Idea Stage

Bringing your business blueprint to life.

Setting up a successful business is for some a life-long ambition. Maybe a change in work circumstances has presented new opportunities. For others, it’s simply spotting a gap in the market.

Whatever your motivation, going it alone or with little outside help can be a challenging prospect, and it’s hard to know where to start.


Through our extensive range of resources and expert advisors, the aim at the Idea stage is to build up your knowledge, confidence and contacts, and signpost you to the right support.

Working with OxLEP Business, we can prepare you for that first important step in the business journey.

How does it compare?

Idea Stage


You have an idea but not sure of its viability yet


You haven’t looked for external support


You haven’t created a business or marketing plan


You need help with research, legal advice and finances

Start stage


Your business has been running for less than a year


You have a vague idea of the support you might need


You need help developing your business plans


Your service or product is nearing launch or recently launched


You need business recovery/resilience support

Ready to begin?

Let’s turn that seed of a potential business into something special. Here are some of the most popular options for those looking for help with a business idea:

1:1 Support

Speak to a specialist about your idea and what support is available to you.

Business Support Plan

Take our short quiz and we’ll send you a personal plan to get you started.

Events & Webinars

Attend events and webinars focusing on planning, HR, marketing and finance.

Enterprises for Social Good

Is your business idea for good causes, a social enterprise, or has Net Zero ambitions?

Local & National Funding

Explore regional and national schemes for early-stage entrepreneurs.

Get inspired.

Explore our free resources and playlists for future business owners. These guides and collections are packed full of information to help get ideas off the ground.


Read about how we’ve supported future successful business leaders.


In-person events, webinars and workshops designed to help new entrepreneurs on the Oxfordshire scene.


Whether you want to grow your team, your following, or your sales, we’ve got ideas.

There can be no success without strategy.

You’re just five minutes away from joining thousands of other Oxfordshire businesses who are benefitting from an in-depth, personalised Action Plan.