Business Advice

Growing your business

Runnymede Business Boost

Did you know Runnymede businesses have access to bespoke specialist business advice free of charge?

Our Runnymede Business Boost programme offers free one-to-one business advice, workshops, peer networking opportunities, and grants of up to £5,000 to small businesses in Runnymede.

Find out more about this free service here.

EM3 Growth Hub

Alternatively, the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) run a specialist Growth Hub for Surrey and Hampshire businesses which provides tailored, individual support to businesses to help them grow. 

The Growth Hub is fully free of charge to businesses and is funded by the UK Government. Their advisors are fully trained and all have experience in growing their own successful businesses.

For more information or to book a free appointment with a growth advisor, visit the EM3 Growth Hub website

Starting a new business

When starting a business there are many things to consider. You will need to research your market and identify what finances and resources you will need to get started. You will need to complete research and organise your ideas by setting these out in a business plan.

Here are some useful guides and toolkits to help you start your business:

GOV.UK - get help with writing a business plan to get your idea off the ground. 

SYOB - download a free, easy to understand, information pack to help you start your own business.

British Library (Business and IP Centre) - Get support to get your business started.

If you are unemployed you may be eligible for free support to help you develop your business plan and support with accessing finance.

Business Continuity Planning

Does your business have a continuity plan?

Business continuity is about helping you to keep your business going when facing some form of disruption, such as pandemics, fires, floods, snows, IT failures or power losses.

It is important that your business has plans in place to deal with these issues.

We have created a free resource providing all the top tips and all the neccesary information to create your own business continuity plans.

Creating a business continuity plan