MORE people are contacting Business Link for advice and support on setting up on their own, it has emerged.
Now the Government-funded business support body is staging a series of seminars on the topic of start-ups with events taking place at two venues in Huddersfield.
Karen Marsden, head of Business Link Yorkshire’s customer information centre, said: “We are seeing a trend in pre-starts wanting to set up service sector businesses involving minimal overheads such as accountants or virtual PAs.
“There is also an increase in individuals looking to set up on a part-time basis over a six to 12-month period to test the water before committing to full- time.”
Latest figures from Business Link Yorkshire show that more than 60% of all enquiries were from people thinking of starting a business.
Access to funding remained a key need for these customers along with help to draw up business plans, cash flow forecasting, sales and marketing.
Other trends included more enquiries about options for financing a new business or developing an existing one, finding training to improve staff skills and help the business diversify into new markets and drawing up contracts of employment.
Ms Marsden said queries about sales and marketing remained popular – particularly in terms of finding new customers.
Business Link Yorkshire has a series of free events coming up until 31 March. They include ones on starting a business and establishing an internet presence.
The sessions will be held at the Deighton Centre and Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield.
For details call 08456 048 048 or visit the website on businesslinkyorkshire.co.uk