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.
28 March 2018
Have you found your business voice? Presentation coach Simon de Cintra explores how to make sure your colleagues listen when you speak.
23 March 2018
As a business owner you need to prevent workplace accidents - not least because the aftermath can be costly. How to prioritise workplace safety.
23 March 2018
Scaling up a business isn't easy - if you haven't got the basics in place, you may be setting yourself up to fail. Essential factors to consider.
21 March 2018
Getting certified by an impartial third party helps businesses demonstrate their high standards. Nine marks to look for in the garment sector.
21 March 2018
If you have a viable business plan, a start-up loan could help you get your idea off the ground. But what should you look for in a loan?
14 March 2018
Managing your finances can be one of the trickier parts of running a business. Follow these basic steps to ensure you keep on top of your books.
14 March 2018
It can be truly daunting starting up your own enterprise. Handy smartphone apps that can make managing a business just that little bit easier.
12 March 2018
Keeping customers happy is critical to business success. Four reasons why you should make great customer service a priority in your start-up.
12 March 2018
If you can offer something different, at the right price, and with excellent customer service, your start-up can thrive. How to find your niche.
8 March 2018
According to a new survey for International Women's Day, a quarter of UK women are ready to embrace entrepreneurship. So what's holding them back?

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