One of the most common reasons for start-up businesses getting into difficulty is that people do not understand what is involved in running a business.
Many self-employed business people work long hours and, although this can be hugely rewarding, it's important to be prepared. These links will give you more information about what you need to get started and what issues you might face.
CW Growth Hub, a public-funded business support organisation, aims to help businesses in the district to grow and prosper. It works with Stratford-on-Avon District Council to advise businesses on a range of issues, including:
CW Growth Hub's team of experienced account managers have all lived in Coventry and Warwickshire for many years and have worked with a wide range of businesses to support growth, create jobs and increase turnover and profitability.
Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce offers courses that are designed to help you get started including getting your business plan written.
CWT Chamber Training is a leading provider of training and development, including apprenticeships for young people and adults as well as higher education and business-to-business courses. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, it works closely with employers to design and develop courses that are up-to-date and relevant to industry and individual needs.
Warwickshire County Council provides resources to help you through that initial set up, including links to online courses and access to business start-up units.
The Great Business campaign is a partnership between private enterprise and Government to highlight support for businesses and to encourage entrepreneurial spirit.
The campaign wants to encourage you to take the leap to start up a business or grow your existing one - develop your ideas, write your business plan, employ more staff or start exporting.
The campaign helps you make your business idea happen. Whether you're looking to test your ideas or develop your financial and planning skills, it gives you the support and inspiration you are looking for. It also provides links to key business support tools, highlighting top tools available from across the Government and a whole range of providers.
The gov.uk website offers information and advice on everything you will need to consider when starting a new business.