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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.

January 2017

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Business incubators can inspire, support and guide start-ups. Tim Allsop explains how an incubator helped his business get off the ground.
Four alternatives to bank loans including peer-to-peer lending, crowd-funding, finding a business partner and bootstrapping your business.
Mindfulness gives you the time and space to be innovative and creative. Tom Evans explains how meditation can open doors and boost your business.
Benjamin Dyer explains how to make more money when you run a trade business by keeping your costs down and getting your pricing right.
Whether transport strikes, or weather disruption, planning ahead can keep your business running when staff can’t get to work.
By making small changes to the way you move about and rest, you and your staff can feel better and perform better in 2017. Brett Hill explains.

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