First Steps in Business

This page serves as an introduction to those starting out in business, covering resources someone considering going into business for the first time should look at.

Starting up in business, or taking the step to become self-employed, can initially appear daunting.

Whilst it gives you the freedom to work on your own terms, and pursue a career in something you truly feel passionate about, making sure it is both sustainable and successful can only be achieved by firstly making yourself aware of the key considerations you will have to make. Luckily, there are numerous resources out there- free of charge- for you to get started comfortably.

Business is Great Britain

The Business is Great programme, provided by HM Government, offers a simple step by step guide that outlines the major considerations you need to make when starting out in business.


Business Support Helpline

A free service from central government for England, the Business Support Helpline are able to advise you on how best to access further support, advice and sources of finance in addition to those listed here.

We would advise you get speak with their team if your enquiry is related to general business information. They have a live chat function that can be accessed here.


Writing a Business Plan

Writing up a business plan can help you to understand what you need to do to make your business work both financially and logistically. However, it also allows you to map out your ambitions for how you want your business to grow and develop.

Below you will find a step-by-step guide from the Start-Up Loans Company; covering marketing, customer base, operational considerations and financial forecasting. There is also a link to guidance on how to get the most that you can out of this document.

Start-Up Loans Business Template (DOCX, 48.3 KB)

Start-Up Loans Business Template Guidance (PDF, 400.6 KB)

Our Economic Development are on hand to help with any business related queries you may have. If you have any questions about any of the resources available through our website, or need some advice in figuring out where to begin, we're here to help.


Telephone: 01452 396838