There is a great deal of information and advice available for anyone wanting to start their own business, and much of this will be free to access. Starting a business is not an easy task, so careful consideration should be given, and a great deal of advice and research should be sought and undertaken.  

Here at the Careers Service we offer students access to 1-1 support for those that are interested in starting their own business, as well as workshops and training events.  Click on the Enterprise link to see more information about our Business Bootcamps.

The Careers Service has also written our own guide to Starting your own Business.

Thomson Local Resources

Thomson Local have created a one stop shop business resource hub, which includes advice on how to start a business from scratch, advice on securing funding and in depth guides on several popular sectors. You can take a look on the following links:

 All Projects -

 Business Funding Guide -

 General Guide to Setting up a Business -


National, Regional and Local Links

Please see the following links for more inforamtion:

Blue Orchid
Blue Orchid
British Chambers Of Commerce
British Chamber of Commerce
Business Bolton
Citizens Advice Bureau
Department for Business Innovation and Skills
Department for Business Innovation and Skills
eSeller Media
flying start
Flying Start
Graduate Prospects
hm Revenue
HM Revenue & Customs
Make It Happen
Make It Happen
National Enterprise Network
National Enterprise Network
Princes Trust
Prince's Trust
Shell Live Wire
Shell - Live Wire
Small Business UK
Small Business UK

It is also worth checking all the major high street banks and their individual websites as they will also offer a range of advice and support, including business plan advice.


Advice for Creative Industries

Kick Starter
Art Quest
freelance uk
Freelance UK
Arts Council
Arts Council England