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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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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.
Your business might be entitled to claim a grant. Here's how to identify a scheme and apply for grant funding.
Securing grant funding could really help your business develop. Here's how to identify relevant schemes and manage the application process.
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.
If you want your business to be ethical, you need to make informed choices about everyone you work with - including financial providers. Our guide.
When Manveel and Ras Deol spotted a gap in the market, they were determined to keep their business independent and self-funded. Their story.
Attracting investors is a difficult process. This is especially true for new businesses without trade history. But here are a few tips to help you.
Shamin Hoque, director of CurriesOnline, describes how he and his three fellow directors raised the finance he needed to start up his business.
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.