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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.

Exporting your goods can open up exciting new markets and increase your turnover. But it is not without risks. Read our guide to international trade.

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Importing could help you cut costs and access unique supplies not available in the UK. What you need to consider when buying abroad.
Interview with David Priestley, Head of Export Finance Managers at UKEF and Adam Castleton CEO of Startle about the challenges of exporting and obtaining export finance.
The post-Brexit future for many UK industries remains uncertain - and supply chains aren't immune to the risks. Is there any light on the horizon?
Expanding to the US could be the making of many a British business - but it's not a simple task. How to check whether the signs are right for success.
Moving into a new market brings serious challenges at any time, but especially now with EU exit terms still under discussion. Tips for success.
Being a small business can feel like being a tiny fish in a big pond sometimes. But what if you're doing business across the pond?
Shweta Jhajharia discusses how Brexit will affect UK SMEs and says business owners need to make the most of opportunities despite the uncertainty.
Importing could help you cut costs and access unique supplies not available in the UK. What you need to consider when buying abroad.
When planning for exporting, thoroughly research the market and potential problems and take advantage of the support and information available to you.
Janan Leo orginally combined her full-time job with running CocoRose, her 'after hours' online business. So how did it grow to become an international affair?