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  • You don't need to do it alone

    Whether you’ve finally decided to make some money on your brilliant idea or change your hobby into a business, it can be difficult to know where to start. Being your own boss is tempting but there’s a lot of DIY involved. The good news is, you don’t need to do it alone.


    The better prepared you are to the challenges of business, the more likely your business is to succeed. To make it easier, we’ve brought together some of the key resources that you’ll need when setting up. And if you need some extra help, it’s only a phone call away at 0300 456 3536

  • How we can help

    There's a lot of support out there for starting a business, but Yorkshire's a big place and travel times can really eat into your day. To save you time, we've brought together some of the best information and events for start-ups in one place.

    Need some instant answers?

    There's a lot of things you need to do when starting a business, but where do you start? With our quick, free eBook, we give you an overview of what it takes to start a business. From market testing, to getting your first customers, to some of key legal concerns.

    Download the eBook

    Got a specific question?

    Need a quick answer? Our articles give you a quick burst of information on a range of topics, including what funding is available for your startup, how to get the most out of social media and much more.

    Read an article

    Want to talk to an expert?

    When in doubt, sometimes the best answer is to speak to an expert. Popup Business Cafes give you the chance to talk to talk your issues over with business experts, for free.

    Attend an event

    Want to get better prepared?

    Networking can give you the chance to learn from other business owners who've already overcome the challenges you're facing. Our site features the best calendar of networking events in the region.

    Attend an event

  • Funding support

    We want to make sure you get all the necessary support to get your business idea off the ground. So, if there's a service that you need, which we can't offer, we'll direct you to the right place to go.

    Need some financial help?


    Money is often the biggest hurdle when starting out a business. The Startup Loans Company is exactly what it sounds like - you can apply for up to £25,000 worth of loans to kick-start your business. On top of the funding, you'll receive free business support to give you the confidence you need to succeed.

    Find out more

    Want a guideline for starting up?


    The Business is Great website gives you a rundown of the main areas you need to consider when first starting out - planning, the setup, finance, hiring and taking things online. Follow their guides and your idea becoming a reality will seem less like a daunting task.

    Find out more

    Aged between 18 and 30?

    If so, the Prince's Trust is aimed directly at you. It offers a range of support, including training, mentoring and funding. Their website also includes useful tips on business plans, finance, marketing and sustainability.

    Find out more


    Based in a rural area?

    The LEADER scheme can get confusing as it has three sub-categories, but simply put, if you're based in a rural location then this might be able to support your growth plans - from farm productivity and diversification to rural tourism. Get in touch via support@howsbusiness.org to find out more information on this programme.