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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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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.
Selling can be intimidating, but our useful checklist will help your prepare a sales pitch that will persuade the customer, overcome objections and close the sale.
From describing your market and researching customers to preparing sales forecasts and budgets, learn how to create a marketing plan.
PR activities can help spread the word about your business for little money. This checklist explains how to promote your business through the press.
When planning for exporting, thoroughly research the market and potential problems and take advantage of the support and information available to you.
From preparing yourself and clarifying your objectives to realising the importance of listening, learn how to improve your negotiating skills.
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.
From having a clear complaints-handling procedure to training staff and improving systems, use our checklist to better manage customers' complaints.
Exhibitions can be a great place to meet potential customers face to face. Here are the key steps to exhibition success.
Use this checklist to help to develop new products, from developing new ideas to setting budgets, deciding on product specification and prototyping.
To be effective, your firm's brand identity must be consistent across your website, email and printed literature. Read our checklist.
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.
How to set a sales strategy that will help your business achieve its potential, from finding new customers to setting targets and performance reviews.
Many people start their own business because they dream of riches, while others simply want to earn a living from something they truly love. Beer!