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Starting your own business or working for yourself requires careful planning, research and preparation.
Whether you have a clear vision or are not sure where to start, this page details where you can find help and support to turn your idea into a business.
Get help to start up and succeed in business with free start up workshops brought to you by Preston City Council, South Ribble and Chorley Councils.
Booking is essential for these workshops.
To book your place please email: Linda at Orvia on email@example.com or telephone 01772 429290.
Hyndburn Enterprise Trust offers one-to-one impartial business advice free of charge to anyone thinking of starting a business in Lancashire.
They also help new and established small to medium businesses.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01254 600625.
They can also provide Start Up Loans and are business advisers for the Government's Start and Grow programme which has a small administration fee.
The government’s website Business is Great has a dedicated section on starting up to guide you through each step.
You can also get support and advice over the phone by calling the Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565 or by talking to an advisor online.
Boost provides access to a range of funded programmes including the Growth Support Programme from Winning Pitch and Enterprise4all which offers practical advice, support and coaching for owners of high-growth start-ups and early-start businesses.
Email email@example.com or call 0800 488 0057.
If you are aged between 18 and 30 and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week you could get help to start up in business from the Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme.
Groundwork will help you with advice and support to set up your business through the Building Better Opportunities: Age of Opportunity programme for those aged over 50.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SELNET offers specialist business advice for social enterprises including starting a business.
Email email@example.com or tel 01772 200690.
If you are interested in setting up a co-operative, or want more information, events and networks, we have a dedicated co-operatives section on our website.
If you're thinking of starting a food business find out what you need to know, plus the food hygiene and safety legislation requirements you must meet from the beginning by seeing starting a food business.
Written by local businesses, Preston Guild City's business blog is a great way of getting inside tips and advice from established businesses across Preston. It is also useful for keeping up to date with local business news.
You can search for offices in Preston from our business property section using our free search.
Many premises offer special services for start up companies such as rent-a-desk, incubation support, co-working and virtual offices.
In Preston some of these are Recycling Lives, Cotton Court, Preston Business Centre, Society1 and Riversway Managed Workshops
Start Up Loans - If you are aged over 18 with a viable business plan, you could apply for a government-backed Start Up Loan.
The amount you can borrow will be based on your business plan.
Please contact Lancashire Community Finance for more information, who also provide advice and mentoring.
Virgin Start Up is also a delivery partner for the Start Up Loans and its website has advice and offers for start up businesses.
Enterprise Allowance is for those claiming Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) and looking to establish a new business. Contact your local JCP office for details.
Our own Business Finance and Grants section of the website has more information on some of the funding available for all businesses.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.