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Set up your own business

Working for yourself? Be your own boss

Changing the way the way we live and work during lockdown and Covid-19 has made many of us reflect on what we want from life and has created new opportunities to start a business.


Has time spent in lockdown made you realise you’d rather be your own boss and be self-employed? Perhaps you’ve been made redundant and have decided to invest in setting up in business? 


If you need support and guidance to turn your business idea into a reality, Skills Launchpad Plymouth can point you in the right direction. If you have a business idea start with a business plan, work out your start-up costs and how you will finance a business. Think carefully about your customers and how will you promote your business.  


This may feel overwhelming – but there is lots of support and help out there to help make your dreams a reality, with many purpose designed start up spaces to work from in Plymouth.

Ready to be your own boss? Find out more here:

Speak to a careers advisor

Call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 for help to identify skills that could be useful in a range of different roles.

Seetec Pluss

Seetec Pluss have a dedicated self-employment team that tailors support to the individual and their business goal. Your Self-Employment Advisor will guide you through the legal and financial requirements of going self-employed, work on the development of your brand and marketing plan, and encourage a clear understanding of your audience and where you want your business to go.

We also offer specialist support for people with a learning disability, Autism and for people trying to overcome life's additional barriers - from support with mental health, health and wellbeing to housing, benefits or debt. We are here every step of the way.

Useful websites

Plymouth City Council advice

Plymouth’s Business Parks, Science Park and office space

This includes the City Business Park and the Business Centre. The Formation Zone at the University of Plymouth and the Plymouth Science Park provides workspace and laboratories for the creative and STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), supporting new and growing knowledge-based companies.

Plymouth Social Enterprise Network

Plymouth is a hot-spot for social enterprise activity in the UK and is developing as a global ‘social enterprise city’. If you are thinking about starting a Social Enterprise in Plymouth make contact for funding advice and business planning support.

Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

Heart of the South West Growth Hub

Princes Trust Enterprise

Support if you’re self-employed or run a business for those aged 18-30

Government advice – Working for yourself

If you already work for yourself and have been negatively impacted by Covid-19 then there are national and local organisations offering guidance and support to help get you through these difficult times including:

Business Debt line - gives advice about dealing with business debts

Support for Employers from Jobcentre Plus

Useful links to support you if you want to work for yourself with Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed Make an informed choice locally. Find out about Plymouth’s current employment picture and learn about our industry sectors which are growing fast creating new job opportunities now and in the future Get your own free impartial 1-1 Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities