Start

Starting your own business requires careful planning, research and preparation. This section will guide you to where you can find help and advice on starting and setting up a business. There is information on how to set up and register a company, and on the steps that you will need to take to turn your idea into a business.


Planning
Write a business plan »

You will need a business plan to raise finance. Here's advice on how to write a business plan, including templates and samples.


Setup
Start a business from home »

It's simple to start a business from home and more people are doing it. Find out what you need to do to get started.


Finance
Funding for innovation »

There are many forms of financial help that aim to support companies as they innovate and generate new ideas. Find one to help you.


Hiring
Recruiting and hiring staff »

Whether you are a first-time employer or taking on extra staff, there is practical guidance and financial assistance to tap into.


Do more online
Building your website »

Your website is the way your customers and clients find and learn more about you. Here's advice on how to make it as good as it can be

Marketing online »

There's a dizzying array of options for promoting your business and services on the web. Here are some tips to get you started.