Looking to Start a Hospitality or Tourism Business? We have all the resources you need at a click of a button!

Starting your own hospitality business is very exciting, sometimes challenging - but also very rewarding. It is so easy to go in all guns blazing; after all you are desperately keen to open to the public and welcome your first customers.

However the saying 'fail to prepare or prepare to fail' we're afraid rings true for all entrepreneurs, boring but true. Preparation, thorough research and getting your ducks in a row will set you up for success and avoid unnecessary pitfalls that could have been avoided. 

Our business resource pages have all you need to prepare a list of everything that needs to be done to start your business. Daunting, but with that checklist in place you can start ticking off the jobs to be done. From planning to marketing, tax to HR issues; we've got it covered. Downloads, videos and case studies, all to help you be prepared for success. 

Choosing a legal status

One of the first important decisions you will need to make when starting a business is to decide on the legal status or structure of your company.

Creating a business plan

A simple guide to what a business plan is, why your investors ask for them and how to create one.

Funding options

Starting your own business demands more than just a great idea. As well as time and focus it will also need funding. 

BEIS, UK Government

Provides information on Enterprise and Business Support

British Standards Institution

Leading Independent business services organisation providing standard based solutions in more than 140 countries

Energy Saving Trust

Will help you save money, combat rising energy bills and play your part in helping to fight climate change

Find a Chartered Accountant

Helps businesses and individuals to find and engage their perfect finance expert. You can be confident that all firms listed have at least one Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and are monitored by ICAEW


The government’s on-line resource for a wide range of services and information including business support


A service that can help businesses find suitable sources of funding

Intellectual Property Office

Helps you get the right protection for your work, your brand and any copy you produce

National Apprenticeship Service

Get advice on employing an apprentice

Start Up Loans Company

A government funded initiative that provides start up support in the form of a repayable loan together with a business mentor for young entrepreneurs across England and Northern Ireland).

The Law Society

Will help you find a solicitor if you need one

Find a Job

A service to advertise jobs and search for job seekers whose CV matches your needs

Young Enterprise

The UK’s largest business and enterprise charity that equips young people with work skills, knowledge and confidence to help them into the world of business

The Prince's Trust

Provides advice and support to those under 30 starting a business