Becoming Self-Employed

Have you considered becoming self-employed? Maybe you have already started but need support with the next steps? Check out the resources below and get in touch with the Economic Development team.


Economic Development Team

Harborough District Council’s Economic Development team can help you when you are setting up your new business. Get in touch with us today.

We can support you with:

  • other council services such as licensing and planning
  • finding suitable premises for your business
  • accessing free support from other partners
  • applying for grants
  • social media and marketing
  • accessing free business support webinars and events
  • and more!

Leicestershire Business Advice Service (LBAS)

The Leicestershire Business Advice Service is a fully-funded programme available to entrepreneurs and business owners in Leicestershire. It provides those running or looking to start a business with expert advice and workshops, tailored to your current business stage. Workshops cover key business themes including; regulation & tax, marketing research, marketing and money management.

Your business may also be eligible to benefit from the guidance and support of our experienced advisory team, as well as the ability to signpost you to other local and national organisations who can help your business or business idea. To find out more or get in touch, visit the programme website or email

The Leicestershire Business Advice Service is delivered by business support experts Exemplas. It is funded by the UK Government via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), through the district councils of Harborough, Blaby, Hinkley & Bosworth, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby & Wigston.

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Harborough Innovation Centre

Harborough Innovation Centre, (HIC), established in 2010, is a vibrant, eco-friendly hub providing flexible office space with bespoke business support from a dedicated business advisor, for new and thriving small, to medium enterprises. Situated in Market Harborough; a beautiful town in rural England, south Leicestershire, the HIC enjoys close proximity to a town centre boasting an array of independent shops, boutiques alongside high street brands, as well as delicious restaurants and bistros across the Harborough district.

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Harborough Market

Harborough Indoor Market continues an 800-year-old tradition of market trading in the heart of Market Harborough. The market is a great place to start and grow your business.

They operate a new starter discount scheme for pop up stall daily traders. Trade for 6 consecutive weeks and get 6 weeks FREE or if you are local crafter you can trade for only £12.50!

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Princes Trust: Enterprise

The Princes Trust has helped over 86,000 young people to start their own business – and you could be next. They work with 18 to 30-year-olds living in the UK to turn big ideas into a reality.

What’s involved in Enterprise?

Got a business in mind or want to explore an idea? From training and mentoring support to funding and resources, they are here to help you become the best entrepreneur you can be. The free Enterprise programme takes place in a centre near you.
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Business Growth Hub

Signposting service for businesses seeking advice, information and funding. New support being added regularly.

When becoming self employed, please check the Government website to find out what steps you need to take.