General Sources of Advice from .Gov website

Starting a business requires careful planning, research and preparation. This section provides information on Government Support Schemes, grants and initiatives to help a business start-up.

The websites of all government departments and many other agencies and public bodies have been merged into GOV.UK. Here you can see all policies, announcements, publications, statistics and consultations. Find out how government services are performing and how satisfied users are.

You can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice.

You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local ‘growth hub’.

Business Support Helpline (UK)
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Textphone: 0191 581 0052
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

Setting Up

What you need to do to set up depends on your type of business, where you work and whether you take people on to help.

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Legal Structures

There are a number of structures that you can choose from when starting or expanding your business. Choosing your business structure is an important decision

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Tax Obligation

Small businesses, and the individuals who run them, are subject to a wide array of taxes – from Corporation Tax to National Insurance.

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