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 UK’s largest, longest serving, and most comprehensive small business advice platform, covering everything you need to know to start, buy, run, or sell a business.
In 2018, 99.3% of all private sector businesses in the UK were small businesses. These businesses generated a combined annual turnover of £2 trillion, and accounted for 60% of all private sector employment. In short, the UK’s small business community is the backbone of the economy.
That’s why Startups.co.uk exists: to make sure our vibrant enterprise sector continues to thrive in the future, through small business ideas, free business advice, and business inspiration.
To get in touch with the team, visit our Contact Us.
Startups.co.uk offers a wealth of evergreen business advice for entrepreneurs at any stage on their business journey.
Whether your ambitions extend to a local high street shop or a global enterprise, the following sections provide invaluable advice, business inspiration and support.
What to start
Want to start a business, but don’t yet have a killer idea? This is the section for you.
Check out our in-depth ‘How to start’ guides to get the low-down on some of the most popular start-up ideas.
Limited resources? How about business ideas to start for under £10,000?
Keen to have a positive impact on the world? A social business idea could be for you.
Or if you’re not yet ready to commit to a full-time start-up, try our part-time business suggestions. There’s something for everyone.
How to do it
There’s a lot to get to grips with when starting and growing a business, and it can be overwhelming. But don’t worry – our ‘How to do it’ section has you covered.
Services and products
If you want to project professionalism, you’ll need the right products for the job. Startups.co.uk and its partners are here to help.
Our buyers guides help you understand, compare, and purchase a range of absolutely essential products and services.
To name a few….
Funding and legal
Whatever your growth plans, funding can provide you with the liquid capital to grow your business. But not every type of finance is right for every business. Find out which suits your needs by visiting our sections on:
- Private equity
- Venture funding
- Angel finance
- And more…
You may not want to think about it, but red tape and regulation are a necessary evil for every business. Get clued up on GDPR, insurance and tax to avoid court cases, fines, and even failure.
Finally, where would we be without a bit of inspiration?
Startups.co.uk has a history of shining a light on the best of UK small business through a number of renowned campaigns and features. Disruptors, innovators, we want to hear from you.
Many of the start-ups we’ve identified in our 19-year history have gone on to become household names and changed the face of long-established industries.
- Startups 100 – the definitive annual index of the 100 best start-ups launched in the previous three years
- Young Guns – our pick of the 30 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 35 (who have to have either raised £1m, or be turning over £1m)
- Startups Awards – the longest-running awards ceremony of its kind, celebrating outstanding small businesses across a range of categories
We also give brand new businesses a platform to get their first piece of media coverage in our ‘Just Started’ section.
If you want to get involved in any of our features, visit our contact us page!
Startups.co.uk’s features and campaigns have won praise and coverage in a number of major publications, including:
Meet the team
Bryn Glover – Editor
Alex English – Deputy Editor
Jonathan Young – Product Owner
Sophia Patsikas – Campaign Manager
Henry Williams – Content Manager
Lucy Wayment – Content Manager
Scarlett Cook – Writer
Poppy Mortiboys-Harrison – Writer
Julia Watts – Writer
Startups.co.uk also features contributions from a number of industry leading experts, who provide invaluable insights on everything from funding to fleet management.