Starting a business is not to be considered lightly. There are risks involved and managing the risk is a key element to success.
Some feel quite competent to do this on their own. Others benefit from the support of a network of people and organisations around them to some degree or another.
However, there is a great deal of evidence to suggest that those people who start a business with the support of external advisors and skills training have a much greater chance of being able to grow the business and most importantly get the business to survive for longer.
It is absolutely vital that you choose a support organisation with a track record of helping businesses.
If you look at the National Enterprise Network website you can put in your location and it will list their members, like ourselves at Business Support York & North Yorkshire. This enables you to engage with them confidently, knowing you will receive support from an impartial organisation who can help guide you through the whole process.
How’s Business can signpost you in the right directions and engage with a range of experts at the, now well respected, Pop Up Cafes, you can come along to these and have up to 20 minutes with a range of experts from HR, legal, marketing, social media and business development to name but a few. All this is free of charge, relaxed, and very much a "give back" to the business community from the experts attending.
If you are aged 18 - 30 and are disadvantaged you could seek support from The Princes Trust who, as well as providing advice, offer start-up finance support if needed - including low interest start-up loans of up to £7,500 and small start-up business grants in special circumstances.
Speak to your local authority, especially if you are looking for premises, they can help with planning permission, small business rates relief, etc.
In York for example you can contact Make It York.
If you are unemployed there is the New Enterprise Allowance Scheme, speak to the job centre and they will refer you to an adviser who can take you through the process to establish if you have a viable and sustainable business idea. You also get 6 months support once you have started the business, along with a financial allowance on a reducing scale.
Accountants and solicitors generally offer an initial free appointment.
We always suggest as a starting point though speak to your Local Enterprise Agency to ensure you have everything in order before you speak to anyone else. This is often the most cost effective way to start and ensure that the people you engage with going forward are reputable.
As an organisation Business Support York & North Yorkshire can take you from the very first "Is It For Me" scenario to growing the business. If you are looking for a lifestyle business or world domination, we are here to help.
This can by via one to one mentoring or one of the many training courses that we deliver around the area.
Start your business today by downloading your free start-up guide!
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