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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.

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

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The most important financial decisions you'll have to make when you start your own business – from investment to staff and premises.
Buying a franchise allows you to start your own business. Discover the benefits: brand recognition, support with marketing, premises and training.
Podcast with Greg Le Tocq, founder of vouchercloud - Europe's most successful vouchering platform. He discusses how he started the business.
Ari Last, co-founder of bubble, reveals how the business got started – from concept and market research to finding funding and product development.
Six ways to ensure your trade business gets off to a flying start - from top-notch customer service to keeping on top of your paperwork.
Bringing in outside expertise can help you improve processes, products and profitability - how to get the best results from a consultant.
Guide for not-for-profit organisations who deliver important services to their local community and face unusual challenges, including finance.
Buying a business can be a big step forward, but there are pitfalls. Find out how to complete the purchase and check the real state of the business.
When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.
Setting up a business can be challenging and you're unlikely to have all the skills and knowledge you need. Our guide to finding advice and support.
When you set up your business, it pays to get the legal structure right from the start. Read our guide to your options and what you need to consider.
Using a professional adviser can save you time and prevent you making costly mistakes. Our guide to finding and getting the best from advisers.
Community organisations have many of the same legal responsibilities as businesses run for profit. How to stay on the right side of the law.
Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.
Funding can be hard to come by and competition is fierce - but by planning your approach you can maximise your chances of attracting finance.

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