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 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. You can read more about our track record on our Wikipedia page.

In 2021, 99.0% of all private sector businesses in the UK were SMEs. These businesses generated 52% of turnover in the private sector, and accounted for 61% of all 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.

Whether your ambitions extend to a local high street shop or a global enterprise, the following sections provide invaluable advice, business inspiration and support.

Skip ahead if you want to find any specific information.

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.

From naming your business and branding, to getting online, choosing suppliers and taking on staff, we give you the tools to go from start-up to scale-up.

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.

These include:

To name just 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
  • Crowdfunding

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.

Get inspired

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 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.

Media coverage

Startups.co.uk’s features and campaigns have won praise and coverage in a number of major publications, including:

Meet the team

  • Richard Parris – Editor
  • Jonny Young – Senior SEO Specialist
  • Zohra Huda – Content Manager
  • Helena Young – Senior Writer
  • Ross Darragh – Writer
  • Alec Hawley – Writer
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