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Find out how to turn an idea or your skills into a business

Here's a video from a young entrepreneur with some tips about starting a business.

This is a big step and not something that many people do at the end of Year 11. 

Until you are 18, you’ll have barriers to setting up a business bank account, getting credit, raising money and signing contracts.

Whatever your age, to be successful, you will need a good business idea, enterprise skills, advice from experts and must be prepared to work hard. Although you don’t have a boss telling you what to do, you will have to be good at multi-tasking as you are the accountant, marketing department, operations manager, designer and business administrator.

There is a lot of help and advice available and possibly some financial help too.

Have a look at the following:

New Anglia provides free support to anyone wishing to start their own business across Suffolk and Norfolk.

NWES is an enterprise agency that advises and helps start up businesses in the East of England.

MENTA offers advice, support and training to aspiring business owners in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Shell LiveWIRE is the UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) offering free online business advice and start-up awards.

The Prince's Trust has an Enterprise Programme for 18-30 year olds.  You can also download lots of useful information and guides to help with setting up your own business.

Virgin StartUp  helps entrepreneurs in England with the funding, resources and advice to make their business idea a reality. Their main focus is to help you get the support you need to turn your idea into a successful and sustainable business.

Youth Employment Youth Employment UK is an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment.

Start Up Donut Provides information on all aspects of setting up and running a business.

Gov.UK Finance and support for your business.

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