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Start Up Advice

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle

If you are interested in starting up a new visitor or tourism related business, we will be able to provide guidance and support.

There are several stages involved in developing your business proposal. The following can be used as a guide:

Stage One – Business Planning

The first stage is to develop a clear business plan and outline of your ideas and determine if your plan is viable. To receive help and advice, useful contacts include:

Stage Two – Planning Application

Once you have a sound and viable business plan, you will require further advice from Lancaster City Council in relation to what planning permission you may require to advance your plans.

Stage 3 – Business Registration

Following planning approval and the completion of necessary building works, further permissions or licenses where applicable may be required by Lancaster City Council and other authorities. Useful information may be obtained from:

(Visitor accommodation will also need to participate in the National Quality Assurance Scheme before we are able to promote you.)

Stage 4 – Business Development

You now have the opportunity of becoming a member to help maximise your business:

Bay Tourism can provide valuable forums to liaise with like minded businesses and share best practice:

Sub-regionally, you may also wish to contact our sub-regional tourist board:





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