Your business idea

If you have a business idea but don’t know what to do next, we can help. We understand that the early stages of planning a business is critical, which is why we offer a range of services to help you keep on track. From free, introductory sessions to one-to-one advice, our advisers are here help.

Introductory Session - Is Self-Employment for You?

Our start-up advisers deliver this informal session which lets you find out more about becoming self-employed. What you need to know, who can help and what services you can access. In 1 hour, you can find out the answers to these questions and meet others at the same stage as you.

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Events and workshops

Our range of free, start-up workshops and business skills events help you develop your knowledge on topics such as business planning, marketing, ecommerce and intellectual property.

They are also a great place to network with others and develop your contacts.

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Getting Your Business Plan Right

Writing a business plan can be a daunting task, however we’re here to help. By putting your idea down on paper, you can see what you’ve covered and what you still need to do.

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Business Information

Our Business Information Team can help provide market research on your specific idea including statistics to show why there is a market – useful if you are looking to obtain funding.

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Next steps?

If you would like to book a space at one of our start-up workshops then book online at or give us a call on 01595 745 945.

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