Starting a business

Business start up guide

Download - A step by step guide to starting and financing a new business - PDF [5,192 KB].

This is a short and simple guide for those thinking about starting a business. It has been written by ICAS members who have set up or invested in successful new businesses.

It provides:

  • Tips on what you need to know, based on the experience of those who have done it themselves.
  • How to prepare a business plan and where to go for help.
  • Advice from ICAS Chartered Accountants who are successful entrepreneurs, including what helped them get their ideas off the ground.
  • Where to look for funding - advice from investors and business angels who help to fund and advise new and growing businesses.
  • Links to further information and resources.

Business start up mentoring

ICAS has published a register of CAs willing to mentor businesses.


  • Guidance
  • Private sector

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