Skip to main content
Guiding you to a better future

Search

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.

Small business owners offered free leadership training

4 August 2020

The government has launched two training programmes designed to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus.

The government has invested £20 million in the programmes as part of its support for small firms during the COVID-19 crisis. Small business leaders are being urged to take advantage of the training to help their firms survive and thrive as they respond to the challenges thrown up by the pandemic.

The Small Business Leadership Programme focuses on strengthening decision-makers' leadership skills, so they are able to address management challenges, some of which, such as remote working, have arisen from coronavirus. The programme will equip business leaders with the skills to plan for the future of their business and to ensure their recovery.

The ten-week programme - which will be delivered virtually by experts from university business schools - will teach participants how to improve productivity, organisation and efficiency. Businesses will undertake a series of 90-minute webinars delivered by leading business experts, and will also be required to complete up to two hours of independent study and peer-supported learning per week.

In addition, the Peer Networks Programme will help business owners to improve their problem-solving skills, through a series of guided exercises. Participants will take part in sessions where common coronavirus-related business challenges will be discussed, such as finding new customers and using technology to adapt a business model. Members of the programme will be given skills in areas such as leadership, management, sales and marketing.

Anne Kiem, ceo of Chartered Association of Business Schools and executive director of the Small Business Charter, said: "While cash injections are important, for the long-term, business leaders need the skills to ensure they and their businesses are resilient and can grow throughout this period and beyond. Accessing experts from the world-leading business schools we have in this country will be an essential resource for businesses in the months and years to come."

Mark Bretton, LEP network chair, said: "As business-led Local Enterprise Partnerships with 330 business leaders on our boards, we know the positive impact that proven business leadership and exceptional management skills can have on a business, especially as they face the challenges of COVID-19. But not all businesses have ready access to that level of leadership; the Peer Networks offers them that ready access for free just when they need it most."

He added: "The Peer Networks project could make all the difference to the survival of a business and boost their bottom line. The expert knowledge and leadership delivered through the 38 LEP Growth Hubs across the country will be the key to its success; allowing businesses to feed off each other's knowledge can inspire them to adopt new practices and embed new approaches that could be a game changer."

There are 2,000 places available on the Small Business Leadership Programme and 6,000 on the Peer Networks programme.

Written by Rachel Miller.

Stay up-to-date with business advice and news

Sign up to this lively and colourful newsletter for new and more established small businesses.

Contact us

Make an enquiry