Business Start-up Support

Starting and running your own business can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be daunting and hard work, especially if you go it alone. Our team of start up advisers have the expertise to help you to be anything you want to be.

We have helped hundreds of people to realise their dreams by becoming their own boss and you could be next!

We will work with you every step of the way, providing advice, support, guidance and a listening ear.

Even if you are at the stage where it is just an idea, we can work with you to develop it into a thriving business.

Business Start Up Support available now:

We will help you to develop your ideas into a viable business plan and guide your next steps.

New programmes are expected to be launched in the Autumn so please continue to monitor this page for more information.

Meet the team

John Woods – Business Adviser
Jan Corby – Business Start Up Adviser
Cath Hickey – Business Start Up Adviser

Business Start Up Workshops

Whether you have a great idea for a business or are tired of the day-to-day grind, at some point many of us think of becoming our own boss.

If you have an idea for a business why not see if we can help you turn it into a reality.

Our ‘How to Start a Business’ events are designed to give you the information you need to make a decision whether starting and running a business is for you.
We will:

  • Outline the issues to consider when thinking of starting a business
  • Answer frequently asked questions
  • Provide an overview of the free support available
  • Help you assess if its right for you

You will also have the chance to talk to an experienced business start up adviser as well as other people in the same situation as you.

Hundreds of people have started a business with the support of St Helens Chamber and you could be one of them.

Useful forms and documents

We’ve put together a page of resources with useful forms and documents to help you get started.

Find them here

Contact us today to find out how you can make self-employment a reality. Call 01744 742089 or email

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