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Start Your Own Business in Staffordshire

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.

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

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

Starting a business in Staffordshire

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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 Staffordshire.

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

Starting a business in Staffordshire
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Key Contacts in Staffordshire

The Local SEO Specialists
Helping businesses grow is at the heart of The Local SEO Specialists. Through our digital marketing expertise, we help brands and businesses get their name out, boost their website traffic and convert leads to sales. No matter what industry you are in or what phase your business is in, if you are looking for a digital marketing agency who can help you dominate Google, we are the guys to approach. We are committed to creating genuine partnerships. We take time to learn our clients’ goals for this year and the following years – and take on those goals as our own.
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Moore's Accountancy
Moore's Accountancy have been an ongoing concern in Stoke on Trent since 1997 and we pride ourselves in helping small businesses at every stage of their business especially at testing times. We operate nationally but have our core in Staffordshire, serving local SMEs with local knowledge, PLC experience and a value for money approach. We believe that we have to understand the needs of the client before we can supply the solutions. As well as providing traditional compliance services we offer business plan production, cash flow and performance management services. As a small chartered accountants with PLC experience we can respond to your needs. * We will summarize terms and conditions in a letter of engagement, put your expectations in writing and describe and deliver the level of service you require. * We encourage regular Communication so schedule weekly, monthly or quarterly meetings to review your firms performance, helping you to plan for the future. * Give advice and guidance on keeping user-friendly records. * Give a full breakdown of our charges and services. Work is based on a fixed fee quoted in advance.
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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
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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
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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,
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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