Business start-up advice

Getting started

Help from the Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub

The Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub can provide a wealth of information on starting your own business. Check the starting in business section of their website or contact the business helpline:

Your first steps

See the taking the first steps page to find out more about:

  • general start-up advice
  • preparing a business plan
  • company name and structure
  • premises for small businesses

Finance for business

See the financial matters page to find out more about:

  • Grants and loans
  • Business Rates
  • VAT and income tax

Further information

Some businesses may have to comply with statutory requirements, for example if they need a licence to operate. Find out more about:

  • do I need a licence for my business?
  • do I need planning permission?
  • food related businesses

If the topic you need help with is not covered here, or if you would like to discuss an issue in more detail, please contact the Economic Regeneration team.