Running Your Own Business

Whether you’re starting out in business or are an established artist or arts organisation there’s business information relevant for you. Here are some handy business tips, help & advice to help to along the way.

Kirklees - A Great Place to have a Creative Business (pdf)

Avoid the high costs of city centre working, whilst gaining all the benefits that a city might offer. Kirklees, in West Yorkshire is Affordable, Accessible and Digitally Connected with a considerable amount of support to help your business grow, flourish and succeed...


Support for your Creative Business (pdf)
No matter at what stage of development your business is at,  there’s a whole range of places to help support your ideas, development and growth; from advice and mentoring, access to spaces and showcasing to training, networking and funding.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
Single point of contact for tailored SME business support in Leeds City Region.  If you’re a small to medium sized business or a start-up business based in Kirklees, find out how the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership can help and save you time.

Business Support Pack (pdf)
This pack gives you all the basic information you need when setting up your enterprise. The pack looks at Legal structures; Marketing plan guidelines; Pricing your work; Time management; IPR; Business planning guidelines; Business plan template and Cash flow.

Nesta’s creative enterprise toolkit aims to help creative individuals take their bright ideas and turn them into successful businesses. The toolkit provides guidance, activities, downloadable worksheets and case studies to challenge individuals to draw on their creative and personal strengths.

T-Shirts and Suits (pdf)
T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity is an enterprise guide which was specifically written and designed for entreperneurs in the creative and cultural industries.


Business Hub Kirklees
Business Hub Kirklees is the local one-stop-shop for business support and is free to join. As a business you can use the Hub to find grants and funding, tender opportunities, get business advice, search for premises and get the latest business news and events from Kirklees.

Creative Industry Finance
Creative Industry Finance assists creative and cultural companies to become sustainable, thriving businesses. Their programme offers free, expert business advice and support and help to access finance so that your creative business can develop and grow.  

The Gov.Uk website has essential information, support and services for you and your business. A useful place to go to find guidance on starting up or growing your business, online tools, regulations and government services, and best practice case studies.

HMRC Help for Small Businesses
HMRC has developed E-Learning products for small businesses, such as Starting in Business; the Ready Reckoner which calculates how much tax you have to pay on your profit; and information on Business expenses for the Self-employed.

Prince's Trust Business Programme  
Young people wishing to start up their own business can apply for funding and other support through the Prince's Trust Business Programme. The programme can provide support to young people who are; aged 18-30; unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week; and living in England or Northern Ireland.


ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law.