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Starting and growing your business

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Looking for help to start or grow your business? We can provide the support you need.

Advice for new business start-ups including finances, business plans, premises and marketing.

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Becoming self-employed

There are many attractions of becoming self-employed and many levels of support available for you to start up your own business or become self-employed.  

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Creating a business plan

To succeed all businesses should have a well developed business plan. A good plan gives your business the focus it requires to give you the best chance of success. 


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Keeping finances and records

Keeping accurate records of your financial transactions is a legal requirement for every business owner. There is a lot of help available to you including online self help from HM Revenue and Customs.

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Marketing your business

Developing a marketing strategy is vital for any business. Without one, your business won't be able to reach the right customers for its goods and services.

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Finding premises for your business

How you can find premises and what you should consider when looking for business premises in the East Riding  

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Getting financial help

As a self-employed person, you will need to consider what money you need to live on as well as money to start up the business and keep it going.

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Employing staff

When your business is ready to take on staff you should be aware of insurance, employment contracts, pay rates, pensions, health and safety and PAYE.

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Support and resources

There are various other council services that could be of assistance when starting up your own business along with other local support organisations.

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Success stories

Case study examples on some of the businesses that the council's business investment services team has helped to start up and grow.

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