Start Your Own Business in Norfolk

Starting a business in Norfolk
Starting a business in Norfolk

If you are thinking about starting a business in Norfolk or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Norfolk 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 business advice and services that you need.

Our most popular LOCAL subjects are: Business Advice & Support, Where to Find Grants, Funding for Your Business, Local Networking Groups.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Norfolk since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Everything that you will find on the site is free and a good place to start is 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' guide.

How to Succeed

The sad truth is that far too many new businesses start-ups fail in the early stages and our aim is to try and make sure that you are not one of them!

To help with this, we have broken down the start-up process into simple steps which highlight the things that have worked for other start-ups and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

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
Free start-up pack
One-time registration required but this unlocks all of the free resources on the site.

FREE Start-Up Pack

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

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business in 2020

Start Your Own Business in 2020

This free 150 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'!

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FREE 'Start & Grow Your Business' Book

This 2020 Edition is packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Norfolk

Start Your Own Business in 2020
  1. Overview - easy to follow step by step guide
  2. Advice - where to find help and support
  3. Business planning - are you ready?
  4. Market research - is there a gap in the market?
  5. Business set-up - choosing the right structure
  6. Premises - work from home or premises?
  7. Finance & funding - your funding options
  8. Accountancy & tax - tax and VAT explained
  9. Business networking - tips and local groups
  10. Getting online - online marketing, social media
  11. Employing staff - how to find and recruit
  12. Law & insurance - the key considerations
  13. Common mistakes - and how to avoid them
  14. Business directory - useful contacts

You can download the whole of this 150 page book now free of charge. We are sure that you will find it both interesting and useful. The 2020 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.

Download Free copy

Start-Up Services

We are keen to see you succeed and can recommend the following...

Business Plan
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.
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Mentoring
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.
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Peter Gow
Discover how you can earn a lifelong income by helping people get an all together better deal on their Gas, Electricity, Landline, Broadband and Mobile services. People like you have changed their lives!
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Start-Up Loan
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.
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Norfolk Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Norfolk area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

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Starting and Growing a Business Do you have a great idea for a business but not sure how or where to start? Have you recently started a business and find that you could do with some help? We can provide you with advice, training and mentoring to help get your business off to the best possible start. If you are trying to grow your business perhaps you may have realised that your role is changing and you need to step back and learn how to manage the business and your employees more effectively? These are all things that we can help you with. We offer a range of support which includes one to one advice sessions, training for business start-ups and business growth and mentoring on a one to one or group basis. We are based in Norfolk and have supported hundreds of new businesses in this area, but use of technology enables us to extend our services far beyond this geographical constraint. If you feel we could help you or you would like further information please contact us.
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Norfolk Chamber of Commerce has provided first-class help and support, and fought for a better deal, for Norfolk businesses since 1896. Owned and directed by its business members, the chamber supports and represents businesses of all shapes and sizes, and in all sectors. Address: 9 Norwich Business Park, Whiting Road, Norwich, NR4 6DJ
Double the chance of your business surviving 3 years! That is the reality of working with a business support organisation such as NWES to obtain business advice according to recent research. We are experts in providing practical business advice on how to start-up, survive and prosper in business. Our professional business advisors use their experience to guide you through all aspects of starting a business and they have a wide range of sector experience to draw on. Between them our advisor team has now worked with over 10,000 individuals looking to set up in business.
NWES - Advising and helping start up businesses since 1982. We are experts in providing practical business advice on how to start-up, survive and prosper in business. Our professional business advisors use their experience to guide you through all aspects of starting a business and they have a wide range of sector experience to draw on. Between them our advisor team has now worked with over 10,000 individuals looking to set up in business.
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