Starting a business

Many people choose to start a business every year. This maybe because they have identified a market niche, have additional specialised knowledge or want to turn a pastime into a career.

There are many aspects to a business that have to be considered when starting out, for example Finance, Marketing, Legal requirements, Human Resources to name but a few. This can be very daunting, but there are a number of resources available to help you through the process of creating a successful business.

Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Hub

The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Hub offers support to pre-start entrepreneurs and new start up businesses in the North West to help access the expertise and knowledge needed to develop your skills and grow your business.


GOV.UK provide information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus offers an extensive range of free services to help reduce costs and grow your business, including advertising your jobs free of charge on the Find a Job service to millions of jobseekers and help and advice on workplace pensions.

For further details on the advice and support available, please telephone 0800 169 0178.

HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs has developed a range of useful tools to help new businesses understand tax and National insurance responsibilities and has created a Ready Reckoner calculator to provide guidance on how much money to set aside for Tax and National Insurance.

Local sources of help

Useful links

In addition to the local resources, the following national organisations offer further advice and information:

  • Prince's Trust offers a wide range of support and advice to young people aged 18-30, whether you are unemployed or are looking to start your own business.
  • Shell LiveWIRE supports entrepreneurs aged 16-30.


Cheshire East Council provides a personalised commercial property finding service and has an interactive sites and premises database. Visit our Commercial Sites and Premises database to search for property.