Stage 1 – I’m still thinking or just starting up

acornStarting a Business

Getting off to the best start

About this stage

If you’re thinking of starting a business, you’ll do much better if you find out what is most likely to work for you before you get started. Some business ideas will be better for you than others and making the right choice up-front will make a huge difference to the outcome. With a little preparation, guidance, and feedback you’ll be able to approach and plan your new business with more confidence and a far greater chance of success.

Businesses, just like trees, need to be planted in the right soil, position and climate in order to survive, flourish and bear fruit.  The most successful gardeners are those who find out what these are before they plant the tree. Just sticking it in the ground and hoping for the best doesn’t always work!

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How we can help you at this stage…


We offer a wide range of business skills workshop in all sorts of subjects to help you start up and build a successful business. Click here to see our forthcoming events. We regularly add new ones, so don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter so that you receive details.


We realise it can feel daunting but it really is NEVER too early to start attending networking events – even if you just have a fledgling idea or are looking for inspiration from others who’ve taken the plunge. Our monthly networking events will help you meet other people in the same boat as you and help you become part of our amazing and supportive local business community. Our events also include education business advice talks too, so that you’ll always come away with ideas and inspiration.  Click here for more details.


It can be helpful to have some help or advice at this early stage to help you start a business that is right for you. We can help you work out what business to choose if you don’t already know, or help you develop your idea into something viable. We can also help you to understand how to get off to the best start possible so that your business can grow and flourish. Click here for more information about our 1-2-1 coaching

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