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Start Your Own Business in Ripon

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


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

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

Starting a business in Ripon

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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 Ripon.


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 Ripon

Wattsford Commercial Finance
Wattsford Commercial Finance is an Independent Specialist Consultancy, providing Commercial Finance and Business support to clients throughout the whole of the UK who wish to access finance and funding to grow their business. Whether your business is well established or a new start we can help you with Commercial Mortgages, Property Development Finance, Business Loans,Short Term ‘Bridging’ Finance, Factoring, Equipment Leasing and advice on Grant Funding and how to secure funds via the Government Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFGS). Wattsford Commercial Finance are genuinely independent, wholly impartial and offer straightforward honest advice, given freely and without obligation. Through our established Lender Partner Network we manage senior level relationships with over 250 alternative lenders’ and offer our clients a true whole of market proposition. Our lending and funding partners rely on us to introduce new and well qualified business opportunities for underwriting approval. These include High Street Banks, Merchant and Challenger Banks, Private Funding Groups, Investment Trusts and high net worth Personal Investors who are all keen to lend on the right proposition. When your own Bank has been unable to offer the finance or at the terms you need, then Contact Us. We will quickly assess all the available options for you and do everything possible to find a workable and affordable business solution, tailored for your business. Time and again we prove to our clients that we can secure funding where others fail and in the majority of cases our advice and support will save you significant amounts of money over the course of the loan. The vast majority of specialist lenders in the current marketplace only accept qualified and packaged mortgage and loan proposals from Specialist Brokers who are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority such as ourselves.
Liam Pedley Design
Expert web design and results-driven digital marketing across Yorkshire. Expand your online audience through responsive website design, content marketing, SEO, PPC and digital design. All tailored to your business and delivered through an honest and personal service.
HarryAdney Internet Services
Reliable, professional and affordable web design, hosting and domain name registration. We have a package to suit every budget - if nothing seems to fit, just get in touch and well build a personalised package just for you! Our infrastructure uses fast SSD to make your website display faster on Dell and Cisco hardware. 99.99% Uptime Dell & CISCO Hardware OnApp Cloud-Powered UK Hosted servers Daily Backups Firewall Security Protection SSD-Powered Packages from
Supporting companies to fulfil any aspect of business promotion, Graeme Powell Marketing (GPM), can fulfil any marketing need, large or small. GPM has an acknowledged reputation for providing a cost-effective route to professional marketing and assisting any size of business to promote their products and services - to build their brands and create sales growth. Our services include: - Marketing strategy - PR & content copywriting - Website design & build - Search engine optimisation (SEO) - Graphic Design (for adverts, brochures, binders, flyers, posters, stationery, etc) - Printing - Studio & On Location Photography - eNews design and eMailing - Pop-up, vertical banner, and exhibition stands - Promotional giveaways For further information on GPMs comprehensive range of marketing services, please contact us to discuss your needs supply a competitive quote.
Business Starts North East and Yorkshire
Business Starts provide a well-qualified and accredited business advisor to business owners who want to start, grow, access funding, manage projects and plan for success. Some of our programmes are government backed and structured, others are independent, flexible and tailored to you. Business Starts will not only help you access funding but will help you use and manage if for the best interests for your business. Based in Birtley and Northallerton, we work with local clients across the North East and North Yorkshire, including Durham, Darlington, Northallerton, Hartlepool, Peterlee, Saltburn, Redcar, Thirsk, Bedale, Catterick and Harrogate. We also work on government funded programmes across England, Scotland and Wales.
Network 15
Quite simply, Network 15 was established with the goal of providing an informal and relaxing environment for any Ripon (& surrounding area) based business people to meet, and do business with other like-minded business people. To add a little variety, different event locations around Ripon are used, with the next venue being confirmed by pre-event email (please subscribe to the Network 15 eNewsletter to sign-up to our distribution list). Each informal Network 15 networking event takes place from 6pm - 8pm and includes a brief Get to know you 60-second round-robin introductions. They also include a free to enter business card prize draw, and at most events, we organize a fun competition, for all to take part in. These range from quizzes, through to darts matches and even golf putting competitions! Were always open to ideas for event competitions. Network 15 also holds Host-a-night events, where a business opts to host the event at their premises, with the opportunity to promote their products or services. This event format allows any Business Member to host and welcome the Network 15 group, and give a 10-minute presentation about their organisation. Hosts often organise an informal competition based on their business and provide special prizes for the winners. Food and drink is available at most of our event venues, so our attendees can relax and recharge after a hard days work. Visit our website at for event details.
Inglis Chartered Accountants
Inglis Chartered Accountants are a proactive, professional and practical firm of accountants based in York. We specialise in taking the pain of numbers away.
Harrogate Business Advisors
Harrogate Business Advisors aim is to help small to medium size companies to increase their sales and increase their profit. They are among the best at what they do - being a friend and trusted advisor, working side by side with business owners. They can provide all the hlpe you need to start your own business.
First Aid & Safety Training
First Aid and Safety Training provides high quality and regulated First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and Health & Safety Training Courses at your place of work or an external venue. With over 20 years experience in education and training, we deliver regulated courses to HSE standards in First Aid, Mental Health and Health & Safety, including mini Medics for children. First Aid and Safety Training offers a comprehensive catalogue of qualifications, which are accredited by OFQUAL and regulated by First Aid Awards Ltd (FAA) or we can tailor bespoke training courses to suit your specific requirements or environment. We pride in delivering high quality training in a professional and supportive environment. We are passionate about these courses and the impact that an awareness of these subjects can have upon people in their everyday lives.
Gritstone Computers
We are here to help you see IT clearly. By providing a proactive friendly service from computer repairs, computer support & PC repairs to full IT support, we enable you to get what you want. We believe in real solutions for real people. Using a combination of personal visits, remote management and telephone advice, we can seek out problems before they occur. Whether you are a home user with a small technical problem such as a computer repair or a business with a large network to support requiring high level IT support, we can provide the technical solutions, and peace of mind to let you get on with your life, with equipment that works for you and not against you. We are on hand to provide local IT support, PC repairs, computer support & network support to homes and businesses whatever time of the day or night, at affordable rates.
Harrogate Business Advisors
We differ vastly from other business consultants. We roll up our sleeves and work alongside you. We put skin in the game and our reputation on the line. We have walked in your shoes. We know what it is like to head up a small business in these tough times. We dont just recommend a course of action, we help make it happen and we have a strong history of success.
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