Growing your business

5. Regulatory requirements

It’s vital to understand which regulatory requirements may be associated with your new business or business premises.

GOV.UK offers online tools and guides available aimed at helping individuals start their own company.

HMRC has launched the Small Business Online Forum for small businesses and the self-employed. HMRC offers a new dedicated webchat service, enabling access to direct support and the forum offers a quick and easy way for members to get advice and useful hints and tips with:

  • starting a business
  • Support for growing a business – including taking on employees and expanding
  • buying and selling abroad
  • completing tax returns
  • Tax credits.

The Better Business for All (BBfA) service provides a single point of access for businesses in Greater Manchester, providing advice on all types of regulatory compliance including food safety, health and safety, trading standards and fire safety. BBfA is a partnership between businesses and regulators with one key aim – to help businesses get it right the first time.

Planning permission

You must consider whether planning permission is required in order to change the use of a property, pu up signage or change the structure or features of your business premises. You can find more information at our planning pages.

Business rates

Small, single property businesses may be eligible for Small Business Rate Relief Scheme (SBRR). For qualifying criteria and more information please visit our business rate pages.


Some businesses and business premises require licences in order to operate legally. For more information and advice in relation to your business idea please visit our licensing pages.

Business - Foodie Friday in 2017