Starting your own business requires careful planning, research and preparation. There are a multitude of websites, organisations and businesses out there to lend a helping hand but navigating them can prove difficult. We can help you identify the help you need and make introductions to the right people to get you started.

Things to consider

There will be many things you need to consider before starting your journey. Below are just a few of the key considerations.


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Additional online resources

A useful stating point if you are looking for further information is the Business is Great Britain website.  The website will guide you to where you can find help and advice on starting and setting up a business. There is information on how to set up and register a company, and on the steps that you will need to take to turn your idea into a business.

Writing a business plan

Writing a business plan is an important first step when starting a business.  The business planning process will help you focus on the things that really matter to your business from cash flow, to sales forecasting. It will also help you understand your target market, customers and competitors, and showcase your business to potential investors. You can get plenty of free advice and guidance on how to write a business plan.

For more information and support on how to write your business plan please get in touch with one of our advisers today.

Setting up and registering your business

Setting up a new business needn’t be complicated. There is a whole range of information and advice out there from choosing the right legal structure, registering with companies house and HMRC, to where you work and recruiting your first people.

For more information and support on where to begin please get in touch with one of advisers today.

Financing your business

A bank loan is not the only way that you can raise money to fund your business. There are numerous alternatives from equity investment – raising capital through the sale of shares in a business  – to debt finance available via a multitude of alternative finance providers such as start up loans, peer to peer lenders or crowd funding platforms.

For more information on accessing the right finance for you please get in touch with one of our advisers today.

The time for AD:VENTURE has arrived

Focussed on creating and supporting high growth businesses from start up to expansion, AD:VENTURE is here to help you make your business venture reach epic heights!

The AD:VENTURE programme delivers ERDF funded growth support to existing businesses in their first 3 years of trading and for people planning to start a business within the Leeds City Region.

To find out more call us on 01904 550092 or email: or visit the website.