Advice for start-ups

All the advice you need to get your business idea off the ground!

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning is funded by central government through the Education and Skills Funding Agency. There are several ways in which Buckinghamshire Adult Learning can support job seekers work towards setting up their own business, we offer FREE workshops and courses to develop your employability skills and improve your wellbeing. Topics include:

  • Study for a Level 2 Certificate in Creating a Business Start-Up through our new FREE Flexible Online Learning programme. You will work independently and at your own pace to complete an online workbook in your own time covering key topics including marketing, legal and financial considerations and developing a business plan.
  • Register your interest in studying for Setting up in Business courses and workshops delivered online in live, interactive sessions using Google Meets. Working for a small class you will identify viable business ideas, evaluate relevant marketing and financial strategies and assess risks and the available support going forward. 

Enquiries can be made by email to or call 01296 382403.

Guides on setting up a business

The complete government guide to everything you need to know, including choosing the right legal structure, picking the right premises and making sure you’re covered by the right insurance.

The Start Up Loan company also have developed this Essential guide to starting a business. For this essential guide click here.

Start-up advice and mentoring

Virgin Startup is full of advice on everything from creating a business logo and setting up an online shop to product testing and dealing with the unexpected, Virgin’s start-up mentors have well-earned experience to pass on to the next wave of business owners.

Support for 16-30 year-olds

Since 1983, Prince’s Trust has helped over 80,000 young people start their own business. If you’re aged 18-30, Prince’s Trust can help you turn your business idea into reality with a package of training and funding that includes access to a mentor.

Support for those out of work

Over 450 new businesses a week have been set up with the government's New Enterprise Allowance scheme that helps unemployed people become self-employed. If you receive certain benefits and have a workable business idea, you could get help from a mentor and financial support in the form of a weekly allowance to help you start your business.

Support for women

Women in Enterprise by GOV.UK contains all of the places, organisations and networks, as well as the sources of government advice and resources, that can help you develop your business.

Support for disabled entrepreneurs

Disabled Entrepreneurs inspire and support disabled people to start up a profitable business. Their site has up-to-date news, networking opportunities, inspirational stories, information, special discounts on business services and more.

Action on Disability at Work UK (ADWUK) provides information, advice and support to disabled people and those with long term health conditions who run, or want to run, their own business.

Support for social entrepreneurs

UnLtd supports individuals who have their social ventures firmly rooted in delivering positive social change. UnLtd operates a unique model by investing directly in individuals and offering a complete package of resources; from awards of funding to ongoing advice, networking and practical support.

Free consultation from an ICAEW Chartered Accountant

The ICAEW Business Advice Service provides professional advice for start-ups, including a free business advice session with a Chartered Accountant tailored to your needs. The ICAEW also has dozens of free reports available to download on a range of business topics.