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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 how you can grow your business to the next level - from franchising to new premises, more staff to new products and markets.

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La Belle Assiette has achieved significant growth since 2013. Stephen Leguillon talks the importance of the right team and retaining core values
Boosting profitability depends on doing many little things better than the competition. Our guide to making your business more profitable.
Not all businesses are passion projects - some entrepreneurs start up to cash out. Melvin Jay offers five ways to ensure trade sale success.
Benjamin Dyer outlines five of the most common things that stop a business from growing and explains how to avoid these pitfalls
If you own a small business, it's likely you want it to grow - but it's not always clear whether you're taking the right steps to success. Six tips.
Four essential bits of advice for startup founders: communicate well, know your market, build a team, and be ready to keep adapting
Many start-ups see rapid growth - but if not properly managed it could lead to a big crash. Wesley Rashid explains how to scale up sustainably.
Many start-ups find that their company culture changes as the business grows. Ian Naylor explains how to keep that start-up spirit alive.
Growing your trade business does not need to cost the earth, as Benjamin Dyer explains. A few simple techniques can bring in more business.
Turning your business into a franchise could offer an effective and less risky way to expand significantly. Find out what it involves.
Key areas business owners need to focus on - including winning sales, managing cash flow, motivating employees and dealing with legal obligations.
Acquiring another business can bring huge benefits, but can also drain resources and lead to hidden costs. How to boost your chances of success.
Bringing in outside expertise can help you improve processes, products and profitability - how to get the best results from a consultant.
Using a consultant can be a great way to get a project rolling or to bring in expert help. We explain how to get the best from your consultant.
Unless you are happy as you are, you will be looking for ways to develop and grow your business. These ten steps will lead you in the right direction.