Help to start-up

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There are over 5.5m businesses in the UK. If you’re ready to join them, we can help. Check what you need to do to set up your business and how to get help from government-backed schemes.

1. Register your business

Follow our guidance and set up your business. This includes:

  • Rules for your type of business
  • Responsibilities hiring freelance or agency support

2. Write a business plan

Get detailed information on how to write your business plan and download free business plan templates.

3. Get help with tax

If you’re starting a business, you’ll need to understand what tax you may have to pay. Check out the guidance, which covers some helpful topics below

4. Check your finance options

You could be eligible for a government backed Start Up Loan of £500 to £25,000 to start or grow your business.

Seaweed & Co applied for a government-backed Start Up Loan which allowed the business to expand into markets in Europe and North America.

Your free finance guide to help you get started

The British Business Bank’s finance guide is designed to help you make an informed choice about accessing the right type of finance for your business, whether you’re looking to start-up, scale or grow your business.

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Employing people

If you’re looking to employ people for the first time there’s several things you’ll need to consider. We’ve made it easy for you through this helpful checklist.

If you’re looking to employ more people, check out the support available.

Free resources and network to start or develop your business

The British Library’s Business and IP Centre network supports small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors to take the right steps to start up, protect and grow their business. The National Network is delivered through regional and local libraries around Britain, offering insights and access to free resources, training and events to help you imagine, start or develop your business.

Help and advice

Contact the Business Support Helpline for general advice and support and speak to someone over the phone or online.

Or find out how your local growth hub can help you with advice and support at any stage of your business journey.