Information for new Southampton businesses

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Information for new Southampton businesses

If you’re in the process of setting up a new business in Southampton then this page provides a handy checklist of the things you may need to do. Each link will open in a new tab so the list remains open for you.

Southampton is a vibrant and well-connected city, boasting world-class shopping and entertainment, beautiful parks to explore, a rich history to discover and so much more. Southampton is also recognised as a city that is really going places: a city of opportunity.

1 Registering your business 

What you need to do depends on your type of business, where you work and whether you take people on to help. Most businesses register as a sole trader, limited company or partnership.


2 Business rates 

Business rates is a way that those who occupy a non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. All occupiers of commercial properties pay business rates. The rate each business pays is based on the rateable value of the property and is worked out by the Valuation Office Agency, part of HM Revenue and Customs.


3 Commercial services 

Our commercial services are available to all businesses in Southampton. We have extensive experience of delivering high-quality, reliable services to residents of the city, and can draw on that experience to deliver first-class services to your organisation at competitive rates. In particular, we specialise in providing affordable, local, reliable commercial waste collections.


4 Other council business services 

This section will help ensure your business has the necessary licensing if applicable, is fully compliant and offers advice regarding employees.


5 Getting the most out of Southampton 

The following links provide useful information in making Southampton a better place for local businesses. It also provides information for businesses considering relocating and expanding or investors seeking commercial development opportunities.


6 Keep up to date 

Stay up to date with all the latest council news and information. If you have any questions, enquiries or problems that can’t be answered by the pages above, there are plenty of ways to have your say and get in touch with us online.