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Start Your Own Business in Sheffield

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


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

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

Starting a business in Sheffield

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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 Sheffield
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 Sheffield.


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 Sheffield

Number Crunchers (Sheffield) Ltd
People often associate accountancy with fear, stress and confusing jargon. With all the pressures of running a business the last thing you need is more hassle. At Number Crunchers we remove your accounting and bookkeeping headaches, leaving you free to concentrate on your daily business needs. We are friendly, approachable and always here to help. We have been crunching numbers for over 24 years and have a real understanding of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire businesses. We are proud to say that some of our clients have actually been with us for all that time! We look forward to helping your business.
Avant Digital
Avant Digital is a full-service web design and digital marketing agency in Sheffield. We specialise in the small to medium business sector, taking care of all aspects of design and branding, in addition to digital marketing and promotion. We build beautiful, bespoke websites that generate fantastic results to allow you to be your digital best. Our design team have experience in building websites across all platforms, including WordPress websites, Magneto e-commerce websites, Shopify and we also have a team of developers to build a custom website with specific coding requirements. Our integrated digital marketing approach will drive growth, increase your website’s organic traffic and boost your sales. Our SEO team will develop an SEO strategy by running a detailed website audit and then work to a monthly SEO work schedule to include, technical SEO, onsite and offsite SEO, improving backlinks, creating new website content and regular blog posts. Our experienced PCC campaign experts will improve your leads and sales through pay per click campaigns across Google AdWords, Microsoft ads (Bing Ads) and Facebook Sponsored Ads. So, if you are an eCommerce business or a service provider, our expert PPC team have tried & tested Ad Strategies to provide impressive results quickly.
Sheffield City Council Business
Sheffield City Council's website contains a page dedicated to local business. If you a run a business in the area are thinking about starting a new business do have a look as there is masses of useful information. 1 Union Street, Howden House, Sheffield S1 2SH
Starting a business in Sheffield
Startups is a long-established web portal dedicated to helping new business owners. It contains a section dedicated to Sheffield along with lots of other useful information.
Sheffield City Region Growth Hub
Are you thinking of setting up a business? Or already taking the first steps with your own company? Wherever you are on the journey to being a successful entrepreneur, Sheffield City Region Growth Hub can help you. To make that happen the Growth Hub is working with a range of organisations and individuals to encourage entrepreneurship and provide important support for Start-Up businesses whilst enabling early stage businesses to be sustainable longer term and to grow.
Startup Support in...Sheffield
Sheffield based early-stage startups and entrepreneurs take note - here's the lowdown on key startup support and help available where you are... Away from the established startup hubs like London, the support for setting up a business isn’t always so clear. It’s not a lack of support, just a quieter ecosystem that takes a little more work to unearth. We want to help with this by highlighting what some cities, which might not spring immediately to mind at the mention of ‘startups’, have to offer.
Sheffield City Region
The Sheffield City Region is ambitious. We are seeking to transform our economy, to connect our businesses and people to economic opportunity, to build a stronger, greener and fairer economy, and to strengthen our reputation as a place where people want to live, work and invest. Sheffield City Region, 11 Broad Street West, Sheffield S1 2BQ
Cannon PR
Cannon PR are a results drive PR company, based in Rotherham and helping business throughout the UK
Starting and Growing Your Business in Sheffield
Business Sheffield offer a comprehensive service designed to help businesses thrive and grow, whether they be start-up or established. From a series of start-up sessions aimed at those thinking of going into business, through to a suite of workshops covering topics as diverse as digital marketing (inc websites, social media etc) selling on Amazon, terms and conditions, employing people for the first time, selling face to face, telephone selling and more, our sole aim is to help you develop a successful business. We also offer on going one-to-one support from highly experienced and knowledgeable advisors, as well as the possibility of an appointment with a commercial lawyer or accountant if you have a particular problem or query. There is no charge for any of the services we offer If you are looking to start a business, become self-employed or already have a business operating in the city that you want to grow, Business Sheffield are here to help you. Email or call us at 01142 245000.
Business Sheffield
Business Sheffield wants to help business thrive in Sheffield. Whether you are looking to establish your own company, an established company who is looking to expand, or a company who is looking at investing in Sheffield, we are here to help. To find out more about the range of support that is available to businesses, phone 0114 224 5000 to speak to a member of our Business Gateway team.
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation that provides business support. We sit at the heart of the Sheffield business community sharing opportunities, knowledge and know-how with our members. Address: Albion House, Saville Street, Sheffield, S4 7UD
Sheffield Enterprise Agency
Our professional range of services includes ongoing one-to-one counselling sessions with accredited business advisors, a business skills training course, tailored practical workshops and seminars and two years continued aftercare for your new business. All this is free of charge to anyone living in Sheffield or setting up a business in the Sheffield area.
Irwin Mitchell Sheffield
Irwin Mitchell has a wide array of legal offices across the country; one of these offices is in Sheffield, England. This office serves a number of geographical areas including not only the City of Sheffield but also South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell practices collaborative law. The family team members at the Sheffield office number 16 while the resolution members number 14. There are a variety of types of law practiced by Irwin Mitchells Sheffield office. These include pension cases, probate law, personal injury, conveyancing and litigation. Also practiced here would be property, commercial, employment, insurance and regulatory law. The legal team at Irwin Mitchells Sheffield office can provide advice on cases whether they are national or international cases. They have provided legal representation for a variety of high profile candidates too. The office here is also well known for their services in dealing with divorce. Divorce is a very stressful time for those involved and Irwin Mitchell understands that in these situations, most couples want the matter handled deftly and quickly. These situations also involve dealing with financial matters as well, so Irwin Mitchells Sheffield office has financial advisors on retainer that help provide consultation in regards to the financial consequences of divorce. The Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell also provides other areas of assistance in relation to divorce including asset protection. Many divorces also involve children so they are qualified to provide legal advice regarding custodial matters. In some marriages pre-nuptial agreements were made prior to the marriage, Irwin Mitchells lawyers can help in these situations too.
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