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Business Start up

You may have a great idea. You may want to be your own boss. Making the jump from a great idea to a sustainable and profitable business can be exciting but also challenging. If you are thinking of starting a business then you need to consider:

key business skills

Do you have the right qualities & skills to run your own business?

Starting a business means that you can do something you are good at and passionate about. You are probably good at the core skills of making your product or delivering your service but some of the new areas such as sales and marketing or finance can be a bit more of a challenge. We can help you find the training that you need.

business Start up Training

viable business idea

Is your business idea viable?

It's important that you carry out some background work. Think through your product and service, identify your customers and market, and understand your competitors. What are the set-up and running costs of the business and how much money will you need to get started? What price you can charge? Armed with this information you can prepare your business plan. It helps to set clear goals and know how to achieve them. Business planning can seem daunting but basically it's common sense. We can help to guide you through this.

Business start up Planning

business funding

Please note that the grant funding has now ceased for the CX Project.

Please contact Business Gateway for further support and advice on 01387 808738.

business premises

Do you need business premises?

Some people decide to start their business from home, others prefer to have business premises. If you would like our help to find a suitable location and get the right planning advice, just click here.

Business Start up premises advice

Your Contact Point

So if you are thinking of starting a new business in Annandale and Eskdale then we can help you get going. Have a look at some of our case studies to see the work we have done.

You can contact Business Gateway at or on 01387 808738.