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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.

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.

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Sound cash flow management is a must, according to credit control expert Martin Bown. He shares his top tips.
For many businesses, a 1% cut in costs can have the same impact on profit as a 10% increase in sales. Our guide to efficient purchasing.
Your prices can have a dramatic effect on sales and profits - the right price is competitive while protecting your profit margins. Our overview.
Good negotiation depends on setting clear objectives, including knowing where you will and won't compromise. Our guide to getting the right deal.
Effective cash flow management is vital so your business has the funding needed to keep trading. Our guide to controlling your cash with confidence.
While you can't know exactly what the future holds, budgeting reduces uncertainty and helps you anticipate problems. Here's how to create a budget.
Credit control helps you optimise your cash flow and avoid late payment or non-payment. Read our guide to setting up a credit control system.
There are many ways to raise business funds - but which is right for you? Jonathan Amponsah reviews the top finance options for small businesses.
There may be more funding options out there these days - but it can still be challenging to get a business loan. What to do if you get turned down.
You don’t have to get a business bank account when you start up - but the features on offer could make it worthwhile. Choosing the best provider.
The average office computer has more than £200 of unnecessary software installed on it. Five free solutions that could do the job just as well.
Applying for a small business loan can be tricky - and success is never guaranteed. Read these tips to increase your chances of getting approved.
Getting to grips with car finance needn't be difficult. Ask yourself these questions to narrow down your options and find the right choice for you.
If your own savings are insufficient to fund your business start up, consider these sources of external funding
Business travel is an inevitable part of business from client and supplier meetings to searching for premises. These tips will help keep costs down.