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Business support: start up

Business planning and testing your idea is a critical first step when thinking about starting a business or launching a new product.

Useful resources

The following resources will help you to begin thinking through your idea and testing it:

A step-by-step guide to starting your business

Business Model Canvas will help you develop an initial short-form business plan on one page.

Lean start up is a method for developing businesses and products by experimentation and gradual product development

The Start Up Loans Company is a government funded scheme set up to provide advice, business loans and mentoring to startup businesses.

Kaleidoscope Enterprise Academy offer free business support to entrepreneurs, including business planning and finance.

GLE start up offers loans and mentoring for new business

HMRC e-learning course will help you if you have questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.

The Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) offer business advice, mentoring and training to people over 50.

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme will help you to work out if business idea is viable and whether self-employment is right for you if you are aged between 10 and 30 and unemployed.

Avanta Enterprise offers a 13 week practical business skills training course.

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