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Starting a business can be an exciting time, but getting the right guidance and support along your journey can make the difference when it comes to start up success.

Residents in the Liverpool City Region have great ambition and entrepreneurial spirit and we want to embrace and support your business idea to become a reality. If you are a local resident and thinking of starting a business, this webpage will provide you with a wide variety of information to help you on your journey. Learn about the legal implications of running a business, business planning and market research plus many other areas that you may need to consider.

This webpage has been created by Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton, Wirral Councils to support local residents.

Once you have explored the self-help information provided, click on the details below to contact your local business support team to develop your business idea further.

Not sure where to start?

Read our Comprehensive Guide to Starting Your Own Business


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Business planning

  • Business Plan templates
  • Market Research Tools
  • Useful planning articles
Find out more

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Business Set Up

  • Company Structures
  • Employing First Staff
  • Protecting Your Ideas
Find out more

Start Up Finance

  • Accessing Start up Loans
  • LCR Finance Hub
  • Understanding Tax and National Insurance
Find out more

Marketing & Sales

  • Marketing Planning templates
  • Useful marketing articles
  • Pricing and promotion
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Start Up Events

Jun 24

Start-Up Support: Be Your Own Boss

Jun 25

Start-Up Support: How important is branding?

Jun 27

The journey from bright idea to closing your first funding round


Our funders

This project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared
Prosperity Fund with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as the lead

For more information, visit UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus – GOV.UK

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