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Are you thinking of starting a new business?

Unsure if self-employment is for you?

Guidance every step of the way

Our fully-funded business support service is designed to help simplify the process and the team at the BIC are here every step of your start-up journey.

Whether a change in circumstances has created new opportunities or you have spotted a gap in the market and want to turn a hobby into a business, our expert advisers provide bespoke 1-2-1 support to meet your specific needs.

Meet like-mind business people and learn the basics of running a business at one of our regular workshops. 


Is Self-Employment for You

Explore whether self-employment is the best option for you.

  • Discuss your business idea and it's prospects
  • Learn the basics of planning a new business
  • Research your market

Getting Customers

An interactive workshop packed full of practical marketing hints and tips.
  • An intro to marketing
  • Planning your marketing
  • Selecting customer groups
  • Selecting the right marketing methods

Cash Flow and Record Keeping

Get support with all financial matters related to your new business

  • Cash flow
  • Profit and loss
  • Personal survival budget
  • How to keep relevant records for HMRC

How can we help?

Free one-to-one advice

Advice on everything from business planning and market research, to registering your business and paying taxes.

On-going business support

We don’t just send you on your way after your appointment. We keep in regular contact and support you throughout the entire process.

Funding and loan advice

If you need capital to start your business we can help sign-post you in the right direction.

“The BIC offers all the advice and guidance you need. Ron was great with writing a business plan and doing my accounts. He guided me through and made it a logical process.”

Would you like to see an adviser?