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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.

Buying a franchise gives you a ready-made brand, with an established trade mark and successful format. Find out why it can be a winning format.

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Buying a franchise allows you to start your own business. Discover the benefits: brand recognition, support with marketing, premises and training.
Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.
Actress and singer Daniele Coombe owns the Exeter franchise for Monkey Music, for pre-schoolers. She explains how and why she became a franchisee.
Laura Clarke, associate solicitor at WBW Solicitors, answers key questions about franchise agreements and says the agreement needs to be in writing.
Becoming a franchise could allow you to maximise your returns, but what does franchising involve and what issues do you need to consider?
Becoming a franchisee means you can buy into a brand that's established and proven to be successful. The perks and drawbacks of franchising.