If you are thinking about starting a business in
or would like to grow your exisiting business, you have come to the right place!
Start Your Own Business in
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 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 & Grow Your Business' guide
We have been helping start-ups and exisiting business owners for the past 18 years and in Highland 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 following pages:
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 the Highlands
page book is packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow 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 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'!
FREE 'Start & Grow Your Business' Book
Edition is packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in
- easy to follow step by step guide
- where to find help and support
- are you ready?
- is there a gap in the market?
- choosing the right structure
- work from home or premises?
Finance & funding
- your funding options
Accountancy & tax
- tax and VAT explained
- tips and local groups
- online marketing, social media
- how to find and recruit
Law & insurance
- the key considerations
- and how to avoid them
- useful contacts
You can download the whole of this
page book now free of charge. We are sure that you will find it both interesting and useful. The
edition is packed with useful hints and tips, relevant, easy to read guides to all of the relevant subjects, real-life examples, and lots of contacts to enable you to get off to the best possible start.
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We are keen to see you succeed and can recommend the following...
If you have already prepared a business plan, but feel it needs a professional 'eye' to look over it before presenting it to a bank or investor, or you’re worried that it simply isn’t up to scratch, then we can help. Find out more
A professional business mentor is an invaluable resource for businesses of all shapes and sizes, so stick with one and they will help you to grow from a start-up to an established business. Find out more
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We have partnered with Transmit Start-Ups to deliver the Start Up Loans scheme to UK entrepreneurs. This is a government backed scheme, providing repayable loans and mentoring to individuals in the UK with a viable business idea but no access to finance. Find out more
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The best time to talk to an accountant is when you first think about starting or buying your own business. The next best time is now. A little bit of time and money invested in timely advice could save you thousands of pounds and make the difference between success and failure, particularly if start-up funds are limited. We’d love to get to know you better & take some of the work off your plate. Call to book a FREE consultation or request a call back today!
Our vision is to make the Highlands and Islands a highly successful and competitive region where increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.
Whether it is just an idea, a small enterprise or still in its early stages, CREATE is geared up to support any new business start-up. The CREATE team houses entrepreneurial experience of starting up both businesses and charities and, with the added support of our Entrepreneurs in Residence; our legal partners, Harper Macleod; and accounting partners, Johnston Carmichael, we can provide the right support to help you turn an enterprising idea into a business.
Business Gateway Highland is your gateway to expert local business advice and practical guidance. We have business advisers based in offices all over the Highland area. 81 Castle Street, Inverness IV2 3EA. Tel: 01463 896 736
The Highland Council website includes dedicated pages covering: Help for your business, Trading standards, Business rates, Food safety, Health & safety, Economic development, Advice for contractors, Contract opportunities and their property work register.
mygov.scot contains a really useful section if you are thinking about setting up a social enterprise. It explains the various business structures and has links to many other related resources.
The region's highly experienced and knowledgeable business support agencies can provide help and advice on a wide range of business support related issues and matters.
f you’re a social enterprise there are lots of people and places you can go to for help – so many, in fact, that it can all start to get a bit confusing. The HISEZ website contains a quick and simple guide to who’s who, what they do and the kind of support they give.