Start Up

There are many independent and commercial providers that can support your start up plans, some of which are listed below.

Please note, the decision to engage any provider is yours and you must use your own judgement to determine the provider’s suitability.

British Business Bank

Tips and advice to help build your business.

Business Support Helpline

The Government-backed Business Support Helpline offers advice and guidance to new and existing businesses. It has information on national and local schemes, grants and loans to help companies start and grow.


Learn everything you need to know about starting a business, including business law basics, finance fundamentals and how to secure your first sale.

Future Learn

Entrepreneurship: From business idea to action.


GOV.UK has produced a good step-by-step guide to starting a business. You can find the information in the Setting Up section.


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

London Business Hub

London Business Hub provides an easy way to access the range of support that is available to help London's businesses.

Phoenix Enterprise Programme 2.0

Phoenix Richmond help Pre-Start, Start Up and SME businesses grow.

Small Business

Small Business provides a step-by-step guide to launching a company.

Start Your Own Business

Resources to help you start and grow a successful business.


A step-by-step guide to setting-up a new business

Virgin Start-Up

A useful guide with 'How to?' section for thinking through the stages of business development.

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