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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.

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.

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If you own a small business, it's likely you want it to grow - but it's not always clear whether you're taking the right steps to success. Six tips.
Four essential bits of advice for startup founders: communicate well, know your market, build a team, and be ready to keep adapting
Done well, expansion will take a business to the next level, establishing the platform for strong future growth. Here’s how to build for the future.
Ambitious startups can bet set up with a structure, a team and operational processes that make growing and adapting much easier in the future.
UK businesses must adapt to an uncertain political landscape if they want to thrive. Premises location is just one strategic issue to consider.
Many start-ups see rapid growth - but if not properly managed it could lead to a big crash. Wesley Rashid explains how to scale up sustainably.
Many start-ups find that their company culture changes as the business grows. Ian Naylor explains how to keep that start-up spirit alive.
The UK has a thriving enterprise economy. Now it needs to focus on turning start-ups into scale-ups, says Mark Brownridge of the EIS Association.
Benjamin Dyer explains how to make more money when you run a trade business by keeping your costs down and getting your pricing right.
Convincing people to finance your start-up isn't easy. James Oakes explains what potential investors look for - and what turns them off.
Key areas business owners need to focus on - including winning sales, managing cash flow, motivating employees and dealing with legal obligations.
How to set a sales strategy that will help your business achieve its potential, from finding new customers to setting targets and performance reviews.
If your business is looking to raise finance, be sure you're not accidentally putting off potential investors. Avoid these fundraising faux pas.
It's essential to carry out thorough research before you start exporting, to avoid costly mistakes and boost your chances of success. Our guide.
Acquiring another business can bring huge benefits, but can also drain resources and lead to hidden costs. How to boost your chances of success.

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