Starting a Business

Starting a business can be a daunting process but help is at hand. This section contains links and information for those considering self employment. provides information on setting up a business, including information on;

  • Writing a business plan
  • Business Link Helpline
  • Starting up a business
  • UK Welcomes business
  • Growing your business
  • Set up a private limited company
  • Set up as a sole trader
  • Set up a business partnership
  • Avoid business cash flow problems
  • Business allowances
  • Business finance and support finder
  • Business finance explained
  • Business knowledge management
  • Choose a legal structure for a new business
  • Choosing your business premises
  • Companies House
  • Employment agencies and businesses
  • Entertainment and modelling agencies
  • Find business training courses
  • Forecast your business finances
  • Get information about a company
  • Market research for your business
  • PAYE record-keeping
  • Register a private limited company online
  • Register as an overseas company
  • Register your new business with HMRC
  • Renting and buying business premises
  • Restarting a non-trading or dormant company
  • Search for business training and network events
  • Setting up a social enterprise
  • Understand your business's cash flow
  • Understanding your business's IT needs
  • What is corporation tax?
  • Your business and selling to customers

Additional start up advice, support and information

Start up Guide

Complete Guide to Starting a Business (Bytestart)
This series of guides gives information about many different types of start up and what you need to consider

Record keeping provides guidance as to what records you need to keep when running your business


General advice on the financial options when starting a business.