Being self employed and running your own business is a viable option for many students and graduates.

The University of Bedfordshire Research & Innovation Service can provide you with support and incubation space to help you get your own business off the ground including:

  • Help you create your business plan
  • Research your market
  • Create your pitch
  • Structure your company finances

They will also help you forecast your revenue and expenditure, and introduce you to funding schemes.

Whether you’re planning a technology revolution or want to set up a social enterprise, help will be available. Find out more at Research and Innovation Service - Working with Us

The following organisations offer information and advice. Some also provide funding to help you get started.

  • GOV.UK - starting up your own business
  • Prince's Trust - supports young people in setting up their own business
  • Prospects - website dedicated to graduates
  • Shell Live Wire - online community for young entrepreneurs
  • Wenta - 'one-stop-shop' for business support

See our leaflet Self Employment - a quick guide to setting up your own business [PDF]

Or visit the First Steps to Starting your Own Business article on Beds Career Builder.

Start-up Loans - offers government-backed personal loans for business purposes.

Starting Your Own Business is an e-Learning tool produced by HMRC.

This will help you understand your obligations as a business owner in respect of tax and VAT.

Have a go at the Sage quiz to find out if you are ready!


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