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How to Start a Business in Wales

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How to Start a Business in Wales

Starting a business in Wales

If you are thinking about starting a business in Wales or would like to grow your existing business, we would love to help you.

Start Your Own Business in Wales contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly advice and the services that you are likely to need as a new startup or local business owner.

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Starting a business in Wales

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Wales is a fantastic place to set up and run a business... as long as it is the right business!

We have been working with start-ups in Wales for the past 20 years and while it is true that the economy has changed dramatically during that time, many of the key considerations have remained the same. The sad truth is that too many new businesses fail in the early stages and our hope is that we can play in a small part in reducing that number and help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls.

Find local help including business support organisations, local business networking groups and grants which are available in your area.


Starting a new business can be an exciting and rewarding venture. If you're considering launching your business in Wales, this comprehensive guide will provide you with the necessary information, statistics, considerations, and resources to help you navigate the process successfully. From essential considerations to organisations that can provide guidance and support, this guide has got you covered.

1. Important Considerations:

Before diving into the details of starting a business, it's essential to consider a few key factors:

  1. Business Idea: Develop a clear and unique business idea that fills a gap in the market and aligns with your passion, skills, and expertise.
  2. Market Research: Conduct thorough market research to evaluate the demand for your product or service, understand your target audience, and identify your competition.
  3. Business Plan: Create a detailed business plan outlining your goals, strategies, financial projections, and marketing approach. A well-crafted business plan is crucial for securing funding and mapping out your business's trajectory.
  4. Legal Structure: Decide on the legal structure for your business, such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited company. Consider consulting with a lawyer or an accountant to ensure you make the right choice.
  5. Finances: Assess your financial situation and determine how much capital you need to start your business. Explore funding options like loans, grants, and investors.
  6. Location: Consider the location of your business carefully. Wales offers a variety of vibrant cities and towns with their own unique advantages.
2. Start-up Statistics for Cities in the UK:

Understanding the entrepreneurial landscape and start-up statistics for different cities in the UK can provide valuable insights into the business climate. Here are some resources to explore:

  • Office for National Statistics (ONS) - Business Demography: The ONS provides detailed data on the number of businesses, births, and deaths of enterprises in different regions. Visit their website for access to the latest statistics: ONS Website
  • Startup Britain: Startup Britain is an online platform that offers an interactive map showcasing start-up hotspots and providing access to regional start-up statistics. Visit their website: Startup Britain
3. Organisations to Help with Business Start-up:

Here are some organisations that can provide guidance and support:

  • Business Wales: Business Wales is the Welsh Government's business support organisation. They provide a range of services, including expert advice, access to funding, training, and networking opportunities. Explore their website for guidance and resources: Business Wales
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB): FSB is a leading organisation representing the interests of small businesses. They offer a range of resources, networking events, and support for entrepreneurs. Visit their website: FSB
  • Prince's Trust: The Prince's Trust supports young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30 by offering mentorship, funding, and training programs. Their website provides valuable resources and information: Prince's Trust
4. Business Networking:

Networking is crucial for establishing connections, gaining insights, and accessing potential opportunities. Consider the following platforms for business networking in Wales:

  • Wales Business Network: The Wales Business Network organises events, workshops, and seminars to facilitate networking and collaboration among businesses. Visit their website for upcoming events: Wales Business Network
  • LinkedIn: Utilise LinkedIn to connect with professionals, join relevant groups, and engage in discussions within your industry. Create a compelling profile that highlights your business and expertise.
5. Start-up Hints and Tips:

Here are some additional hints and tips to help you kickstart your business in Wales:

  • Utilise Social Media: Leverage social media platforms to build brand awareness, engage with your target audience, and generate leads. Develop a consistent content strategy that aligns with your brand.
  • Seek Mentorship: Find a mentor who can provide guidance, share their experiences, and offer valuable insights. Mentors can help you navigate challenges and make informed decisions.
  • Continuous Learning: Stay updated with the latest industry trends, attend workshops, seminars, and online courses to enhance your skills and knowledge.
  • Monitor Cash Flow: Keep a close eye on your finances and establish robust accounting practices. Cash flow management is crucial for the success and sustainability of your business.
  • Embrace Adaptability: Remain flexible and adaptable as you navigate the evolving business landscape. Be open to feedback, iterate your strategies, and pivot when necessary.

Starting a business in Wales offers a wealth of opportunities and support networks. By considering the essential factors, leveraging start-up statistics, and seeking assistance from organisations and networking platforms, you'll be well-equipped to embark on your entrepreneurial journey. Remember to plan diligently, seek expert advice, and stay resilient in the face of challenges. Good luck with your new business!

FREE startup workshops

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Open to everyone, our sole aim is to increase your chances of success. We do that by explaining:

The reality of running a business; the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them; which legal status is likely to be most suitable; funding, grants and managing your money; business planning and cashflow forecasting; finding and keeping customers.

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An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy-to-read way with links to useful online articles and relevant contacts.

The idea of starting your own business can be incredibly exciting and who can blame you for being tempted?

However, the sad truth is that far too many new enterprises fail in the early stages. Our aim is to make sure that you don’t become one of them.

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Starting a business in Wales

Key Contacts in Wales

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business.

Wales is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.


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 i ddarganfod mwy.


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Venture Wales
Venture Wales is the leading business support organisation in the country. We have an unmatched record in achieving success for SMEs 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.


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.


Welsh Government - Business and Economy
The Welsh Governments 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.


Venture Wales
Venture Wales is the leading business support organisation in the country. We have an unmatched record in achieving success for SMEs 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.


Business in Focus
Business in Focuss 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.


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 Agencys New Business Starts Programme.

Start-up articles

100's of free startup articles

We have created a collection of 100s of startup 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 'articles' at: How to start a business