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Starting up

Here you can find all the advice you need to get your business idea off the ground. We also run events for start-ups, and you can take advantage of offers from our business community. Still at the ideas stage? Become a member for free!

Start Up Milton keynes

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About to start a business? Learn how MK Business Enterprise makes it our business to support you on your journey.

All the advice you need to get your business idea off the ground!

Guides on setting up a business

The complete government guide to everything you need to know, including choosing the right legal structure, picking the right premises and making sure you’re covered by the right insurance.

Start-up advice and mentoring

Virgin Startup is full of advice on everything from creating a business logo and setting up an online shop to product testing and dealing with the unexpected, Virgin’s start-up mentors have well-earned experience to pass on to the next wave of business owners.

Support for 16-30 year-olds

Since 1983, Prince’s Trust has helped over 80,000 young people start their own business. If you’re aged 18-30 and working fewer than 16 hours a week, Prince’s Trust can help you turn your business idea into reality with a package of training and funding that includes access to a mentor.

The Matthew Martino Enterprise Award scheme offers those aged 16-25 a start-up business grant, mentoring, skills training and invitations to key business events, allowing young people to kick-start their business venture.

Support for those out of work

Over 450 new businesses a week have been set up with the government’s New Enterprise Allowance scheme that helps unemployed people become self-employed. If you receive certain benefits and have a workable business idea, you could get help from a mentor and financial support in the form of a weekly allowance to help you start your business.

Support for women

Women in Enterprise by GOV.UK contains all of the places, organisations and networks, as well as the sources of government advice and resources, that can help you develop your business.

Support for disabled entrepreneurs

Disabled Entrepreneurs inspire and support disabled people to start up a profitable business. Their site has up-to-date news, networking opportunities, inspirational stories, information, special discounts on business services and more.

Action on Disability at Work UK (ADWUK) provides information, advice and support to disabled people and those with long term health conditions who run, or want to run, their own business.

Support for social entrepreneurs

UnLtd supports individuals who have their social ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change. UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from awards of funding to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.

Free consultation from an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

The ICAEW Business Advice Service provides professional advice for start-ups, including a free business advice session with a Chartered Accountant tailored to your needs. The ICAEW also has dozens of free reports available to download on a range of business topics.

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