Surestart Business Start Up Services


Research shows that 4 out of 5 business start up fail within the first 5 years. Even worse… 57% of business start-ups fail in the first 12 months!


It has also been found time and time again that businesses that plan and seek professional advice from the outset have a significantly greater chance of being very successful.


SureStart is designed to help your business overcome the hurdles that trip up 80% of new businesses, and to help it become highly successful.

Surestart Business Start Up Prospero Accounting

The SureStart business start up service bundle includes:

Advice from one of our Business Advisers

Up to four hours with one of our Business Advisers to discuss taxation, legal requirements, insurance, financial planning and accountancy issues in respect of setting up your business. We will also deal with all the paperwork for submission to the taxation authorities – we will take away the worry of getting on the wrong side of the taxman!


Bookkeeping training

A full day of comprehensive bookkeeping training (or two half-day sessions if preferred). A well-kept set of books and records will provide you with reliable information regarding the performance of your business and keep accountancy fees to a minimum.


Free computer, legal and financial advice

As part of the SureStart business start up package, we have negotiated an hour-long meeting with a local solicitor, a local IT specialist and a local independent financial adviser – who all understand the world of business. You will be able to ask about any computer-related issues, legal issues you may have, and advice regarding pensions, investments and insurance – all free of charge.


One Page Plan

Measure all the key things that really matter. We can produce a OnePage Plan for you. It will highlight the gaps between your action performance and your targets and help you create an action plan for closing these gaps. And it will do all of this on a single A4 sheet of paper.


Board View

One of the things that all of the UK’s most successful companies have in common is that they hold regular board meetings to discuss strategy. What’s more, in our experience, when smaller businesses – even one man band businesses – start holding board meetings they immediately start thinking like, acting like and achieving like their bigger and more successful counterparts. We’ll gladly come to any four of your key business meetings as a resource to help you make the very best use of your time. And you can use us in any way you want – from silent observer to adjudicator, technical adviser to independent sounding board, chairman to minute taker, or even as the facilitator for brainstorming sessions.


Computerised accounting systems installation

Installation of an appropriate accounts system, full company set-up, advice and setting up your opening balances.


Raising finance (including forecast cash flow, profit & loss and balance sheet)

Preparation of detailed cash flow, profit and loss and balance sheet forecasts for your first year in business. You will also get unlimited meeting support from bank managers. As well as being suitable for presentation to your bank if finance is required, these forecasts will provide a target for you to achieve during your first year in business.


Building an Even Better Business

This is a 12-month training programme for forward-thinking business owners. Each monthly session will last for 3 hours and will include group discussion – so we can develop the ideas we learn together. The programme will include…The 4 keys to building an even better business, creating a difference – the ‘Added Value Mindset’, adding value in practical ways, creating your own difference – how to differentiate yourself from your competitors, developing the second dimension – one of the most important ways to increase your sales, the third dimension – one of the most powerful tools in the marketing kit, and… much, much more.

If you would like to find out how we can help you or your business please call us now.