Starting a business

Starting a business can be daunting and people often wonder where to start. There are some great sources of information and support available to help get your business off the ground.  

Business Workshops 

Burnley Council offer a suite of three business workshops, ideal for new businesses, or anyone considering setting up for the first time. The three workshops are delivered by experienced professionals and cover business start-up essentials, marketing and finance.  

For more details and availability contact us at

Support, advice and mentoring – Boost

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. Through Boost, businesses have access to funded programmes for start-up and early stage businesses, and high growth established businesses, as well as a business mentoring service. You can contact the Boost team on 0800 488 0057.

Business Planning 

Creating a business plan is one of the most important things you need to do when starting out. If you haven’t been on our Business Essentials workshop, there are some other online resources where you can find business planning templates and support for creating your business plan. 

Prince’s Trust 

The Prince’s Trust offer advice and support to young people aged 18-30. However, anyone can download their business plan templates from the Prince’s Trust website


The website has lots of advice on setting up and growing your business including business planning. They also cover a range of topics in more detail including registering your business with HMRC, self-employment and tax. 

British Business Bank 

The British Business Bank have a free business plan template which anyone can download. They also offer start-up loans, mentoring and advice for new-start businesses. 

Financial help for starting up a business 

You may be able to apply for a start-up loan from the British Business Bank as mentioned above. However before applying for any financial support you will always need to complete a business plan. 

See our financial support page for more information on where to find financial help and support for your business. 

HM Revenue and Customs Business Support

HM Revenue and Customs offers tools and guidance for business from setting up, business planning and record keeping. The comprehensive website includes fact sheets and information on essential topics such as tax, importing and exporting.  Visit GOV.UK to find out more.

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