Thinking of starting a business? Got an idea but not sure where to start? Fortunately, there is a wealth of support available to you! There are many online resources which provide detailed and helpful information about all the elements that you may need to consider when setting up your own business, from how to determine who your customers are, to how to deal with your finances correctly.

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General Help and Support

Thinking of starting a business? Got an idea but not sure how to start? We can help you with business planning, finding and keeping customers, managing money, and more.

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Business Planning

A business plan is really a road map of what you want to achieve and how you get there. If you're looking for funding, it should include financial forecasts based on realistic achievement levels.

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Running a Business from Home

Thinking of operating a business from home? Consider the factors from getting the right insurance to ensuring you're not breaking any rules from your mortgage provider or landlord.

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Premises

Depending on the type of start-up, you may need to find business premises. These can be spaces shared with other businesses or exclusive spaces, leased or owned, serviced or non serviced.

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Employing People

Taking on staff can feel like a daunting task but fortunately there is a lot of useful information available so that you can navigate your way through the requirements easily.

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Business Insurance

Everyday business activities come with risks. You can protect yourself with insurance which can cover you against mistakes, accidents, theft, damage and legal fees.

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Business Tax

Getting tax right is probably the most important aspect of running a business and one which can prevent sleepless nights.

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Legal Structure

What are the types of legal status you can choose? There are a number of different ways you can set up your business and each one has its advantages and disadvantages.

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Business Legislation

All businesses need to ensure that they are adhering to their legal obligations. Depending on the type of business activity, you may need to comply with additional requirements.

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Market Research

Market research can help you minimize risk, identify new opportunities, and communicate better with your customers. Learn more about providing well-targeted goods and services.

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Training / Courses / Events

Take advantage of the wide range of free training and support courses available to all types of businesses.

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Import and Export

Doing business with Europe has changed and there are new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring, as well as providing services to, or living and working in the EU.

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Setting Up a Tourism Business

Everything you need to know about the Law and Tourism Businesses, including getting you accommodation quality assessed, national and regional trends, and marketing opportunities.

Help for Your Business

Starting Your Business

When setting up your own business, preparation is key - we're here to provide guidance and signposting to ensure you are well equipped to deal with the journey ahead. Get the information you may need when starting up and running your business, as well as further advice and useful links.

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Running Your Business

Setting up and running a business can be a challenge but help is on hand from Derbyshire Dales District Council and others to help make the journey as painless as possible. Established businesses can get help directly from our business adviser and many other useful resources.

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Growing Your Business

Once your business is well-established and profitable you may want to grow and expand it further. If you are not satisfied with maintaining your current operation and want to increase your market share, and profits, you'll need to develop a solid strategy for business growth.

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Funding Your Business

Whether you are looking to launch a start-up, expand your current business, or become more resource efficient, you will most likely need some financial support. Business funding can come in many forms and we are ideally placed to advise you on the latest and most suitable options.

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