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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.

Founders are interesting people with a story to tell. Here they share their tips for success and help you avoid the mistakes that they made.

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You don't come across many Goths who run their own accountancy practices. Meet Psyche Coderre, owner of London-based Death and Taxes.
Musician, producer and business man Jamie Giarraputo lives by the Italian motto 'vivere senza rimpianti' - live without regrets. He explains here.
Mark Williams finds out how one man's belief in organic farming turned into a prosperous business delivering food to thousands of UK homes
If she ever tires of running her vehicle rental business LINGsCARS, Ling Valentine could probably teach others how to promote their businesses.
Many millions of websites have been created using Moonfruit's software since it launched. But sometimes you've got to fail to succeed.
It is a problem many working mums face: how to balance a highly demanding job with the responsibility of looking after young children?
It was during yet another stint inside that repeat offender Derek Jones got his big idea: a special email service connecting prisoners with family.
It's rarely plain sailing for a new business owner, but some entrepreneurs face more complex challenges than others. Sue Tumelty tells her story.
Falling out of love with life as a professional road racer led Yanto Barker to start his cycling apparel business Le Col. Here's what he did.
It's not easy to be a wedding photographer, even if you're as talented as Guy Hearn. Many couples seek to save money on photographs on their big day.
Aaron Chatterley, founder of, can thank drink for his hugely successful online cosmetics business.
Not many people have been in the Guinness Book of World Records and established their own business. Adam King is still trying to be a world-beater.
Henry Buckley is the entrepreneur behind the highly successful leaflet delivery firm, JogPost. Mark Williams finds out what inspires him.
Although Friska founders have big plans for their takeaway with a difference, as Mark Williams finds out, profit is not their only goal.
Gandys flip-flops uses some of its profits to help orphans in India – just one reason this fast-growing brand continues to win admirers.

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