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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.

There are a multitude of ways to promote your business. This overview will help you identify the best methods of promotion for your business.

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Effective marketing starts with researching your market and competition - you can then plan who to sell to and how to reach them. Read our overview.
PR helps you create good publicity, building your reputation with customers and others whose opinion matters to you. How to make the most of PR.
Direct mail and email can be cost-effective ways of marketing your business, allowing you to reach large numbers of customers. Our overview.
Advertising can be an effective way to reach large numbers of target customers. Our guide to evaluating your options and measuring results.
Writing to customers and prospects, via email, leaflets or direct mail, can be an effective way to promote your business. Here's how to get results.
Use this checklist to help you write an effective press release, including how to structure it, what you need to include and what format to use.
PR activities can help spread the word about your business for little money. This checklist explains how to promote your business through the press.
Exhibitions can be a great place to meet potential customers face to face. Here are the key steps to exhibition success.
To be effective, your firm's brand identity must be consistent across your website, email and printed literature. Read our checklist.
Chris Barling, CEO of ecommerce software supplier SellerDeck, shares his tips for online selling and says that normal business rules still apply.
One area where it can be difficult to keep costs low is marketing. But there are effective ways to raise your profile that just need time and effort.
Some ideas are so powerful they generate publicity year after year after year. These 14 tips might encourage journalists to cover your business.
Chris Barling, chairman of ecommerce and EPOS software supplier SellerDeck, seeks insight from his customers about how to boost online sales.
Writing a marketing plan may seem unnecessary for a start-up, but in fact it's a vital tool that can help you focus your marketing activities.
Business strategist Elsa Caleb explains what networking is, and provides her top tips on the benefits it will bring to your business.