Starting a Business

Civvy Street provides a range of support if you are thinking of starting your own business.

You will need to do your homework before you start up a business. The more research you do at this stage, the greater your chances of success. When you have researched business ideas, grants, target market(s), location, premises, suppliers, distribution, marketing, start up investment and projected profits, you will need to put this all together in a business plan.

Your business plan will be essential if you need to raise finance and will help keep your business on track.

How we help

In conjunction with our partners, Civvy Street can give you:

  • Training in setting up a small business.
  • Help with writing your business plan.
  • Help with financial planning.
  • Assistance to source funding to help you launch and expand the business.
  • Business 'health checks' and mentoring.

Pros and Cons of starting a business

There are many ups and downs to going self employed. From feeling the pride of being your own boss to the long hours you may find yourself working. The rewards can be great, but you will also need to consider the risks involved.

Find out more about the pros and cons of going self employed.

Business support and advice

Starting your own business can be complicated and there is much to know and learn. Luckily, many businesses offer free advice and support.

Find out where you can turn to for business support and advice.

Funding and grants

If you decide to start your own business, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. As a previous member of the Armed Forces, there are funding schemes and grants available to you. 

Learn more about available funding and grants when starting your own business.

Contact us

Email us on: civvystreet@britishlegion.org.uk

Talk to us on: 0800 009 8015 (Mon-Sun, 8am-8pm)

Write to us at: Civvy Street, PO Box 6997, Cardiff CF15 5DT