Start Your Own Business in Somerset

If you are starting a business in Somerset, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Somerset contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Free start-up pack

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

Start Your Own Business In 2018

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this Somerset section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in Somerset who would love to help you.

Somerset Locations Covered

Axbridge  |  Banwell  |  Bath  |  Bath & North East Somerset Council  |  Bridgwater  |  Bruton  |  Burnham-On-Sea  |  Castle Cary  |  Chard  |  Cheddar  |  Clevedon  |  Crewkerne  |  Dulverton  |  Frome  |  Glastonbury  |  Highbridge  |  Hinton St. George  |  Ilminster  |  Keynsham  |  Langport  |  Martock  |  Mendip District Council  |  Merriott  |  Midsomer Norton  |  Minehead  |  Montacute  |  Nailsea  |  North Somerset  |  Portishead  |  Radstock  |  Sedgemoor District Council  |  Shepton Mallet  |  Somerset  |  Somerton  |  South Petherton  |  South Somerset District Council  |  Stoke-Sub-Hamdon  |  Street  |  Taunton  |  Taunton Deane Borough Council  |  Templecombe  |  Watchet  |  Wedmore  |  Wellington  |  Wells  |  West Somerset  |  Weston-Super-Mare  |  Wincanton  |  Winscombe  |  Yeovil  | 

Free Local Resources

Local resources and contacts sorted by classification

Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.


  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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Somerset Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Somerset area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

4Networking

4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at www.4networking.biz (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: www.4networking.biz/events. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

BRAVE Enterprise
BRAVE Enterprise has helped thousands of entrepreneurs start and run successful and profitable businesses in Bristol.BRAVE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Bristol. 0117 944 5330

Business West
Business West is one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. 01275 373373

Business West Chambers of Commerce
We are one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK, representing and working with over 18,000 businesses across the South West. Address: Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, BS8 3RA 01275 373 373

Community Council for Somerset
The Community Council for Somerset is a charity and company limited by guarantee. We offer support and advice for individuals and groups wishing to set up a small business or social or community enterprise. We offer governance and legal structure advice, help with investment options and grant funding, business and financial planning and networking and promotion opportunities. 01823 331222

FSB Somerset & Wiltshire
FSB Somerset & Wiltshire 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: Nicola Bailey Development Manager Nicola.Bailey@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

Heart of the South West LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay to create a powerful economic alliance. Its objectives are to create new jobs, raise productivity levels and increase average wages. 01935 385977

North Somerset Enterprise Agency
Since 1987 the North Somerset Enterprise Agency has actively supported thousands of local businesses by offering them free advice, information and training services. We offer a wide range of support for those who are thinking about working for themselves and for those already running their own small or medium sized company. Accredited business advisors are available to provide one to one advice sessions on an ongoing basis both from our premises based on Oldmixon Crescent or at your own premises if you prefer. Our business information officers can provide you with up to date details of legislation affecting your business, events and training opportunities and have a wealth of local contacts to help you. We are also an access point for the government business support service Business Link. Contact us for further details on this service. 01934 418 118

North Somerset Enterprise Agency
There are times when every small business needs a steady pair of supporting hands. Whether your North Somerset based business is just starting out or developing and growing we are here to encourage and support you every step of the way. 01934 418118

Somerset Business Agency
SBA provides advice, guidance and support to individuals, micro and new start businesses and those businesses looking to grow. As well as supporting individuals to develop new skills and take career next steps. 01458 211 272

Somerset Chamber of Commerce
The Somerset Chamber is a membership-based business support organisation which promotes and lobbies for business development in Somerset. As a combined force, with Somerset's Town Chambers, we represent c.2,000 businesses across the diverse economy of Somerset. Address: Equity House, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Blackbrook Business Park, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2PX 01823 444924

Torbay Development Agency
As an award winning provider of business and property services the TDA makes a real difference to the lives of people living and working in the South West delivering innovative and practical programmes in areas including job and business creation. 01803 208 973

West of England LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The LEP aims to promote economic growth and prosperity in the West of England. It will play a key role in delivering 95,000 jobs in the area by 2030 and attracting at least 1billion of private sector investment over the next five years. The LEP will help put the West of England on the map nationally and internationally, raising the profile of the key high-growth sectors of aerospace; creative industries; environmental industries; silicon and microelectronics, and; tourism that are vital to the region's economy.The LEP will also encourage high-levels of new business start-ups and the growth of small businesses, help to create a skilled workforce that meets the needs of business, attract inward investment and develop and lobby for an infrastructure to help businesses thrive. 0117 903 6868


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