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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.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

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How can a small business get their products stocked by major, high-street retailers? One such business shares their inspirational success story.
Market research helps you spot opportunities, reduce risks and make better decisions. How to find the information you need.
Good sales technique can help you find the right person to speak to, overcome objections and close the sale. Read our simple guide to selling.
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.
Your prices can have a dramatic effect on sales and profits - the right price is competitive while protecting your profit margins. Our overview.
Importing could help you cut costs and access unique supplies not available in the UK. What you need to consider when buying abroad.
Good negotiation depends on setting clear objectives, including knowing where you will and won't compromise. Our guide to getting the right deal.
So you've decided you need a website. Before you go bowling in, following these steps can help ensure you get your site right first time.
From demonstrating that you understand your customers to handling complaints promptly and effectively, learn how to set up a customer care programme.
From describing your market and researching customers to preparing sales forecasts and budgets, learn how to create a marketing plan.
The internet undoubtedly brings a wealth of business benefits. But it also poses risks. This checklist explains how to get the most from the internet.
Market research helps you spot opportunities, reduce risks and make better decisions. How to find the information you need.
Knowing your market is vital if you want to maximise sales and stand out from the competition. We explain how to find and use market information.