Overview of the regulations and requirements for setting up a business
Starting a business can be an exciting time, however there is also a lot of information out there on what you need to do which can be daunting. This page will give you the information you need to help start up a new business including how to set up and register, relevant business regulation and help with business basics such as business plans.
Information and advice
Contains links to templates, sample business plans and instructions
The British Library IP Centre has a wide range of business planning resources and events you can attend
All limited companies in the UK, and overseas companies with a branch or place of business in the UK need to be registered with Companies House.
How to register a new business and create an HMRC online account
The ICAEW has a service to help you find a chartered accountant near you.
Information and guidance and events
Find out whether you need a licence for your business activity
If your business operates across several local authorities, you only need to follow the advice and guidance of one.
Check what regulations may apply to your product
How to find out whether your goods are controlled and whether you need an export licence