Starting your business

You’ve got a great idea or you’ve just started and need some support. Our information will help your business get off to the right start.

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Are you a business in Berkshire looking for support? Get in touch with our Business Advisers:

Support guides

We’ve got lots of useful guides to help you get your new business off on the right foot. 

Explore our support guides for helpful information or create a profile to access our full support guide library and detailed resources that our tailored to your business needs.

Start your own business – podcast
Start your own business – podcast

Prefer to listen? Here's a start your own business podcast Read more

Legal structures for your business
Legal structures for your business

There are different legal structures available for your business. Review our guidance on the different types of business structure Read more

Which accounting software should I use?
Which accounting software should I use?

There is a wide range of accounting software available. Consider these key questions before making a decision. Read more

GrantFinder
GrantFinder

GrantFinder is the leading funding database in the UK covering local, national and international sources of funding Read more

What else do I need to consider when starting my business?
What else do I need to consider when starting my business?

When you are starting your business, consider these extra guides to help you succeed. Read more

5 key steps to an effective sales strategy
5 key steps to an effective sales strategy

Explore the key 5 key steps to developing an effective sales strategy. Read more

Business Builder – Digital tool
Business Builder – Digital tool

Business Builder is a digital tool designed to give you the right support at the right time for you and your business. Read more

Does your Networking Work? Our Top Tips
Does your Networking Work? Our Top Tips

Whether you’re an old hand at networking, or just dipping your toe in the water, you’ll want a good return on investment from your endeavours. Read more

Making Business Finance Work For You
Making Business Finance Work For You

British Business Bank's "Making business finance work for you" guide is designed to help you make an informed choice about accessing the right type of finance for your business. Read more

Business premises
Business premises

Review our key questions when thinking about your business premises Read more

Top 10 AI Tools for SMEs in 2024
Top 10 AI Tools for SMEs in 2024

As we step into 2024, the landscape of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is increasingly influenced by the innovative capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Read more

Business tax

Running a business requires you to know about tax - find out the different types and what you might have to pay. Read more

Budgeting and Accounting
Budgeting and Accounting

Consider the key aspects of budgeting and accounting for your business. Read more

Join Help To Grow: Management
Join Help To Grow: Management

Designed to fit alongside work commitments, this programme combines a practical curriculum, with one-to-one support from a leading business mentor and alumni networking sessions. Read more

Business membership organisations
Business membership organisations

Each business membership organisation provides something different so it's important to review what you want and which will be best for you. Read more

Online start-up courses
Online start-up courses

The Start Up Loan Company provides a range of free online courses for anyone who wants to be their own boss or is considering starting a business. Read more

10 ways to generate more sales leads
10 ways to generate more sales leads

To increase sales in your business, generating more leads is key. This guide shows you how to drum up more sales leads for your business. Read more

Create a marketing plan
Create a marketing plan

Not sure how to write your marketing plan, or even where to start? This marketing plan template guides you through the key aspects you need to cover Read more

Business insurance
Business insurance

Find out what business insurance you might need to protect your company against financial loss. Read more

Employing staff
Employing staff

People are a great resource for your business. It is important to recruit the right staff and to understand your responsibilities as an employer. Read more

Enterprise Nation – support for small businesses
Enterprise Nation – support for small businesses

See the support available from Enterprise Nation for small businesses. Read more

How to start exporting?
How to start exporting?

Great.gov.uk provides support and resources to help businesses start exporting. Read more

Start-up loans
Start-up loans

The Government’s Start Up Loans programme provides finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance. Read more

National Business Support Helpline
National Business Support Helpline

Contact the National Business Support Helpline to help with your enquiries when starting a business in Berkshire. Read more

Hiring an apprentice

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job. Find out what the benefits are and how to hire an apprentice. Read more

GDPR
GDPR

A helpful guide to GDPR and what you need to do. Read more

How to build your online business?
How to build your online business?

The Amazon Small Business Accelerator provides support for building an online business. Read more

How to build your sales?
How to build your sales?

Review the resources available to help you build your sales Read more

Importing goods or services
Importing goods or services

Review this step by step guide to importing goods and services Read more

Improve your marketing return on investment
Improve your marketing return on investment

See how you can get the best return on your investment for your marketing spend. Read more

Local authority support
Local authority support

Find out the support provided by each of the six local authorities in Berkshire for businesses. Read more

Marketing your business on social media
Marketing your business on social media

Review useful tips on how to market your business using social media. Read more

Professional membership organisations
Professional membership organisations

A professional body is an organisation that comprises members who are professionals in a specific sector. Read more

Recruiting the right people
Recruiting the right people

There are many ways to find the right staff for your business. Consider what your business requires and which approach is best for you. Read more

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce – International Trade Services
Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce – International Trade Services

Advice, resources, documentation, workshops and events for businesses looking to export goods and services Read more

Top 10 tips for credit control
Top 10 tips for credit control

Getting invoices paid on time is crucial for your business. Consider these tips to help you manage your cashflow. Read more

Trade finance for UK exporters
Trade finance for UK exporters

Find our how UK Export Finance can help you win contracts, fulfil orders and get paid. Read more

Training and employment schemes for your business
Training and employment schemes for your business

Consider the range of government programmes which are available when you are hiring employees, offering work experience or upskilling existing staff. Read more

What is PR?
What is PR?

Find out how you can use PR and encourage customers and journalists to think and speak positively about your business. Read more

Green Skills Training in Berkshire

Free green skills construction courses from Langley College to employers in Berkshire to improve the skills of their workforce. Read more

The Education Landscape – Supporting pupils in local Schools & Colleges

Education Landscape's Guide for Employers will outline all the options you have for working with schools, colleges, universities and young people while providing the benefits of doing so. Read more

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Start-up Programme

Our information packed workshops and coaching sessions are designed for early stage businesses. The online workshops have been designed to give you the skills and knowledge needed to launch your business successfully.

We’re here for you.

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Business success stories

Hear from the businesses we’ve supported across Berkshire.

Green Bike Food Company ride to success
Green Bike Food Company ride to success

Expert support from Berkshire Growth Hub results in green success story for Berkshire food business Green Bike Food Co. Read more

LEDs light up the path to sustainability
LEDs light up the path to sustainability

Berkshire label company took another step in its environmental vision by implementing a very popular energy-efficient product - LED lighting. Read more

Renewable energy powers HiFi Cinema showroom
Renewable energy powers HiFi Cinema showroom

A grant of £4,800 ensured that HiFi Cinema can generate renewable energy with a solar PV system, meaning, among other things, they can charge up two electric company vehicles. Read more

Business events

Events are a great opportunity to learn something new or network with like minded businesses. 

Masterclass: Mastering your Business Planning for Growth

Event date - 19 June 2024

Event time - 09:30 am

Event type - Webinar

Location - Online

FREE & ONLINE: This Masterclass will explore the key capabilities that every CEO / CFO / 'CXO' should have for Strategic Planning Read more

StartUP Part 2: Customers, Marketing and Making Money

Event date - 20 June 2024

Event time - 09:30 am

Event type - Webinar

Location - Online

FREE & ONLINE: Develop your understanding of your customers, how you are likely to be able to reach them, and how you can increase your chance of a sale. Second workshop of two. Read more

Get Coached – Launch Event

Event date - 21 June 2024

Event time - 12:00 pm

Event type - Event

Location - Online

- A presentation by Ayo Sokale on AI powered coaching - Question & Answer on AI, coaching and how you get use Get Coached. Read more

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