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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.

Top tips from Julia Gash of ethical business BIDBI

Many of us at some point have had an idea we believe would provide the basis for a successful business.

What does it take to succeed as an entrepreneur? And do you really need a new idea? And is profit the only measure of success?

The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs and Santander have joined with some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs to offer advice on all aspects of starting up, regardless of business type.

Julia Gash is the founder of and driving force behind BIDBI (Bag it Don't Bin it). Print is her passion. In 2007 she set up BIDBI as a green and ethical manufacturing company of tote bags. It has gone from strength to strength ever since, but what key lessons has Julia learned and what advice does she offer?

Find out more about Julia Gash on the BIDBI website.