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.
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.
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.
Starting a new food business
Information on the steps to take to launch your own food business.
Setting up a social enterprise
Start a business to help people or communities.
Buying a business
Find information on buying a franchise or an existing business.
Buying or renting premises
Information on buying or renting business premises, including government or council property.