About us

Hello, we’re Startups.co.uk

…the UK’s leading independent, online resource for anyone starting and growing a business.

Established in 2000, we are the longest serving, largest and most comprehensive advice platform available covering everything you need to know to start, buy, run or sell a business.

To get in touch with the team visit our Contact Us page or click here to find out more about advertising with us.

96% of business owners find our business information sites helpful—we hope you do, too.

Why not join our Startups community today and let us help you build a better business.

Time for a change

Now in its 18th year (!!), we’re making some changes to Startups. They are designed to make your user experience better.

Our goal has always been to provide the best possible support to the fantastic start-up and entrepreneurial community – to do this we want the site to be leaner, faster and even more useful.

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What’s new


The Startups Forum will no longer be active, BUT we absolutely want to keep the dialogue open with readers. Please continue to comment and ask questions on posts, feel free to drop us an email or get involved in a discussion on social media.

To provide you with great answers to important questions, we’ve looked closely at the Forum threads you valued most and enhanced many of our guides.

We’ll be monitoring comments and discussions to inform our content – so if you want us to expand on a certain topic within an article – or have a question we haven’t answered – we’ll try our best to do so.

Content focus

The majority of our content will focus more on providing the best answers to the biggest questions small business owners have.

We are focusing less on news and profiles in favour of providing even more practical content that will really help you get started, whether that’s an in-depth guide on how to start a taxi business or a blow-by-blow explanation of how to register a new business.

That’s not to say we won’t be keeping abreast of the latest start-up news or still running inspirational profiles (we absolutely will) but our main focus will be step-by-step guides, peppered with expert commentary, start-up insights and practical examples.

We’ve built a reputation for spotting trends and delivering in-depth reports that inform and inspire. Whether it’s knowing the hottest business ideas to start, finding out where the best place to locate your business, hearing how others were inspired to start a business when travelling, the best markets to set up your a stall, or who the brightest young entrepreneurs are, we’ve got it covered.

What we’re looking for from PRs

We will still be running some news stories and profiles, such as Just Started and The Entrepreneur, but primarily we’re looking for expert comments to add to our guides – as well as real-life case studies from small business owners.

And we continue to run some of the biggest and best award schemes to celebrate the UK’s greatest entrepreneurial businesses.

From our index of the country’s top 100 new businesses to the Startups Awards, which is the longest-running national scheme for start-ups, there are great ways for companies to get the recognition they deserve.

We also have Young Guns, the annual naming of entrepreneurs aged 35 or under behind 30 of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses.

Get in touch

For PR enquiries contact Grace Garland on gracegarland@startups.co.uk

For commercial enquiries contact Bryn Glover on brynglover@startups.co.uk

For events enquiries contact Georgia Garofalo on events@startups.co.uk

We regret that we are unable to offer individual business advice.


CEO of Startups.co.uk, Michael Teixeira is also CEO of one of the UK’s fastest growing tech firms; MVF. The former CFO is on a mission to take the Startups’ brand to new heights.

Editorial director

Ian Wallis has been a business journalist for over 16 years and knows the start-ups and growing business space inside out.

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Lucy Wayment has worked in both print and digital and is passionate about all things content. She prides herself on promoting exciting start-up talent and is always open to interesting content or collaboration propositions.

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Senior SEO executive

Tasked with transforming our buyers’ guides, Bryn Glover is applying his SEO expertise to bring you informative content on everything from pensions to HR.

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Content marketing executive

Working closely with our clients to deliver killer commercial campaigns, Henry Williams loves writing engaging and useful content that really performs.

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Editorial assisstant

Julia Watts is our right-hand woman; assisting the team in creating great pieces of content, managing core profile Q&As, and working on branded content campaigns.

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Staff writer

A trained journalist, “Synergy Shane” works tirelessly to ensure the site serves the needs of the small business community like no other. When not in the office, he can be found roving about the UK’s start-up scene – discovering and reporting on all things enterprise.

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Staff writer

Xanthe Gilmore joins us after a former life developing blue-chip brand campaigns and BAFTA-winning film scripts. She’s passionate about entrepreneurship, coding, and writing the most helpful content for small businesses.

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Staff writer

Scarlett Cook has spent several years living, travelling and working overseas and is now passionate about writing great content to help start-ups on their journeys.

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Events manager

With over 10 years’ industry experience, Elicia Nairn is our authority on all things events. From the Startups Awards to Young Guns, Startups’ events manager Elicia is a pro in creating and organising events that deliver results.

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Events and marketing assistant

Georgia Garofalo works alongside Elicia to deliver the best events for UK start-ups. Contact Georgia for any questions about our awards or upcoming workshops or panels.

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Sales director

Heading up all things sales, Jon Seymour would give Don Draper a run for his money…

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Event sales manager

An eternal networker, Babs Ofori-Acquah manages all things partnerships. She is passionate about connecting people and probably spends more time out meeting people than in the office!

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Sales executive

Nick Brightman is a sales machine – and he’s hungry to build and develop new and existing client relationships.

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Marketing mogul

A tech pro and all-round website guru, Jonny Young makes things happen.