Guiding you to a better future

For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.
11 December 2017
Getting your business off to a flying start – the right product, a clear demand and a robust business model are key elements of a successful start-up.
6 December 2017
Managing shifts for your team can be time-consuming and complicated. Here are four ways to improve the scheduling process and make staff happier.
20 November 2017
Nine small business owners nominate their favourite business books – those that have been most useful, enlightening and inspirational to them.
14 November 2017
Doing good and giving back is good for business – it helps you attract and retain top talent, increase sales and improve your productivity.
6 November 2017
Where did we find answers before Google? Information search through the ages – from encyclopaedias and Yellow Pages to Ceefax and AQA.
1 November 2017
Your employees are more than just a job title. How to motivate your people with rewards, team-building, recognition and career development.
23 October 2017
Applicant tracking software makes recruitment easier and helps you find the best person for the job by automating job ad posts and CV assessment.
20 October 2017
There's no-one more qualified to tell us what it takes to make it than you - small business owners on the front line. Your key tips for success.
16 October 2017
Getting funds or investment for your business takes preparation. Clive Hyman guides you through six steps to successful fund-raising.
11 October 2017
Many disabled people struggle to find employment. Billy Leonard explains how more employers can take steps to hire and support disabled workers.

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