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Are you thinking of starting a new business?

Unsure if self-employment is for you?

Free guidance every step of the way

Need help to turn your amazing ideas into reality? We have 25 years’ experience of helping entrepreneurs just like you.

They’ve gone on to do amazing things. Some have created successful companies you can see today, right here at the BIC’s business park.

Our dedicated Start Up service is designed to get you properly prepared to launch your own business.
The path of the entrepreneur isn’t always easy. But with us by your side helping you to do the right research and the proper planning, you can do it.

We’re a friendly bunch and we pride ourselves on our straightforward approach to business support. We like to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in because we know that’s what your business needs. Hard graft and helping hands.

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.

Choose your style of support

Entrepreneurs are busy people.You’re probably juggling all kinds of commitments and responsibilities between planning your exciting new business. That’s why we provide lots of ways to get support.

Build a support package that suits you. Pick and choose between:

  • Face to face meetings (currently over video chat)
  • Group workshops
  • Resources to read at home
  • Ongoing phone and email support

Get answers to your questions

  • How much money will I need to start a business?
  • Where can I find investment for my business?
  • How do I get a grant or a loan for my business?
  • Do I need a business plan to start a business?
  • Is there a proven demand for my products or services?
  • Can I turn a hobby into a business?
  • When should I quit my day job and go fulltime with my business?
  • How do I register a new business?
  • Who will help me get my new business off the ground?
  • Can I base my business from home?
  • Can I get help to develop a prototype?
  • How do I find a reliable supplier for my business?


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

“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.”

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