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Start a business


Start a Business in the UK

If you are looking to start up your own business in the UK, then you will want to read this.

For up to 6 months, you can learn how to manage your own business better, and make it grow. At the same time, you'll be bringing a fresh perspective to your host entrepreneur.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to aspiring or new entrepreneurs. You should either:

  • have firm plans to start a business, based on a viable business plan

or

  • have started your own business within the last 3 years

The programme has no age limit and your company or activity can be in any sector.

Candidates from any EU country are free to apply. If you are from a country outside the EU you can also apply, as long as you are a permanent resident and intend to start your business in an EU country.

 

How to apply

Fill in the online registration form and chose the local contact point closest to where you live. They will guide you through the process. If there is no suitable contact point in your country, you can contact one of the 100 local points located in other countries.

 

Tips for starting a new business

https://www.gov.uk/browse/business/setting-up has a wealth of information about setting up a new business. From finding courses, to finding a premesis for your business.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/startingup/ has information about the finance and tax side of starting a new business.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16595152 and http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/sep/19/starting-a-business gives a list of top tips for starting your own business

Startups - http://www.startups.co.uk/10-steps-to-starting-your-business looks into the creative side of starting your business. So check out this link to find out about creating your own website, logo and business cards.