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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.

Market research can provide you with insight into your market, competitors, products, and customers. This overview will help you research your market.

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Market research helps you spot opportunities, reduce risks and make better decisions. How to find the information you need.
Use published market research and your own research to get data you need to target new opportunities, and understand your customer's wants and needs.
Knowing your market is vital if you want to maximise sales and stand out from the competition. We explain how to find and use market information.
In the rush to get your product to market, it's easy to get carried away, but you must carry out thorough market research to check there's a market.
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.
Before you start a business, you must carry out market research on your prices - it can be the difference between success and failure.
Market research is essential for a start-up – allowing you to define your strategy, improve your targeting and get ahead of your rivals.
Bristol-based Kabuto Foods aims to take instant noodles to a whole new level. But what what inspired Crispin Busk to launch the business?
The humble questionnaire is a very powerful tool. Not only does it allow you to find out what your customers think but it can also boost loyalty.
Are you confused or sceptical about what market research can offer? We reveal how to use market research successfully for your small business.
Market research can help you to identify your target consumer, find out what they think about your ideas and help you target the right market.
Quantitative research is about asking people their opinions in a structured way so that you can produce facts and statistics to guide your marketing.
Qualitative research is about finding out not just what people think but why they think it, as well as their motivations and feelings.
Market research expert Rob Sheldon explains the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and the role they play in market research.
Market research can give you insight into your market, your competitors, your products, your marketing and your customers. Here's how it can help.

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