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Small firms are doing it from home

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Turning your business idea into reality is exciting when you can also run it from home. There is plenty of support to help you do this.

The Business is GREAT website has some inspiring case studies for those wanting to start and grow their business from home.

The Northern Dough Company started their business making pizzas at home on their kitchen table 3 years ago. Now their ‘make your own pizza’ products can be found in leading supermarkets.

The Lancashire-based company is the brainchild of Chris and Amy Cheadle. The idea for the business came after they hosted ‘make your own’ pizza dinner parties. The company now produces retail pizza dough products so people can make a restaurant quality meal at home, saving them time and money.

Read more on this and other Business is GREAT case studies

There is now more support for you if you want to start and run your business from your home. The first ever Home Business Summit, organised by Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation, included an announcement by Business Minister Matthew Hancock, with new measures to give greater freedom to start and grow a business from your home.

The new measures include:

  • new legislation to make it easier for people to run a business from a rented home.
  • updated planning guidance that makes it clear that planning permission should not normally be needed to run a business from your home
  • new business rates guidance that clarifies that in the majority of circumstances home based businesses will not attract business rates

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said:

There’s never been a better time to start a business, and even more people are choosing to start up from home.

It’s this spirit of personal endeavour and self-determination that is driving our economic recovery. But home businesses don’t just fire up the economic engines and create jobs, they turn dormitory towns into living communities, they keep our streets safer, and by driving down car emissions, cleaner too.

Emma Jones MBE, founder of Enterprise Nation said:

The home is now the most popular place to start and grow a business. One in 10 domestic properties are now home to at least one business and they already contribute £300 billion to the British economy.

These are not people starting businesses out of necessity through lack of jobs, they are part of a growing movement that is responding to the new opportunities technology brings and actively taking control of their own destiny by starting out from home.

The GREAT business campaign is part of the government’s Industrial strategy and has a wealth of information for employers and about the government support available.

You can also view information on Starting up a business and Running a business from home.