make an appointment, pop by and have a look for yourself!
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Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) is an award winning, quality assured, customer focused membership organisation with over 230 years commitment to the Northern Ireland economy. It is a well-known network for business with a membership of 1,200 businesses representing over 100,000 employees. Address: 4-5 Donegall Square South , Belfast , BT1 5JA
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FSB Northern Ireland
FSB Northern Ireland 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: Mairaid McMahon Development Manager Mairaid.McMahon@fsb.org.uk
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Causeway Enterprise Agency
Causeway Enterprise Agency Limited (CEA) is an independent, business support organisation dedicated to building a strong and sustainable local economy by helping both new and established small businesses in the Coleraine area to maximise their potential.
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NI Business Info
nibusinessinfo.co.uk is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland. nibusinessinfo.co.uk, a free service offered by Invest Northern Ireland, is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland. It contains essential information, support and services for you and your business
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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