If you are thinking about starting a business in
West Midlands or would like to grow your exisiting business,
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 give
your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights local
organisations who offer friendly
and services that you need.
Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and
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
'Start & Grow Your Business' book .
We have been helping new start-ups as well as exisiting business owners
for the past 18 years and in
West Midlands since 2005.
Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful
business information which we are happy to share with you free of charge.
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, we suggest that
you get a feel for what is going on locally by having a look at the
If you offer services that could help local business owners, we would be
happy to point them in your direction! Add your details (FREE!)
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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.
- Start-up checklist
- Step-by-step guide
- Business plan template
- Personal budget planner
- Cashflow forecast template
- Marketing plan template
- Guide to business networking
- Start-up map
- Web & SEO Checklist
- Start-up map
One-time registration required but this unlocks all of the free resources on the site.
Start & Grow Your Business In 2019
This free 150 page book is packed with information and
contact details designed to help you start or grow your business
We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an
enormous amount of information which could make the difference between
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'!
West Midlands Local Contacts
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.
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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.bizevents. 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 email@example.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.
Read how Blue Sky has supported NPA 24:7
Corporation Tax Services
Fixed Monthly Accounting
Management Accounts & Reporting
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 equitydebt; 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 leveltype 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
Business Angels and Business Angel Networks
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)
Grants (Local, National and European)
Matched Investment Funding
Private Equity Investments
R&D Tax Credit Applications
Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)
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.
WERE 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.
Were passionate about everything we do, we dont over promise; we let our work do the talking. Well guide you on a branding or digital journey and if you let us, well tell you about some of amazing success stories where we've influenced amazing business transformations to record sales figures.
Were 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.
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
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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.Todays 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