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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.

You have satisfied your business idea is viable. The next step is to decide what form your business should take. We explore the options.

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Market research helps you spot opportunities, reduce risks and make better decisions. How to find the information you need.
Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.
Gandys flip-flops uses some of its profits to help orphans in India – just one reason this fast-growing brand continues to win admirers.
Although Friska founders have big plans for their takeaway with a difference, as Mark Williams finds out, profit is not their only goal.
Many of us have a 'big idea': the idea that fuels our entrepreneurial dreams. But how can we make the transition from dream to business reality?
Ian and Joe Syer of MyArtBroker are business partners - and brothers. They share their insights on managing family relationships at work.
Mother and son team Deborah de Maio and Rem Malloy set up Italy4Real in 1995. They reveal the secrets behind the success of their family business.
How do you disrupt a traditional sector like wine-making? João Pedro Montes, of Wine With Spirit, explains how he built an innovative new wine brand.
Employing a relative is quite different to recruiting someone else. There are some important tax and legal considerations which we explore here:
Family businesses represent the most common business ownership model, and yet few survive beyond one generation. Rachel Miller talks to one thriving family firm about the secrets behind its success.
Fiona Graham of the Institute for Family Business explains why it can pay to keep it in the family when starting and running a business.
Being an ethical business can reduce the negative impacts on people, animals and the environment. It can also boost your bottom line.
Not many people have been in the Guinness Book of World Records and established their own business. Adam King is still trying to be a world-beater.
Aaron Chatterley, founder of feelunique.com, can thank drink for his hugely successful online cosmetics business.
Buying a business can be less risky than starting one. If the business has customers, then it has income. But it will need upfront investment.