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Start Your Own Business in Somerset

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

Welcome

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

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

Starting a business in Somerset

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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 Somerset.

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

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Key Contacts in Somerset

FSB Somerset & Wiltshire
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the UK’s leading business campaigner. As experts in business , they offer a range of services as part of membership and a powerful voice in government for the small business community. On a local basis they run regular events open to both members and non-members to provide support to grow and develop whatever stage you are at and an opportunity to meet your wider business community. Information on local events can be found here: https://www.fsb.org.uk/regions/south-west/events
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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 Somersets 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
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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.
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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.
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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