Starting a business in Milton Keynes

The lockdown and furlough scheme have given many the opportunity (and time) to start that business idea they’ve always dreamed of. And, what better location to start than in the City of Dreams.

Thanks to its location, growth and talent, Milton Keynes is ranked one of the best places for business in the UK. And, starting a business in Milton Keynes couldn’t be easier, with tonnes of support available to new and growing companies. So, where do you get started?
Milton Keynes accelerators and incubators.

If you’ve got a great idea that needs a little help getting off the ground and growing, a Milton Keynes accelerator or incubator can help. These programs provide startups with access to mentoring, support, investors and office space – everything your business needs at the very beginning.

Popular Milton Keynes incubators and accelerators include:

Milton Keynes investors and funding

Most new and growing businesses need an injection of cash to take it to the next stage. Thankfully, Milton Keynes has a thriving investors network, alongside access to local funding and free advice.

Top places to start include:

Milton Keynes networking

Networking is great for getting your new business out there, making useful connections and meeting people going through the same journey. Milton Keynes’ bustling business community means that you could networking morning, noon and night; however, the following networking events are ideal for new businesses:

  • Made in MK – Ad-hoc networking events to connect and support the MK tech community.
  • FSB – a monthly networking meeting held by the Small Business Federation.
  • Natwest Boost – a monthly networking event for small and growing businesses.

Office space and meeting rooms

Your office space requirements will grow alongside your business, and Milton Keynes offers a variety of different options to suit. In particular, you can access:

Paying it forward

The Milton Keynes business community is described as one of the most friendly and supportive communities out there. It’s also one of the most giving. There are plenty of ways to pay your business success forward, helping others to pursue their dreams too.

  • Worktree – a voluntary organisation that connects business professionals with local school children so they can work out their futures.
  • Young Enterprise – an interactive program for young entrepreneurs that supports them in opening and running their own business.
  • @MK_Hour – a weekly Twitter event where you can connect with local businesses to provide recommendations and offer support.

Milton Keynes might be a new city, but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to helping businesses owners start, scale and succeed with new business ideas.

29, June, 2020


Recommending Friends

Whether it’s old pals, new hires or best mates you’ve had for years, recent events have taught us the value of staying close and connected to those around you, more than ever before. So, we wanted to expand our inner circle too. We’re offering one month off of your rent with us for every successful […]

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15, April, 2021 by Heather Manning

New Coffee House!

We are so pleased to announce that Out Of Office’s newest site has now opened in Milton Keynes, at Witan Studios! They will serving all of their usual speciality coffee, hot drinks and tasty treats as well as a larger range of food. They also have delicious grab & go options and a lovely retail […]

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1, December, 2020 by Heather Manning

Launch of Life

The innovative ‘Life’ concept has rolled out to the first 10 of our buildings, offering hundreds of companies a more balanced and interactive place to work. Led by an on-site Life team, it is dedicated to making tenant’s lives easier and healthier. They, along with the dedicated app, are helping to create a more collaborative […]

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28, September, 2020 by Heather Manning

Starting a business in Milton Keynes

The lockdown and furlough scheme have given many the opportunity (and time) to start that business idea they’ve always dreamed of. And, what better location to start than in the City of Dreams. Thanks to its location, growth and talent, Milton Keynes is ranked one of the best places for business in the UK. And, […]

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29, June, 2020 by alt.admin

Holidays are coming…

This year at Witan Studios, we have a real, live Christmas Tree!  We heard that you would need to have a faux tree for 10 years before it’s better for the environment that a real one, and so in line with our 2020 goals around sustainability, our real tree will be here until the new […]

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10, December, 2019 by Heather Manning

Spring forward, Fall back

Now that we have fallen back and gained an hour in bed, it’s only a matter of time before we are up in the dark, and home in the dark!  Send us your photos of Central MK as the seasons change and we head towards the festive season!  We can almost hear thsoe jingle bells! […]

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28, October, 2019 by Heather Manning

Our photo of the month!

An action-packed shot kindly captured by Jim Green, MD of Boxx Communications.   Our story Boxx Communications are an independently owned telecommunications company, who have been providing fixed line rental & calls, broadband and other key utilities to UK businesses for the last 7 years.  Our Directors, Dean Burgin & James Green, bring together a […]

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30, August, 2019 by Heather Manning

Open Air Cinema!

A big T H A N K Y O U to all who came to our Open Air Cinema on Friday night! We showed Bohemian Rhapsody at 7pm, with guests Giuseppe’s Pizzeria who provided the pizza and ice cream! Due to restrictions on the film licensing we couldn’t advertise the showing beforehand, but this just […]

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8, July, 2019 by Heather Manning

Clerkenwell Design Week

Just a few snaps of our trip to Clerkenwell Design Week a couple of weeks ago… it was a truly great day out and the vast amount of innovation available within the workplace environment is really amazing!  We love keeping our finger on the pulse of workplace trends in order to make our own Studios […]

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6, June, 2019 by Heather Manning

HNC Arts and Graphic Design Project

This year’s HNC Art & Graphic Designs students from MK College based their final year pieces on our lovely space!  They’ve designed pieces to hang in our lobbies, Studio Boardroom, and even some sculpture for our courtyard & garden. We’ll be commissioning some of the works, to actually have in our Studios… we were unbelievably […]

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21, May, 2019 by Heather Manning

In full bloom

Thank you to local MK blogger, @LouBou, for this gorgeous snap.  Now that we have longer days, and lighter skies, we will be organising our summer events calendar, so follow us on all of our socials for the latest updates – we’d hate for you to miss out!

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5, April, 2019 by Heather Manning

Easter Appeal

GI Group have launched an Easter Appeal for MK Food Bank, following a really successful charity campaign last year.  Please see below for what to donate this worthy cause.  If you have any other ideas for donations or if you’d like any further info, please get in touch with the Studios or GI Group, and […]

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25, March, 2019 by Heather Manning

Spring has Sprung in the Studios!

From snow flurries to snowdrops… Spring looks like it’s well and truly on it’s way!

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22, February, 2019 by Heather Manning

Witan Studios Quiz Night

We’re all about new ideas, sharing knowledge and creating connections between our members and the wider MK community. That means there’s always something happening here. We’re hosting an open-to-all Quiz Night in Fourth & Fifth café! On Thursday 31st January Fourth & Fifth will be open from 5pm, serving pizza, beer and cocktails, and the […]

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3, January, 2019 by Heather Manning

Studios Sponsor MKL

As the Elite Ice Hockey League season enters its decisive second half, the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning welcome another new sponsor – city centre workspace, Witan Studios.   Witan Studios will become the corporate sponsor of young British netminder Adam Goss – named as Man of the Match in Lightning’s 28th December road game […]

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3, December, 2018 by Heather Manning

Christmas is coming…

After our ‘Christmas in July’ launch event for Scandinavia Christmas Parties, we are visiting Elm Tree Farm in Thrupp Wharf again on Friday 21st December 2018.  Members from all over the Studios are going together as a community, with exclusive VIP access to the Top VIP Tipi, ensuring we get extra special treatment too, to celebrate […]

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22, November, 2018 by Heather Manning

Oktoberfest at Witan Studios

At Witan Studios, we’ve designed everything with your needs in mind. Our landscaped courtyard and garden is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee, hold an informal meeting or just take a breath and enjoy your surroundings. There’s table tennis, our friendly WiFi cow and every Friday lunchtime a different food truck swings by to […]

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3, September, 2018 by Heather Manning

Independence Day… we mean OPEN DAY

On 4th July 2018 we are having an Open Day throughout the Studios to show new faces around our workspace, as well as anyone who is already here and just fancies having a look around!  Please feel free to invite other colleagues or clients over on the day, to enjoy canopies and bubbly in the […]

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14, May, 2018 by Heather Manning

Creative Partnership with MK College

Witan Studios has teamed up with the HNC Art & Graphics and HNC Graphic Design students of MK College, who are creating artwork for us as part of their Final Major Projects. The Public Engagement project will see the Art & Graphics students take our central courtyard, and create an exciting centrepiece to complete the […]

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2, April, 2018 by Heather Manning

Witan Studios Host Networking Hub

2017 was a great year for Witan Studios, welcoming several new tenants into their fresh, innovative workspace.  Since the New Year, further six companies have now become new members of the Studios, and are all due to move in before the end of April – an exciting start to 2018! To celebrate our growing network […]

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5, March, 2018 by Heather Manning

SME Buckinghamshire Business Awards Nominee

Our very own Fourth & Fifth have been nominated in the SME Buckinghamshire Business Awards, for Restaurant of the Year.  This really is an amazing achievement for the independent breakfast and brunch café, who only opened in September last year!  Witan Studios would love to be home to the winner of such a deserving award, […]

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2, January, 2018 by Heather Manning

Foodie Fridays

Every week, we invite a different local food vendor to visit us in the courtyard & garden, and show off their menu on a Friday lunchtime. This is a great way to support local independent businesses – similar to those who we house in the Studios – get our members together to have a chat […]

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4, November, 2017 by Heather Manning