Taking the first steps

General start-up advice

Just starting?

The Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub is a good place to start. Check the starting in business section of their website or contact their business helpline:

The Gov.UK website provides a comprehensive guide to the things you need to think about including an on-line start-up organiser.

Are you going into business alone?

Free advice for those wishing to go into business on their own is available from Business Enterprise Support (BES).

Help for 18 to 30 year olds starting out in business

Money and support to help 18-30 year olds start up in business is available from the Prince's Trust business programme.

Help for graduates

Both Keele and Staffordshire Universities offer a range of support for local entrepreneurs ranging from ideas generation to professional development.