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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.

Raising enough money to start a small business can be difficult. Find out how to calculate how much you need and where you can obtain funding.

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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.
Applying for a small business loan can be tricky - and success is never guaranteed. Read these tips to increase your chances of getting approved.
If your own savings are insufficient to fund your business start up, consider these sources of external funding
In uncertain times, it's good to know your business has options if you hit a sticky cash flow situation. Four funding solutions to consider.
If your business is looking to raise finance, be sure you're not accidentally putting off potential investors. Avoid these fundraising faux pas.
Starting up is exciting - and expensive - but loans can be hard to secure with no trading history. Three essential steps to boost your chances.
Not doing your sums, picking the wrong loan and trying to go it alone - three key mistakes start-ups make with their funding, and what to do instead.
If you have a viable business plan, a start-up loan could help you get your idea off the ground. But what should you look for in a loan?
If your business is just starting out, or has a poor credit history, you still have plenty of finance options. Jayce Redford talks us through.
Four alternatives to bank loans including peer-to-peer lending, crowd-funding, finding a business partner and bootstrapping your business.
Top business judges offer their top tips for pitching success and reveal what they look for in potential winners at the VOOM awards.
According to a government poll, 18% of small businesses want to move banks. There are compelling alternatives to the high street banks, as we explain.
Access to bank credit can prove tricky for start-ups and small firms. Crowd funding is one solution, but is it a viable option for you?
When setting up a new business you need to be clear about how much money you are going to need and where to find it. Read our overview of the options.
Getting bank finance isn't easy these days - but working with your bank and cultivating an open, honest relationship with them could help. Here's how.