Welsh Government

Prepare to launch

If you’ve made the decision to start a business we can direct you to the help and support available to you.

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The Business Wales Helpline acts as both an access point and an information service.  The Helpline team is able to provide tailored information and support while using a structured diagnostic to identify and provide access to more in-depth focused services.

The team of 9 Enquiry Officers based in North Wales will work with you through taking some basic information about you and your business idea to help them understand your needs.  They can then tell you about the most suitable support for you and signpost you to the next stage of your journey.

The team can be reached between 8:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday and offer a bilingual telephone diagnostic, information and signposting service.


Call the Business Wales Helpline team on 03000 6 03000 

Now that you’ve decided to take the plunge, you can get a range of services from Business Wales to help you get started and improve your chance of success. 

This support comes at no cost to you and includes:

  • locally run introduction sessions to get you thinking about running your own business and the pros and cons involved
  • a range of business skills workshops to help you build and plan your business
  • face to face advice surgery sessions with professional business advisers
  • ongoing 1 to 1 business advice to develop your business idea and support you once you have started trading
  • enhanced support to help if you have a business with the potential to grow and employ staff
  • information on the sources of finance

The support is tailor made for the individual and comes at no cost!


For information and to access the support click here 

We also work very closely with the following organisations that can also help you with information and support when setting up


Shell LiveWIRE is an online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) who are starting or running their own business
Careers Wales provides free, bilingual, impartial careers information, advice and guidance for all ages – bringing education and business together
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports unemployed young people ages 18-30 to work out if their business ideas viable and whether self employment is right for them
The National Centre for Entrepreneurship and Education aim is to raise the profile of entrepreneurship and the option of starting your own business as a career choice amongst students and graduates
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