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Self Employment

Help to get you started in your own business

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

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

  • - starting up your own business
  • Prince's Trust - supports young people in setting up their own business
  • Prospects - website dedicated to graduates
  • SEMSUP - South East Midlands Start Up Programme
  • Shell Live Wire - online community for young entrepreneurs
  • Thomsonlocal - interactive guide to starting a business

See our leaflet Self Employment - a quick guide to setting up your own business - PDF 453.2 KB


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

HM Revenue and Customs - starting your own business Understanding Tax & VAT

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.

Thomson Local

View interactive version

Bedfordshire University

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