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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.

Running a successful business is not for everyone. Time, commitment, funding and skills are essential. Find out if you have what it takes.

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Starting a business can be exhilarating, but it has its downsides and risks. How to appraise whether you have what it takes to run a business.
Many managers wonder whether they're doing the best job possible for the business and their staff. This checklist will help you review your skills and see where you could improve.
Oliver Bell, who co-founded Oliver's Travels with best mate Ravi, shares the perils and pitfalls of starting and running a business with a friend.
Wondering if you can start a business? Sarah Giblin, founder of RiutBags, answers common start up questions from would-be entrepreneurs.
Fiona Graham of the Institute for Family Business explains why it can pay to keep it in the family when starting and running a business.
Combining the demands of running a business with the responsibility of bringing up children is a demanding task, yet more mums are doing it.
Some people prefer to retain full ownership of a business and call all the shots, but having a partner can provide a way to share responsibility.
Family businesses represent the most common business ownership model, and yet few survive beyond one generation. Rachel Miller talks to one thriving family firm about the secrets behind its success.
There has been a revolution; passion is driving business not profit. Penina Shepherd reveals why today's entrepreneurs go into business.
Jessica Patterson reveals how she started her PR business and explains what it takes to launch your own start-up and make it a success.
The recent recession saw record numbers of entrepreneurial start-up launches with little sign of slowing down. What are the key facts you should know?
How you can grow your business and enhance your offer when all of your time is taken up by business as usual? The answer is managing your workflow.
If you met some of the latest bunch of candidates on the new series of The Apprentice you’d be forgiven for running a mile, says Rachel Miller.
When FE students were asked to define entrepreneurs, just 5% identified local and regional businesses, small shops and near-by start-ups.
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.

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