Startup business

If you’re thinking about starting up your own business, or recently have done, it can be a worrying time. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know and you want to make sure you’re doing everything right, because you want your business to succeed, and so do we.

To help you make sure that happens, we’ve teamed up with the MiVenture service to provide you with direct access to a group of business advice professionals.

All you will need is your name, an e-mail address, and your postcode and you can be connected to a professional business adviser any time between 9am and 7pm, Monday to Friday. You’ll also be able to set up a business profile and network with other local start-ups!

MiVenture Service

An online business start up and advice service brought to you by Mi Ventures on our behalf.

  • Live chat with qualified business advisers, weekdays from 9am to 7pm (outside these hours you can leave a ticket for an adviser to contact you next morning)
  • Download business guides and templates
  • Get Companies House and HMRC documentation directly
  • Find out about local and national business events
  • The latest business news
  • Join online discussion groups or set up your own network

Free to use for Calderdale residents and businesses.

Click here to talk to an adviser.


Ad:Venture is a programme of support aimed at businesses up to 3 years old who have high expectations of growth.

ERDF Eligibility criteria does apply, and businesses in consumer retail, primary agriculture, nuclear decommissioning and education provision will not be eligible.

They can offer a wide range of support, including a regular schedule of events that cover various topics aimed to help your young business grow with speed and stability, one-to-one mentoring which begins with an in-depth diagnostic of your business and will help you develop a realistic action plan, help and support to access a wide range of funding, and academic support from local universities.

If you need help finding your own business space, Ad:Venture can even help you find incubation space to develop your business without worrying about the costs of setting up your first office. They have sites in Halifax, Leeds and Wakefield, including specialist creative and digital hubs.

A full calendar of their business events can be found on on their website and it’s well worth a look.

For full information and to get in touch with them, head on over to their website.