Start Your Own Business in West Midlands

Starting a business in West Midlands
Starting a business in West Midlands

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 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 & Grow Your Business' guide .

We have been helping start-ups and 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.

Friendly Advice

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!) here.

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 Book

Start & Grow Your Business In 2019

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 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 2019 Edition is packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in West Midlands

Start & Grow Your Business In 2019
  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 2019 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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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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Exhibition items
Print My Tablecloth and Harberson Ltd supply a wide range of printed tablecloths, exhibition display stands, pop up displays, pull up roller banners, and a range of embroidered tablecloths and personalised promotional items. If you are new to exhibitions and trade shows, we can help you to find the right solution to help grow your business in the direction you want it to grow.
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Latest Start-Up Articles

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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)

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.
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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.
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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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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 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 VentureVCTsDevelopment 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.
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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 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.
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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
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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
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