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I am planning to start a business. What support is available?

Starting a business can be exciting and daunting in equal measure, and the Growth Hub is here to help. As well as the advice on this website, we offer regular workshops which help start-ups to plan their business strategy and identify areas that need additional thinking. Our networking events are also a great way to make new business contacts. Sign up to our newsletter here to stay informed of forthcoming events.

I want to grow my business quickly and take on employees. Can I access any additional help?

Yes – if you meet our eligibility criteria, which is detailed here. Our High Growth service provides extra support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have intellectual capital underpinning their idea and the potential for rapid growth and job creation. If you meet the eligibility criteria, fill in this application form and we’ll contact you to explain more.

What are the key considerations when starting a business?

There are lots of things to think about when starting a business, from how you will test your idea to choosing a legal structure and writing a business plan. Make sure you consider the points below as you plan ahead:

  • How to turn your idea into a reality
    You can access a range of advice on developing a start-up here.
  • Picking the right legal structure for your business
    Sole trader or limited company? This page on the Companies House website will help you decide which type of business is right for you. 
  • Registering your company
    If you want to operate as a limited company, you’ll need to register with Companies House. Click here to find out how. 
  • How to finance your business
    You can find an overview of the different options for business finance here
  • Recruiting staff
    If you’re a first time employer, this webpage will be of help. 
  • Where to work from
    You may be home-based or require premises. Some useful advice can be found here

Our own website also offers advice on the following topics. Click a link to go to that page:

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