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Running a business may seem daunting, especially if you are doing so for the first time.

The Careers and Employment service have designed relevant resources to provide you with a wealth of information in developing your business idea, whether you're working through the early stages of an idea or you're already up and running.

Business canvas

A useful activity when starting a business is to write a business plan or canvas. This can help to set out your thinking in a structured way. The key areas for consideration might include:

  • People and Operations
  • Products and Services
  • Market and Competitor Research
  • Marketing
  • Swot Analysis and Potential Risks
  • Finance

Support workshops

A series of workshops, is run by the Careers and Employment service in the following areas, to support you through this process including:

  • Researching your business
  • Business planning
  • Writing your business plan
  • Financing your business
  • Networking for business
  • Building your online presence
  • Generating sales and marketing

We offer one-to-one advice sessions for more individual support on any questions you may have or if you need feedback on your ideas and plans.


In addition, we have access to a wealth of information on a huge range of subject areas to support you further. You can request information on any topic below.

  • Finding Business and Market Information
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Office and Premises
  • Personnel
  • Raising and Managing Finance
  • Starting a Business
  • Trading Abroad
  • Trading Legally
  • Understanding IT

Contact Careers and Employment Service if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the points above in more detail.