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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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Rob and Paul Forkan share the next chapter in the story of their hugely popular brand Gandys and tell us how they have scaled the business.
La Belle Assiette has achieved significant growth since 2013. Stephen Leguillon talks the importance of the right team and retaining core values
Businesses that plan to grow quickly need to make sure their premises give them the flexibility to do so. How to plan strategically for expansion.
The ISO 9000 family of standards helps businesses put quality management processes in place. Read our tips for getting accredited under ISO 9000.
If you don't keep control of your projects, you risk missing deadlines, compromising quality and disappointing clients. Here are the steps to follow.
Acquiring another business can bring huge benefits, but can also drain resources and lead to hidden costs. How to boost your chances of success.
Boosting profitability depends on doing many little things better than the competition. Our guide to making your business more profitable.
You're ready to grow your business - could franchising be the answer? Martin Malcolm outlines how you get others to buy into your brand.
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.
JoJo Maman Bébé started as a classic ‘kitchen table’ enterprise. With 75 UK stores and trade in 50 countries, what advice does Laura Tenison offer?
Partnering with a bigger business can help you leverage your innovations. How to get in front of the right people - and make a great impression.
Essex entrepreneur James Downes built Cable Power into a leading provider of electronics solutions in just three years. His recipe for success.
The success and rapid growth of Perkbox in recent years has been phenomenal. But what role have its employees played, and what guiding principles has the business used when recruiting?
You’ve started your business and things are going well. Eventually, the time will come when you'll need to take on staff. So, how do you make sure you take on the right people at the right time?

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