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Setting up your own business

Need help setting up your own business?

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises

Oxfordshire Business Enterprises (OBE) can provide you with an experienced business advisor to provide free advice on all aspects of starting and running your own business.  Support is available as early as when you are thinking of starting, through the start-up phase and/or during the first few years of operation.

OBE can help you, for example, to look at:

  • your initial ideas and check their viability
  • what type of company to set up (a limited company, sole trader etc.)
  • preparation or review of your business plan
  • pricing
  • market research and marketing
  • matters specific to your business
  • establishing an action plan.

A one-to-one meeting can be arranged for you at a local venue such as Banbury, Bicester or Oxford.


The Enterprise Programme. Prince's Trust

How to start a business: The Enterprise Programme

Imagine being your own boss: no-one telling you what to do, choosing your own hours and making your own money. Your success will be down to you.


Oxford Business Mentors

It's free. It's confidential. It's delivered by business owners.
Running your own business can be an emotional roller-coaster. 
You enjoy running your own business because there is something exciting and fulfilling about measuring and taking risks and succeeding. There is something amazing about being independent in thought and action.
Oxford Business Mentors understand all of this because they all run their own businesses too. They offer you their business experience. They will listen to you, and by asking powerful questions they can help you to see things differently.


Working for yourself? Do you have lots of questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses? If so, this HMRC e-learning course is for you. 

This course will build your confidence by guiding you through everything you need to know to get started. There are useful tips from others who have been where you are now and practical case studies to help you along the way.

And why not attend an online presentation? Webinars are free and enable you to attend a seminar without leaving your desk. HMRC offers a wide variety of live and pre-recorded webinars on subjects such as business expenses for the self-employed, operating PAYE in real time, statutory sick pay, VAT awareness and many more.  For more detail see HMRC Help and support for businesses.


If you're looking to do business abroad, Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises with their exporting and international trade needs. The website contains extensive exporting resources from government and specialist organisations as well as a popular Q&A section where business owners can ask questions of the wider community and get the answers they need. See Open to Export online community for UK exporters.

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