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Getting Started

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Your Business Plan

Having a good business plan in place at the start is vital to success. Spending time on getting it right will be worth it.  It might include: 

  • An outline of the business 
  • Details of why people would buy your product or service
  • Information about the competition and the market 
  • The resources you need - premises, equipment, etc
  • Start up costs, cash flow forecast, and the price of your product or service 
  • How you intend to operate - sole trader, co-operative, etc.

Download a free business plan template from Microsoft.

Read example business plans on the Bplans website.

Get detailed information about how to write a business plan on the Start Up Donut website.

You will find lots of information to support your business plan through libraries, including:

Market research

Company data (inc. credit checking)

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Running a business from home 

An increasing number of new businesses start from home, are you one of them? If so have a look at our useful links which provide guides on setting up, advantages and disadvantages of running a business from home. You will also find information on key issues such as planning permission, business rates, mortgage and insurance.

Running a business from home
Q&A: Setting up a home-based business
COBRA: Running a Business from Home + key issues - A Guide



Finding the right premises to run your business is an important decision and should not be taken lightly. Have a look at our key links including a video guide on what you need to consider.

StartUpDonut: Business premises
Choosing your business premises
YouTube video by Gov.UK

COBRA: Commercial Premises - A Guide

Pop Up Britain Pop up shops are an increasingly popular way of starting to trade.

Office Space

Trading Standards

    ERWIN (Everything Regulation, Whenever It’s Needed)
    The site provides interpreted, simplified and prioritised information, which covers all major Trading Standards, Environmental Health, Licensing and Fire Safety legislation across England and Wales.