Start Your Own Business in West Midlands

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

Start Your Own Business in West Midlands 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 West Midlands 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 West Midlands 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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West Midlands Local Contacts

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

Beer & Young

Beer & Young is an award winning corporate finance business raising capital for UK based SMEs. Since 1998, we have been securing investment for business owners and entrepreneurs typically between £150,000 and £5 million, in equity and debt, where the enterprise value has been anywhere from £0 to £20 million. We achieve this largely through our mature network of over 700 investors mainly comprising HNW investors, coupled with some smaller family offices and corporate investors. On average we accept 50 clients a year, most of whom are trading businesses looking for growth capital, turnaround investment, or seeking a discreet acquisition or disposal. You can see a number of recent completion case studies on our website at www.beerandyoung.com. Our team has a wealth of experience in dealing with SMEs, and we are always happy to talk over any business issue or opportunity. We are a referral driven business, and likewise we refer clients where we can to professional contacts. In the first instance please contact Simon Donegan via email at simon.donegan@beerandyoung.com

Blue Sky Accountancy Services

As ICAEW accredited Chartered Accountants Blue Sky provide a wealth of knowledge that can benefit your business. We offer a comprehensive one-to-one accountancy service with the aim to help our clients minimise costs and free up valuable time Regardless of the economic climate it’s vital that every business keeps overheads to a minimum, that’s why we believe that by using our accounting, bookkeeping and payroll services your business could make significant savings on resources without losing efficiency. We offer clients a one-to-one service with someone they can get in touch with whenever they need them. In addition, our cloud-based systems enable clients to experience real-time accessibility and visibility of transactions. Our Accountancy Services are individually tailored to meet your specific requirements, therefore enabling businesses to enjoy the benefits of total accounting flexibility. We provide a complete range of services including sales, purchase and nominal ledger management, credit control, VAT returns, payroll management, management accounts and reporting, document archiving and administrative support. Administrative Support Read how Blue Sky has supported NPA 24:7 Bank Reconciliation Bookkeeping Corporation Tax Services Credit Control Fixed Monthly Accounting Payroll Management Accounts & Reporting Statutory Accounts VAT Returns Why Use Our Bookkeeping, Accounting & Payroll Services? Blue Sky Accountancy Services provides local companies with cost effective and efficient Accountancy Services for bookkeeping, accounting functions and payroll, designed to remove your financial administration worries and in turn leave you more time to look after your business. We ensure you are compliant in your Returns as well as advising on ways to save money through proper tax planning, record keeping and business planning. Our highly professional and experienced team are always up to date on the latest legislation and procedures. Blue Sky are ICAEW Chartered Accountants and Xero Certified Advisors Some of the benefits from using our Services include: Availability 52 weeks per year Eliminates employee liabilities & responsibilities Removes the need for sickness & holiday cover Prompt & accurate production of information Access and support from a fully qualified advisor Contact our friendly, professional and experienced advisors for a FREE no obligation review to discuss your requirements in more detail and to find out how we can help you.

Blue Sky Corporate Finance

Are you looking to raise finance for your business? Starting from a deep understanding of your business and personal objectives, we will raise the right issues, design the right structure and find the right financial backer for you. We can help you at any or all stages of the fund raising process; from the preparation of the investment proposal documents; the marketing of the investment opportunity; choosing the right investor(s) and where appropriate, the right structure of equity/debt; the negotiation of the deal terms and we can offer a range of post transaction services designed to fit your business needs. What can Blue Sky Corporate Finance do to help you? Firstly, we establish your business objectives and personal ambitions and then work out how much finance is required. We can provide assistance in the preparation of the Investment Proposal document (Business Plan), help you to determine the level/type of finance required, the most likely source of funding and the optimum tax structure for the funding options. Secondly, we can help you to find the right financial backer (or in most cases the right combination of backers) for you. Working on literally hundreds of deals has given us regular contact with banks and financial institutions, both high street and niche providers. We can help you with the introduction to the right finance provider(s) and we can help you to prepare your presentation to the prospective investor. We have considerable experience with:- Asset Backed Finance Bank Lending Business Angels and Business Angel Networks Crowdfunding Investments Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) Grants (Local, National and European) Matched Investment Funding Peer-to-Peer Lending Private Equity Investments R&D Tax Credit Applications Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) Trade Finance Venture/VCTs/Development Capital Thirdly, we ensure that whatever structure is created for the loan or investment, it supports both your business and long term aims. We work with you through the negotiation of deal terms and advise the management team on the legal, commercial and tax implications of the transaction.

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.

HTDL Ltd

WE'RE A LEADING DESIGN AGENCY IN BIRMINGHAM WARWICKSHIRE AND LONDON CREATING BRANDS, BUILDING WEBSITES AND TRANSFORMING BUSINESSES. We've been building brands, developing websites and implementing digital strategies helping clients achieve their goals since 1988. With offices in the heart of the UK and London as well as an international network, it’s what’s made us a top 10 design agency, the leading European design agency for some big international brands and also led to us being on the rosters for some other great blue chip clients. We're passionate about everything we do, we don't over promise; we let our work do the talking. We'll guide you on a branding or digital journey and if you let us, we'll tell you about some of amazing success stories where we've influenced amazing business transformations to record sales figures. We're an experienced design agency, digital agency, web agency and a creative agency all rolled into one.

No Half Pixels

No Half Pixel is a Freelance Graphic Design firm from the midlands, working out of Wombourne South Staffordshire. Lee Mason (the designer) studied Graphic Design and Visual Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University for a BA Hons Degree in 2009, and specialises in Print Design and Animation, but is increasingly adding Website designs and 3D animations to his portfolio. His clients range from local business to high end organisations like the Clothes Show Live, Activition (including Nintendo DS), and Nu Planet Media Records. Lee Mason works from home and is happy to work with clients locally or across the other side of the globe.

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.

TaxAssist Accountants

We take care of the time consuming paperwork and tax filing requirements so our clients can focus on their business. We also offer access to a whole range of financial and other services tailored specifically for the small business owner and Individuals needing to file tax returns or tax advice. Our clients tell us we are different from other Accountants and earn their trust by: 1. Providing fixed fees agreed in advance, so there are no nasty surprises 2. Meeting clients at a time and place of their convenience 3. Being proactive in looking for tax saving opportunities 4. Offering easy payment options to ease cash-flow We take pride in getting to know our clients and offer a complimentary initial consultation

Access to Business
Access to Business (A2B) is a Wolverhampton based charity who this year (2014) is celebrating 10-years of providing specialist support for local unemployed people who are looking to move into employment or self-employment. 01902 572 397

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is a modern and innovative business support organisation connecting businesses to opportunity. With a long history of providing specialist business support, the Chamber assists customers in starting up a business and achieving sustainable self-employment. A team of dedicated Business Advisers equipped with the knowledge and expertise helps customers every step of the way to ensure their success in starting up and maintaining a flourishing business. 0121 4546171

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

Coventry & Warwickshire CDA
Enterprise Agency providing specialist business advisory and training support to social enterprises across the West Midlands and co-operatives across the West Midlands, East Midlands and East of England. Most of our services are free to eligible clients. 024 76633911

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 Chamber of Commerce Group
Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is steeped in history having been established for nearly 200 years but, like the business environment over the decades, it has changed and adapted accordingly.Today's Chamber is a modern, innovative, membership-based business support organisation that exists to connect its members to opportunity. Birmingham Chamber is an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce and over the years has established itself to become the prominent independent business voice in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Address: 75 Harbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3DH 01214 546 171

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


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