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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.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

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Business planning is not just for start-ups, says Russell Streeter; business owners should review progress and plan strategy regularly.
From describing your market and researching customers to preparing sales forecasts and budgets, learn how to create a marketing plan.
A business plan outlines your strategy - from your market and finances to your staff and marketing activities. Our guide to writing a great business plan.
Boosting profitability depends on doing many little things better than the competition. Our guide to making your business more profitable.
Some firms struggle to achieve significant growth, staying much as they were at the start-up phase. So how can you make the move to the big league?
Where did we find answers before Google? Information search through the ages – from encyclopaedias and Yellow Pages to Ceefax and AQA.
By doing a detailed risk analysis now, you can mitigate against any negative effects of Brexit and you could even benefit from new opportunities.
Business change is not just about cost-cutting; by focusing on adding value and keeping staff on side you can increase profits says Clive Hyman.
Mindfulness gives you the time and space to be innovative and creative. Tom Evans explains how meditation can open doors and boost your business.
A business plan is ‘a formal statement of business goals’. But what exactly does that mean? And, more importantly - does every new business need a plan?
Dealing with big changes such as shifting customer behaviour is not easy but small firms can have the edge over bigger rivals says Jean Gamester.
88% of those who set New Year's resolutions fail to achieve them. The question is why? And what can we learn from those who achieve their goals?
Not everyone understands the relationship between the business plan and fundraising. OGS Capital asked their most successful businesses for tips.
Growth is often a difficult concept for start-ups: how do you control the expansion of your business and manage sustainable growth?
Giving the impression that your business is larger than it actually is could help you reach more customers and compete with the big players.