Starting a new business in Runnymede

If you are looking to start a business, become self employed, or already have a business operating in Runnymede, there are range of services that can help you get started and expand. Here is some information on funding, support and mentoring to get you off to a great start.


Provide online guides and tutorials covering key business topics such as Contracts Finder and Finance and Business Support Finder. They also have practical steps to setting up a business registering, licensing, banking, VAT, NI and employing people

Federation of Small Businesses

Grow your business and shrink your carbon footprint

Prince's Trust

Helps people aged 18 to 30 (unemployed or working less than 16 hours), with workshops, test trading, financial support and a mentor. You can call them on 0800 842842.

Selling to the council

Runnymede Borough Council, like many large public and private sector organisations, is keen to obtain the benefits of trading electronically with its suppliers.


You may need a licence for your business. It’s our responsibility to make sure that businesses are registered. You can apply for a licence online. If you are not sure if you need a licence, get in touch and we can help you find the right one.

Planning permission

You might need planning permission or building regulations approval for your business. Visit our planning page for more information.

Trading Standards

The council ensures businesses trade safely and legally. Find out what your business requires to be compliant with the regulations.

Business rates

Business Rates go towards the local services. If you run a business, you will have to pay business rates for your commercial property.

Tax and National Insurance

The HMRC online learning course for people starting their own business can help with questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses

Business support service

  • If you need start-up advice and are unsure where to go, contact the business support team at: A member of our team will be happy to help you.