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How to Start a Business in Shropshire

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

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How to Start a Business in Shropshire

Starting a business in Shropshire

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

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

Starting a business in Shropshire

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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Free Startup Guide

Start Your Own Business in Shropshire
Download the 2022 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy to read way.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.

This guide explains the key start-up subjects in simple English.

There is also plenty of help available in the area and much of it is free - please do make the most of it.

Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.
Starting a business in Shropshire

Key Contacts in Shropshire

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.

Shropshire is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.

Mentoring

ICON
ICON works with entrepreneurs to startup their businesses and with established businesses who want to achieve growth. Helping CEOs, Independent Business Owners and Senior Executives, to shape and set their business strategy, ICON also provide business planning and leadership coaching services. Where required, ICON will facilitate finance for growth from grant funders, crowd funding and challenger lenders. Our services cover: - Company Formation - Business Planning and Strategy Planning - Leadership Coaching - Access To Finance - Access To Grant Funding - Access To Merchant Services - Business Analysis and Business Process Improvement - IT Strategy - Employee Engagement ICON - Your Business Growth Professionals.
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Networking

Severn Business Network
Business networking in Shropshire. We're a group of individuals representing local businesses throughout Shrewsbury, Telford and Shropshire. While we're all seriously-minded about our businesses, and members of this group primarily to generate opportunities, we're also a perfectly normal bunch who enjoy each others company in a social environment too - often taking part in some great fund raising events or just heading out for a jolly!
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Networking

Shropshire Chamber
Dedicated to sharing opportunities, knowledge and expertise, Shropshire Chamber is a dynamic member-led organisation that is firmly committed to positively impacting the local economy, and supports a network of more than 750 county-based businesses, strengthening their position in the region, ensuring their voices are heard, and providing useful connections and valuable access to new ideas and innovations. Telford: Trevithick House, Stafford Park 4, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 3BA.Shrewsbury: Chamber House, 5 Henry Close, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 3TJ
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Advice

Enterprise Telford
Telford offers businesses fast, responsive and bespoke solutions to help you achieve your business goals. With high quality, ready-to-go land thats cost effective in a central location; multi-million pound investment in infrastructure, workforce and tailored business support its an unrivaled place for doing business.
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Web design

Stretton Internet
Stretton Internet is an established web design company that offers a range of affordable web design services to any individual, organisation or business. Our reputation has been built by consistently producing sites that are attractive, excellent from a technical perspective and affordable for individuals, organisations and businesses. We will produce an effective website design package that is ideal for you. Whether you are an individual needing a basic website of a few pages, or a business requiring an effective marketing tool, Stretton Internet has the experience to deliver, on time and on budget.
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Funding

Invest Shropshire
How can you access funding? In Shropshire we have a proactive approach to helping companies secure the right finance for their business. We would be delighted to hear from you so why not get in touch?Our team can offer a whole range of advice ranging from finance, to premises and from networking to education. Whatever the query, our dedicated team will try and help. You can get in touch either by calling us on +44 (0)1743 257777 or email us at invest@shropshire.gov.uk.
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Advice

Shropshire Council - Business support
Shropshire Council's website contains a section dedicated to helping local business whether you are trading already or starting up. It includes links to the services that they provide but also other useful business support organisations in the county.
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Advice

FSB
Federation of Small Businesses are experts in business. Formed in 1974, we are a non-profit making and non-political organisation whose member base covers the length and breadth of the UK. Our aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. We realise this aim by offering our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and powerful voice in government, influencing the decisions that affect their businesses.
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Marketing

Shropshire Business
Shropshire Business might be a great place to raise awareness of your new business. It is an editorially-led magazine and they are keen to hear from you, though 'the inclusion or articles or comment columns cannot be guaranteed and is always at the Editors discretion'!
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Advice

Good2Great
Free Start Up Support in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Free Start Up Masterclass - Your best first step...Small groups of likeminded people working togetherExperienced personal coaches to help you get startedNew intake every week start whenever youre readyFlexibility (Choose from Monday Evening, Wednesday or Saturday mornings)Open to any residents of Shropshire or Telford & Wrekin who want to start a businessFunded by Telford & Wrekin Council, Shropshire Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
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Advice

Marches Growth Hub
Offering face-to-face advice on business grants, loans and support available for Shropshire businesses regardless of size or sector, from pre-start to established businesses. The Marches Growth Hub, Shropshire is located at Battlefield Enterprise Park providing easy access to the M54/A49 with free car parking on-site. We are offering FREE virtual one-to-one business support meetings by appointment.You can contact the team by phone or email Monday to Friday between 10.00 16.00. Businesses based in the Shropshire Council area can access free online one-to-one sessions with our team of business specialists.
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Networking

FSB Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire
FSB Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire 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: Angela Fitch Development Manager Angela.Fitch@fsb.org.uk
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Networking

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
As dynamic, enthusiastic and passionate business professionals we are proud to be recognised as exemplars of excellence. We work in collaboration to support and empower each other and our business community, and are firmly committed to positively impacting our local economy. Patrons are - and will remain - a true Showcase for Shropshire. Address: Trevithick House, Stafford Park 4, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 3BA
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Advice

Shropshire Business Board
The Shropshire Business Board is a business-led, joint private and public sector Board. Its main purpose is to be responsible with Shropshire Council and partners for the joint delivery of the new Shropshire Economic Growth Strategy and to act as ambassadors for the County. The Board also provides challenge to the Council and will bring the voice of all businesses across Shropshire to the table to assist the Council to be as business friendly as possible.
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How to Start a Business

We have created a collection of 100s of startup 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 'articles' at: How to Start a Business