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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.

A business strategy will help you look at the bigger picture and plan your business' long-term future. Discover how to prepare a business strategy.

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From describing your market and researching customers to preparing sales forecasts and budgets, learn how to create a marketing plan.
Boosting profitability depends on doing many little things better than the competition. Our guide to making your business more profitable.
Some firms struggle to achieve significant growth, staying much as they were at the start-up phase. So how can you make the move to the big league?
Unless you are happy as you are, you will be looking for ways to develop and grow your business. These 10 steps will lead you in the right direction.
Emma Warren of business development services provider Portfolio Directors explains how key performance indicators can help small businesses.
Writing a marketing plan may seem unnecessary for a start-up, but in fact it's a vital tool that can help you focus your marketing activities.
Key performance indicators can help you measure how your business is performing in particular areas, so that you can track and improve this over time.
Even a successful business can expect a few ups and downs. Will yours weather the storm? Anthony Main tells us what he's learned from adversity.
Benchmarking provides a way to measure how effective your processes are, compared to competitors. Here's how to set up benchmarking in your business.
Part-time businesses are booming. According to research, 20% of UK adults use their spare time to grow a new business or earn extra income.
Jake Xu of creative design and brand communications agency Ready explains the benefits of planning your approach to marketing.
Although the rate of business failures is dropping, failures are still well above the rates seen before the start of the economic crisis.
Strategy simply means having a plan of action to get your business to where you want it to be. The key is to focus on what you're trying to achieve.
Some great ideas fail, while what appeared marginal businesses have enjoyed great success. So what mistaken beliefs do many new owners have?

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