Starting a business: first steps
For people thinking about starting a business or becoming self-employed.
Writing a business plan
Information on what to include when writing a business plan if you're looking to raise funding or develop an idea.
Starting a business from your home
Information on starting a business from your home including setting up a home office, planning permission, title deeds, health and safety, trading standards and waste management.
Set up a business in the UK
What you need to do to set up a business - registration, licenses, banking, NI and VAT, employing people.
Setting up a social enterprise
Start a business to help people or communities.
Registering your business
You will need to register with a number of different organisations, depending on the type of business you're setting up.
Sole trader or partnership?
Deciding on whether to set up your business as a self-employed sole trader or in partnership with others.
Buying or renting premises
Information on buying or renting business premises, including government or council property.
Marketing your business
Information on marketing and sales for your business.
Find out what intellectual property is and how to protect it in the UK and abroad.