Start Your Own Business in Wales

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

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

Wales Locations

Bridgend  |  Caerphilly  |  Cardiff  |  Carmarthenshire  |  Ceredigion  |  Conwy  |  Denbighshire  |  Flintshire  |  Gwynedd  |  Isle Of Anglesey  |  Mid-Wales  |  Monmouthshire  |  Neath-Port-Talbot  |  Newport  |  North-Wales  |  Pembrokeshire  |  Powys  |  Rhondda-Cyon-Taff  |  South-Wales  |  Swansea  |  Torfaen  |  Vale Of Glamorgan  |  Wrexham  | 

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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Wales Local Contacts

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

Development Bank of Wales

The Development Bank of Wales helps businesses get the capital they need to start up, strengthen and grow. There’s funding available for businesses at every growth stage. If you’re eligible and ready for investment, you have lots of options. Finance ranges from £1,000 up to £5 million with both loans and equity available. And you can repay the money over periods of up to 10 years, giving you the time and space you need to reach your potential. Over the next five years, the Bank will invest over £400 million. It will also treble the availability of micro finance. When private sector investment and the funding available to homebuyers through Help To Buy – Wales is taken into account, the Bank is aiming to have a billion-pound impact on the Welsh economy. Welsh translation: Ychydig amdanom ni Mae Banc Datblygu Cymru yma i helpu busnesau i gael y cyfalaf sydd arnynt ei angen er mwyn gallu dechrau, cryfhau ac ehangu. Gyda chefnogaeth Llywodraeth Cymru, bydd y Banc Datblygu yn buddsoddi dros £400 miliwn mewn busnesau yng Nghymru yn ystod y pum mlynedd nesaf. Wrth ystyried buddsoddiadau yn y sector preifat a’r cyllid sydd ar gael i brynwyr tai drwy gynllun Cymorth i Brynu - Cymru, bydd y Banc Datblygu yn cael effaith gwerth biliwn o bunnoedd ar economi Cymru. Mae ein neges i fusnesau yng Nghymru yn syml: cysylltwch â ni. Rydym eisiau eich helpu i gael y buddsoddiad a’r cymorth sydd eu hangen arnoch i lwyddo. Pan fydd eich busnes yn ffynnu, bydd Cymru yn ffynnu. Ewch i bancdatblygu.cymru i ddarganfod mwy.

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.

Business in Focus
Business in Focus's mission is to help new business start ups and established businesses to succeed through providing an extensive range of expert and practical business support services that are either totally subsidised, part subsidised or paid for by the client. These services include business mentoring, financing business growth, business consultancy, business training and business accommodation. 01656 724 414

Creativepulp
At Creativepulp you won't find any business waffle. No power dressing. And even less pretending. What you will find is over 12 years of honest creative know-how, working for a range of clients from the smallest of start-ups to the bigger blue chip brands, with the experience and skills to help develop exceptional solutions and winning ideas 01978 856585

Denbighshire Enterprise Agency
STARTING A NEW BUSINESS? Then let the team at Denbighshire Enterprise Agency help you get started. We are able to provide FREE advice, support and training to give you the best chance of success. We provide impartial advice through the Welsh Development Agency's New Business Starts Programme. 01824 705782

FSB North Wales & Chester
FSB North Wales & Chester 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: Mike Learmond Development Manager mike.learmond@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

FSB South Wales
FSB South Wales 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: Neil Blockley Development Manager Neil.Blockley@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

kps Businesshelpline
We provide advice on UK and export sales & marketing and business management to Start -Ups. We help to develop new and existing business profitably. We can also introduce new businesses to exporting and advise on the potential benefits and the potential pitfalls. 07707 471545

South Wales Chamber of Commerce
The South Wales Chamber of Commerce is a modern, innovative, membership-based business support organisation run by local businesses, for local businesses. We are a local, independent, not-for-profit company, funded by member subscriptions and a long-standing part of a network of national Chambers, quality-accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). Address: South Wales Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Way, Newport, NP20 2AQ 01633 222664

Start-Up Wales
Start-Up Wales provides both useful and practical information on starting a new business in Wales. Start-up Wales is focused towards those people who are setting up a business for the first time and those with existing operations who are looking for fresh ideas on how to expand their services and reach an increased proportion of the Welsh marketplace.

Venture Wales
Venture Wales is the leading business support organisation in the country. We have an unmatched record in achieving success for SME's and entrepreneurs alike, providing assistance and advice to over 1000 different companies every year. With access to one of the best support networks in Wales, and a variety of start up programmes and consultancy schemes aimed at improving performance, we specialise in helping businesses overcome challenges and to realise their full potential. 0845 0453 150

Venture Wales
Venture Wales is the leading business support organisation in the country. We have an unmatched record in achieving success for SME's and entrepreneurs alike, providing assistance and advice to over 1000 different companies every year. With access to one of the best support networks in Wales, and a variety of start up programmes and consultancy schemes aimed at improving performance, we specialise in helping businesses overcome challenges and to realise their full potential. 0845 0453 150

Welsh Government - Business and Economy
The Welsh Government's vision for economic renewal is of a Welsh economy built upon the strengths and skills of its people and natural environment; recognised at home and abroad as confident, creative and ambitious; a great place to live and work. 03000 6 03000

West Cheshire & N Wales Chamber of Commerce
West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce is the leading organisation representing the business community across the whole of West Cheshire and North Wales. As an independent, not for profit organisation, our objectives remain clear: to promote and encourage business for our members and others regionally, nationally and internationally to improve commercial growth and prosperity. Address: West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce, Riverside Innovation Centre, Castle Drive, Chester, CH1 1SL 01244 669988


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