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Welcome to the National Business Register (NBR) & Start.Biz Network 

At Start.Biz we believe anyone can start, run and grow a successful business, all they need is the right information, guidance and support. Our mission is to help aspiring or early-stage business owners to conveniently and effectively set up and run their companies. We are here to take the hassle out of business set-up with our revolutionary product, ‘Start Business Box’. Using this newly developed subscription package entrepreneurs can build their company’s infrastructure to suit them, ensuring they have a solid foundation and are on the path to success. 
The original business was established in 1984 with an aim to assist entrepreneurs with business name protection, company formation, registered design and trade marking services. The National Business Register (NBR) has built a trusted reputation with its customers as experts in our field with our highly qualified team members having over 30 years' experience in Intellectual Property protection. 
In August 2020, NBR was purchased with a view to build on the brand protection specialists’ success and 35-year reputation. The Start.Biz network has been created as an invaluable resource for, and a national community of SMEs centred around the launch of a revolutionary product, ‘Start Business Box’, launched on the first anniversary of acquiring the business. 
Start.biz aims to make starting, running or growing a business simpler and more efficient. Their purpose is to enable each business owner to focus on what they do best and use Start.biz to inform and guide them towards a range of professional services that are essential to the running and success of their enterprise. 
‘This is just the start of things to come at Start.biz in our mission to  
support aspiring and established entrepreneurs throughout the UK.’ 
Bevan Edwards, Director at Start.Biz 
Meet The Team 
Matt is widely known within the business as “Captain Boring”. Primarily, this is due to his love of spreadsheets, planning and organisation! Within Start.biz, Matt (alongside Bevan) is responsible for driving the business forwards and building the brand’s awareness in the marketplace via its 3 core offerings: IP, Access to Finance, Start-up business packages. He directly manages the Access to Finance area of the business and looks after the finance and legal aspects of the business. 
Corin has been involved in many aspects of the company for over 25 years, helping clients with a wide range of IP and compliance needs including business name registration, company formation and company secretarial services. Maintaining relationships with clients and partners alike, Corin enjoys speaking to clients to help determine their needs and provide a suitable solution. 
Relationship Manager 
Wendy started her career with Start.Biz, previously known as National Business Register, in 1987. She has fortunately experienced a variety of roles in all departments from administrative to bookkeeping and taking care of team morale. These roles have all aided her to develop and grow as a person working with a highly skilled diligent team. 
Wendy's days start with chocolate and end with chocolate, which is vital to improve her performance at work and she is available to partake in any further research studies on this matter in her spare time! 
Wendy Leatherbarrow  
Administrator / Bookkeeper 
Bevan is a man of many ideas. So many, some days you see the coffee steaming out of his ears! With a background in design, marketing and sales, his creativity always starts from a customer viewpoint, and requires input from our community, inhouse team and expert partners, to explore all options and considerations. ‘Bev’ is then responsible to turn ideas into quality, convenient, and trusted products and services. 
Anne has been with the company since 1987, started as an Office Junior then receptionist, and now Administration Manager. 
Anne is highly experienced in processing Ltd Incorporations and Business Name Registrations, also registering you domain name/web package requirements and is responsible for processing your payments/renewals/invoices and very importantly answering the telephone to our lovely customers. 
At weekends Anne likes to spend time with her Hubby and family, enjoys country walks, yoga and the occasional gin and tonic. 😀 
Anne Taylor 
Office Administration Manager 
Mitch began his IP career in 1991 and is now our specialist trade mark and design division manager during which time he has developed many long-standing and close relationships with clients offering proactive strategic IP advice. Mitch has substantial experience working with a range of clients in relation to all aspects of trade mark and design matters including the management of trade mark portfolios and the prosecution of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. 
Mitch Willmott 
Trade Marks Division Manager 
Owner of all things marketing, communication, and community at Start.Biz. Felicity has a Womenswear Design degree from UAL and spent 10 years working in the fashion industry. She loves a challenge, connecting with different types of people and thrives off the unknown. Also, you are all invited to her Drink & Draw pop-up event which she hosts on a monthly basis – check out her Instagram for details. 
Marketing Executive 


You’ve got the idea, let's make it official! 
To set up a business, there are a number of things you will need to decide and consider to ensure you are compliant and not infringing on other already established businesses. 
We also offer guides, inspiration and articles for you budding entrepreneurs out there still formulating your perfect business idea. Check out our SME Information Hub for more. 
Our guides highlight the different options you can take and will help decide what set up is best for you. 


You’ve got a business! Let’s get things moving. 
Most small business owners feel they need to save money by doing as much as possible themselves, which indeed might save ‘costs’ on outset, but the time taken, and often mistake made, means they aren’t maximising their time focused on their business making money. 
We have created a resource of informative articles, expert advisors and trusted partners to allow you quick, straightforward access to game changing products and services that will help improve the day to day running of your business. 


You’ve been going great. Let’s go to the next level. 
The best businesses don’t stand still but constantly look for ways to develop, improve and grow. Mistakes and trial and error are part of the process and we bet you've learnt a lot already! Now it’s time to explore our partners expertise to see how they can assist you, provide new avenues for growth and enhance your established business. 
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