Start your business in Kirklees

We know that starting a business is hard. Providing free, expert advice for pre-start, new and young businesses up to three years old, Business Kirklees will help to build the knowledge, ideas and confidence you need to start your journey.

We’ll find the right support for you, including advice, training, mentoring, research and business planning, employment, premises, marketing, and help to access funding.

Benefit from

  • A personal account manager, with up to 12 hours’ 1 to 1 expert support and mentoring
  • Access to tailored support including fact sheets, workshops and webinars
  • Access to a range of publicly funded start up programmes including the West Yorkshire Start-Up programme, and Ad:Venture.
  • Support to find premises, and navigate other council services such as Food Hygiene and Planning
  • Personal introductions to organisations like the Prince’s Trust, Third Sector Leader’s, and the British Library Business & IP Centre.
Huddersfield Town Centre

Rates, regulations, and doing business with Kirklees

Visit the Council’s website for information on planning, health and safety, business rates, licences, emergency planning, tenders for local authority contracts and to book a trade waste collection.

Kirklees Markets

Markets can provide a great environment to test and refine your business idea. Look for business opportunities at indoor and open markets in Kirklees, with fixed and flexible stall options.

Dewsbury Market
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Meet the Team

Our experienced and friendly Startup Team are waiting to hear from you.

Tracy Sheldon

Business Start-Up Gateway Manager

Tracy spent more than 30 years as a director, and she also spent more than 12 years running a retail shop and developing her own micro business Tracy brings a wealth of crosssector business knowledge to the team.  

Lucy Bye

Start-up Officer

Lucy has over a decade of experience working directly with new businesses, giving them confidence and skills to launch. She is also a director of a limited company. 


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