Running Your Own Business

Whether you’re starting out in business or are an established artist or arts organisation there’s business information relevant for you. Here are some handy business tips, help & advice to help to along the way. 

TOOLKITS
Business Support Pack (pdf)
This pack gives you all the basic information you need when setting up your enterprise. The pack looks at Legal structures; Marketing plan guidelines; Pricing your work; Time management; IPR; Business planning guidelines; Business plan template and Cash flow.

Nesta
www.nesta.org.uk
Nesta’s creative enterprise toolkit aims to help creative individuals take their bright ideas and turn them into successful businesses. The toolkit provides guidance, activities, downloadable worksheets and case studies to challenge individuals to draw on their creative and personal strengths.

T-Shirts and Suits (pdf)
T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity is an enterprise guide which was specifically written and designed for entreperneurs in the creative and cultural industries.

BUSINESS INFORMATION

Business Hub Kirklees
www.kirkleesbusinesshub.com
Business Hub Kirklees is the local one-stop-shop for business support and is free to join. As a business you can use the Hub to find grants and funding, tender opportunities, get business advice, search for premises and get the latest business news and events from Kirklees.

Creative Industry Finance
www.creativeindustryfinance.org.uk
Creative Industry Finance assists creative and cultural companies to become sustainable, thriving businesses. Their programme offers free, expert business advice and support and help to access finance so that your creative business can develop and grow.  

Gov.UK

www.Gov.UK
The Gov.Uk website has essential information, support and services for you and your business. A useful place to go to find guidance on starting up or growing your business, online tools, regulations and government services, and best practice case studies.

HMRC Help for Small Businesses
www.hmrc.gov.uk
HMRC has developed E-Learning products for small businesses, such as Starting in Business; the Ready Reckoner which calculates how much tax you have to pay on your profit; and information on Business expenses for the Self-employed.

Prince's Trust Business Programme
www.princes-trust.org.uk  
Young people wishing to start up their own business can apply for funding and other support through the Prince's Trust Business Programme. The programme can provide support to young people who are; aged 18-30; unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week; and living in England or Northern Ireland.

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

ACAS
www.acas.org.uk
ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.