Start your business

Thinking of starting a business in England’s £106bn tourism industry?

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Whether you want to start a bed and breakfast or create a visitor attraction, our free Business Advice Hub can connect you with resources and organisations who can help.

Learn about the key target markets in your destination, get to know your legal obligations as an accommodation business and access tailored advice for businesses in your area via our local support finder. 

Plan for success

Before starting any new business, you need to have an understanding of your target customers to inform a strong business plan. Start-up funding may also be available to you.

Getting set up

Follow advice from Government to set up and register your business with the relevant authorities. You may need to obtain planning consent for your new business or if you want to expand.  If you are starting an accommodation business, our Pink Book provides an overview of the legislation relevant to you.

Know your legal obligations

Our Pink Book of Legislation can help you ensure your accommodation business is compliant.

Further advice on starting a tourism business

Key markets, planning consents and start-up funding vary by region, so it is crucial to get advice specific to your area. Access local support through your local Growth Hub or Destination Organisation, be guided by a business mentor or get guidance on quality from a VisitEngland assessor.

Find Local Support

Your local Destination Organisation or LEP Growth Hub may be able to help you to start your business by providing advice on key markets and any funding opportunities available.