Your essential guide to opening a business in Harrow
The How to Start a Business Guide is your essential guide to opening a business in Harrow. Its chapters will take you through the whole process, from first steps and business planning to raising finance and marketing your business idea.
Each chapter is told by a local business person. Whether you are a new business start up or running a existing business you should be able to find the practical advice you need. There is also a useful resources section, including local advisory organisations and a bank directory.
You can watch videos of all the chapters in the guide talking through their advice and you can upload your tips too!
We want it to be a space used and owned by the local business community - demonstrating that Harrow is a great place to do business.
Examples of businesses (the toolkit)
Below are 3 examples of businesses with general advice and useful links:
The Beauty Business
If you own or manage a premises in the borough which offers: massage, manicure, pedicure, facials, nail extensions, acupuncture, tattooing, body piercing, cosmetic piercing, chiropody, light, electric or other special treatments which require sun beds, vapour, sauna or other baths, then, you will probably need to apply for a Special Treatments License from Harrow Council. For further information and to apply for a license to operate as a special treatment practitioner, please visit our licences and street trading section.
The Childcare Business
Running a childcare business requires compliance with a range of statutory standards. See our information sheet on rules and regulations for opening a childcare business.
The Food Business
If you run a food business or want to start one up, these pages will give the information on what you need to do to comply with the regulations.
Before opening get in touch with the council. You will be able to get help on the following:
- registering your food business
- planning your business
- organising waste and recycling collection
- getting appropriate training and tools
Food businesses can include home caterers, clubs, market stalls, childminders, vehicles and some domestic premises if they are used to store, handle or prepare food. Food includes drinks, confectionery and wrapped food.
Food business downloads