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Getting Started

Useful resources:

COBRA: Business Plan- A guide to writing
Available at all Ask About Business libraries, or access it online using a library ticket from one of our partners.

Business help at GOV.UK

Free Business Plan template from Blue Orchid

Make sure you look at the Business Opportunity Profiles (BOPs) on COBRA - hundreds of different business ideas with lots of essential info, from Acupuncturist to Window Box Maker!

Also see Research the Market; Company Information; and more, to see how libraries can help you find the information you need.

Your business plan might include: 

  • Business partner details 
  • 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 How much money you need 
  • The price for your product or service 
  • How much profit you intend to make How you intend to operate - sole trader, co-operative, etc.

Cash Flow Forecast

You can usually get help and advice locally, check with your local library

  • Premises
  • Recruiting
  • Register your business
  • Running your business from home
  • 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.