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Start Up Advice

New business idea?

If you’re thinking of starting a business, you first need to come up with a realistic idea you can turn into a product or service.

If you have an idea, but aren’t sure how to progress further or what steps to take – you’re in the right place.

Speak to one of our business navigators to establish whether your idea has the capacity to be made into a reality.

Start Up Resources


Amazon Small Business Accelerator by Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation has launched the Amazon Small Business Accelerator, a major support package for more than 200,000 small businesses and start-ups across the UK.

Amazon Small Business Accelerator is a free, online educational programme for anyone who wants to start a new online business or grow an existing one.

The online learning is tailored to your experience level, with a comprehensive curriculum covering website building, selling online, social media, marketing, managing cashflow, selling on Amazon, and identifying growth opportunities.

Business Enterprise Support

Business Enterprise Support – or BES – is a not-for-profit social enterprise primarily dedicated to helping people to start and successfully run their own businesses or social enterprises.

Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers that exist to shortcut your route to trusted business support. Whether you’re starting or growing a business, we have the resources, expertise, and connections to help you get it right. Access support at a selection of events held up and down the UK, or online via a dynamic platform that gets you to answers and advisers fast.

Meta for Business

Everyone is a marketer with the right toolkit. Marketing isn’t simple, and we want you to succeed. Here you’ll find ad options for any budget and expertise level – you can start small or go big. And you can always track how your ads are working and make changes along the way.

Google for Startups

Google for Startups is a collection of online tools and best practices for getting your business up and running, from raising funds and hiring the right team to developing new products.

Government support

Government information on how to set up a business. What you need to do to set up depends on your type of business, where you work and whether you take people on to help.

Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme

Prince’s Trust has a range of tools and resources to help young people, including business plan templates, CV tips, money management, building confidence and more.

StartUp Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. It offers inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

Startup Donut from Microsoft

Growing your small to medium business – free Microsoft guide Advice on:

  • boosting productivity;
  • working better together;
  • reducing bottlenecks;
  • keeping data safe;
  • streamlining your IT.

The Women's Organisation

The Women’s Organisation is the largest developer and deliverer of training and support targeting women in the UK. It can help women with new business ideas, including:

  • Conducting market research and use it to shape your business idea
  • Explaining your unique business to the market
  • Defining how your business could be positioned
  • Developing your sales forecasts and financial plans
  • Identifying and securing funding and grant support
  • Drawing up a business plan
  • Finding premises