Starting up and Business Planning

Starting a business can be rewarding and invigorating, but it can also be risky and challenging. The survival rate for start ups is low - it is estimated that up to one third of new business fail in their first year. However, the good news is that many new starts do survive and those that seek support have an even better chance of success.

Find a Business Idea

If you're looking to start a new business we have hundreds of free factsheets to help you choose the right type of business.

Our free factsheets give you lots of information to get your business started, including:

  • the potential market for your product or service
  • the start-up costs
  • the equipment you might need
  • the laws and regulations you must follow
  • ideas on where to promote your business

Have a look at our choice of factsheets ranging from Acupuncturist to Wig maker.

You can request 3 factsheets per email address.

Why not contact our helpline on 03000 6 03000 or use live chat to get further factsheets.

Each month we will be featuring a different type of business idea.  Have a look at this month’s spotlight business

Please note - this service is provided by an external organisation and the Welsh Government accepts no responsibility for the content.


Business Start up Factsheet