Help with your big idea

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 webinars 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. You will need to log into the Handshake platform to access our appointments section. Please select Enterprise Advice form the category options, to book an appointment with one of our advisors.


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 a range of topics including:

  • 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.