Free HMRC Courses

The following free e-learning courses from HM Revenue and Customs can help you through some of the key stages of setting up and running a successful business

Starting Your Own Business

If you’re interested in working for yourself and are wondering what you’ll need to do about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses, then this course is for you.

Trading with EU Countries

Take a look at this course if you sell goods or supply services to other European Union (EU) countries and have questions about how to deal with VAT, keep records and make additional returns.

Exporting to Non-EU Countries

Trading on an international basis can be tricky. This course can answer any questions you have about how to get started, finding commodity codes, the export process and keeping records.

Other Business Resources

These resources can provide you with further support to help get your new business off the ground


Intellectual Property Office

The Government website has a number of useful facts, resources, and guides to help you navigate the tricky legal waters of intellectual property rights – great if you’re interested in trademarking or copyright issues.

Business at the Library of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham has a team of experienced and trained Advisors on hand to support you whether you want to start a business, develop your business ideas or need help with intellectual property issues

“I had the skills for making an ambulance work and making cakes and just needed to fill in the business part which is what BSEEN really provided. Everything I needed for starting a business I got through BSEEN. The business support provided me with the confidence to go forward and the money helped that process.”

– James, The Cake Doctor

“I was really looking for help to gain the basic business skills that I need to run my business, which BSEEN have been very helpful with. I think I was a bit quieter about promoting myself at the beginning of the programme, whereas now I’m getting myself out there which is really good, and getting more customers in which is always amazing.”

– Sarah, And Dance Bespoke Dancewear

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