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So, you’re starting a business.

Firstly, congratulations! Welcome to entrepreneurship.

This is an exciting time and as you start your business, you’re probably wondering where to begin. But don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you – from setting up, to financing.

Let’s get started!

How to start your business

In this section you’ll find everything you need to know to make sure that the business you set up, is set up for success.

Getting the fundamentals right

Before starting any business, there are some key decisions to make such as the business form, ownership structure and capitalisation. This short article covers the basics and includes links for further reading.

Writing a business plan

A business plan is important to know where your business is going and how it’s going to get there. The plan describes the destination (your vision) and also sets out a roadmap for your business, helping you decide which path to take when you come across unexpected obstacles and opportunities.

Financing your business

When it comes to financing your business, you have a number of options. These range from equity, to self-starting, grants and loans. Remember, it isn’t one size fits all.

Explore all the options and find the one that might best fit you as you start your business.

Finance for start-up businesses

How do start-up businesses raise finance with no sales or track record? While most start-ups are self-funded, there are some options for external finance even at this early stage. As the business establishes a track record, more options open up.

Start Up Loans

Start Up Loans, from the British Business Bank, aim to help aspiring entrepreneurs realise their ambitions of starting and/or growing their business. Since the start of the programme in 2012, over 100,000 loans have been issued of which 40% have been to women.

Grant funding

Awarded by government, local authorities and private sector bodies, grants ensure you remain in control of your business – in other words the finance provided doesn’t dilute your ownership stake. However, each grant is different and so it is key you check the specific grant for which you are applying is the right fit for your business.


Everyone has different experiences when they start a business.

Get inspired by the stories of some incredible women who have made the leap into entrepreneurship with their businesses.