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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.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

Buying a business can be a big step forward, but there are pitfalls. Find out how to complete the purchase and check the real state of the business.
When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.
When you set up your business, it pays to get the legal structure right from the start. Read our guide to your options and what you need to consider.
Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.
Actress and singer Daniele Coombe owns the Exeter franchise for Monkey Music, for pre-schoolers. She explains how and why she became a franchisee.
Laura Clarke, associate solicitor at WBW Solicitors, answers key questions about franchise agreements and says the agreement needs to be in writing.
Gandys flip-flops uses some of its profits to help orphans in India – just one reason this fast-growing flip-flop brand continues to win admirers.
Although Friska founders have big plans for their Bristol-based takeaway with a difference, as Mark Williams finds out, profit is not their only goal.
Andrew Millet of Wisteria Formations provides an introduction to the rules about forming a company and what 'incorporation' actually means.
Chris Barling, CEO of ecommerce software supplier SellerDeck, shares his tips for online selling and says that normal business rules still apply.
Becoming a franchise could allow you to maximise your returns, but what does franchising involve and what issues do you need to consider?
Being an ethical business can reduce the negative impacts on people, animals and the environment. It can also boost your bottom line.
Heather Baker had no previous experience of running a business, but when a local business came up for sale the opportunity was much too good to miss.
When Aaron Jones taught children in North India before starting university, the experience inspired him to set up his business, Fikay.
Do you sometimes wish you had someone you could run an idea past? The right mentor could be an asset to your business — a valuable source of advice.

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