Business Start Up Consultancy

Flexible First Steps To Starting Your Own Business


Personalised Business Advice Session

Guidance based on YOUR individual needs!
Do you want to discuss whether your Business IDEA is the right option for your lifestyle, location, personality and dreams?

Over the years we have helped thousands of businesses start up.  Through customer feedback, social media statistics and website analysis we are able to provide a unique insight into consumer driven trends.  We want your business to be a success and we are willing to guide and support you through the daunting process of starting your own company.  After all, it is in our interest to make your NEW BUSINESS a successful venture so that we can both grow from strength to strength!

Flexible "First Steps" business advice session

  • If you don't feel ready to attend our start up training courses or
  • If the advertised dates are unsuitable or
  • If you would prefer a relaxed 1-1 "consultancy" style or informal chat .... then

..... our flexible "First Steps" service may offer the support you require.

For only £15 + VAT we will provide a "First Steps" business advice session.  This can be in the form of a telephone call or face to face at our offices.  We would encourage customers to visit our premises to view our products and see the various sales options available - seeing a product first-hand is much more inspirational than visualising a description.  Please do not worry about any "hard-sell" or pushy sales experience - that's just not our style! 

The "First Steps" fee includes up to 3 hours tuition (e.g. support, product training, guidance, feedback).  The aim of the advice is to help budding entrepreneurs consider the various options available and to create personalised checklists and business model ideas.   Included in the fee is a copy of some of our business guidance notes:

  • Hidden Costs, Pricing & Profit, Breaking Even
  • Useful Resources, Other Recommended Suppliers (e.g. refreshments, food, insurance companies, packaging supplies etc)
  • Legislation Considerations, Ofsted & Children, CRB Criminal Records Bureau
  • Payroll Help, Music Licenses, Planning Consent Information
  • Craft Business Insurance Guidance & Considerations
  • Online Support
  • Marketing Basics
  • Example Business Disclaimer

Please know however, once you’ve turned your business idea into a reality, you’ll still find plenty of support and advice from Country Love Crafts.

Jenny Hawkins, General Manager, will provide the "First Steps" advice session.  Please contact us with a selection of preferred dates (weekdays only) for your one-to-one advice session or e-mail to check availability.

In advance of a meeting or 1-1 discussion, it would be useful researching the following:

  • Possible venues.  Look at high street -vs- non high street e.g. main artery roads, garden centres or home business models, mobile operations.
  • Obtain details on rent, rates & current planning classifications where applicable
  • Calculate approximate size of venue in terms of "seating" e.g. <15 seater, 15-25 seater or >25 seater
  • Work out what budget you will have available for shop fixtures and fittings and first stock order.
  • Determine your target audience e.g. nurseries, children, adults etc.
  • Decide what services you will offer:  crafts area, workshops, pottery painting, take home kits, parties (hen, children, birthday), fundraising events etc.
  • Obtain information on all types of local competition e.g. crafts related businesses, entertainment services e.g. cinema, indoor play centres, leisure centres, tourist attractions etc and gift related industries e.g. personalised gift options etc.

To Book:

Cost: The consultancy costs £15 + VAT and includes up to 3 hours advice (face to face or telephone).

Time:  Can be flexible.  Call to book a mutually convenient date and time.  This service is only available weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

Call 01235 861700 to book a space or send an e-mail enquiry to  Remember to let us know what date you are interested in booking and your contact information.


Forthcoming Dates:

Can be flexible.  Call to book a mutually convenient date and time.  This service is only available weekdays between 9am and 5pm