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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.

There are many types of premises to buy, lease or licence from shops to warehouses. Discover how to find commercial premises for your business.

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The right premises can boost productivity, attract good employees and give the right impression to customers. How to find business premises.
The type of business premises you choose can have a big effect on productivity, employee happiness and overheads. Here's how to make the right choice.
Where should your start-up be based? Rachel Miller outlines the pros and cons of working from home, renting office space or buying your own premises.
Moving into licensed property is easier, quicker and cheaper than taking on a lease or buying a freehold property. Our overview of premises licences.
In a well set-up office, the equipment, systems and environment all contribute to making your business more efficient. How to plan your office.
When you move into new premises, there's a lot to think about before you can start work. This checklist tells you what you need to consider.
Moving premises can be time-consuming and disruptive to your business, and communication is key. Our guide to planning and managing a premises move.
Moving premises can be highly disruptive. It's important to plan how you can resume work with a minimum of time lost. Here's what to consider.
As your business needs change, you may want to get out of your premises lease - but it will likely involve negotiation with your landlord. Our guide.
Emma Jones of Enterprise Nation provides practical tips about setting up a dedicated and efficient home-based office for your new business.
Rolling out of bed and starting work sounds idyllic but successfully running a business from home takes discipline and organisational skills.
There are a number of options when it comes to business premises: home office, rental, lease or buy. But which is right for you?
Are your premises feeling cramped, cluttered or shabby? Follow our tips to give them - and your staff - a new lease of life.
Don't let your business be stopped in its tracks by burst pipes, boiler breakdowns or huge bills. Use our checklist to prepare for cold weather.
Communications and computing technology mean many businesses can operate from almost anywhere if they have access to a reliable internet connection.

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