Start Your Own Business in Staffordshire

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

Start Your Own Business in Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire who would love to help you.

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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Staffordshire Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Staffordshire 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.

Blue Orchid
Blue Orchid is one of the largest providers of FREE Business Start Up and Growth Support in the UK. Whether you're looking to start your first business or want to boost an existing venture we're here to help you plan, launch and grow. 0161 485 4949

Business Enterprise Support Limited
Our mission is to provide dynamic support which nurtures people's enterprising aspirations, skills and talents, to create sustainable futures that grow tomorrow's economy. 01283 537151

Business Enterprise Support Ltd,
Working for yourself can be very rewarding. To enable you to plan and develop your idea we have a free step by step programme of support to help you. Business Ideas Workshops, Self Employment Awareness Workshops, Dedicated Workshops, Mentoring. In addition to the above, Enterprise Coaches are available in some areas to give intensive support to guide you through the start up process. 0800 458 8797

Business Initiative
Business Initiative is part of a national consortium of Enterprise Agencies providing FREE advice for those wishing to go into business on their own or to assist existing businesses who may wish to expand or are experiencing problems. 01782 202 222

FSB Staffordshire & West Midlands
FSB Staffordshire & West Midlands 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: Karen Woolley Development Manager Karen.Woolley@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
GBSLEP is a partnership of businesses, local authorities and universities which supports private-sector growth and job creation. Its role is to create a globally-competitive knowledge economy, ensuring the area is recognised as Europe's natural home for entrepreneurs and wealth creators. 0121 303 4369

Oaktree Business Support Ltd
Supporting post-start businesses in their first 2 years of trading is an area that I specialise in and having started my own successful businesses I understand the highs and lows of running your own business. If you have already started your business and experienced the thrill and challenge of getting the whole thing off the ground you may now be at a situation where you think where do I go next ? How can I grow my business ? Why are my competitors doing better than me ? Where are the opportunities coming from next ? How can I access grants that I hear about ? Where can I find suitable staff ? Lots and lots of areas that plague any business owner. Im here to offer 3 hours fully funded business support. There is no cost to you or the business. I will sit down with you and look at your business, review the strengths, look at the weaknesses, see where the opportunities lie, look at the threats. Please view my website and read some of my clients testimonials and dont hesitate to contact me. Our small to medium enterprises are the back bone to industry in the UK and we have to keep supporting them, 07926 045391

Sandwell Women's Enterprise Development Agency
Sandwell Women's Enterprise Development Agency [SWEDA] is a unique agency which has been successfully providing services to the community for the past 15 years. SWEDA exists to encourage enterprise, provide career guidance and business advice and promote the personal and professional development of people in the West Midlands. 0121 525 2558

Stafford Enterprise
Stafford Enterprise was set up in 1987 and is part of a consortium of Enterprise Agencies providing FREE and CONFIDENTIAL advice for those wishing to go into business and we are also able to support small businesses for the first 12 months. This is not a one off as clients are able to see us several times both before setting up and after starting their business. 01785 257 057

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce & Industry
The Chamber has been in existence for over 200 years - the first association was established in 1813 and became incorporated in 1949. It was borne out of a desire from businesses to meet and trade together. For there to be an organisation to represent the interest of commerce and industry and to ensure that there was a voice for business. There has also been a need for an organisation to deliver services to help businesses to start, grow and succeed. Address: Festival Park, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5BE 01782 202 222

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce & Industry
Our exclusive events programme creates numerous opportunities to network with local businesses, whilst our independent lobbying group campaigns regionally, nationally and internationally on behalf of member's interests. 01782 202222

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The aim of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP is to create a powerful partnership combining the strengths of the public and private sectors to deliver the scale of growth needed to rebalance the local economy. The focus is on enterprise and innovation with the aim to unlock the potential of the private sector to create employment and wealth and begin growing, restructuring or sustaining the local economy. Creating the right environment in which businesses can invest and grow will be central to the success of the partnership. The scope of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP includes economic development, skills, planning, housing, transport, tourism and the transition to the low-carbon economy. 0300 111 8002

Total IT Services
Total IT Services Lichfield provides IT help and support for all sizes of business, we are a local and reliable business with many years experience. We can help you to create your business IT infrastructure and ensure that as you grow it grows with you. We are Microsoft qualified engineers and also certified small business specialists. 01543 898183


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