Start a business

Jobs and training

Have you ever considered starting a business? You can employ yourself, be your own boss and work the hours you choose. For many people employing themselves can be a route out of unemployment.

For those unable to work a full time, regular job it provides the flexibility to choose the hours they can work, designed around their caring or other commitments.

Help with Outset

If you are thinking about starting your own business, you can access impartial advice and guidance from experienced business advisers through the Councils partnership with Outset.

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Understanding your legal, tax and other responsibilities.

People who have run their own business often recommend that you seek advice from qualified, experienced advisers before starting a business to help you decide if self-employment is really for you. This includes understanding your legal, tax and other responsibilities.


You will also need to decide if there is enough of a market for your business idea and if it is able to generate enough profits to pay you the salary you need to cover your household costs. You can do this by attending workshops to give you some understanding of the issues involved. They often take place over a few days and can be followed up with some personal business advice to help tailor the learning to your business idea and any issues it may raise for you.

View the councils business support pages for more information on starting and running a successful business.