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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.

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.

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Self-belief is key to running a successful business and convincing others to believe in you. How to improve your skills, confidence and outlook.
Starting and managing a business can be even more challenging when you also have to juggle family responsibilities. Our guide to work-life balance.
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.
Many people start their own business because they dream of riches, while others simply want to earn a living from something they truly love. Beer!
Gandys flip-flops uses some of its profits to help orphans in India – just one reason this fast-growing brand continues to win admirers.
Business owners often have to juggle a multitude of tasks. Four easy ways to take control and make the best use of your working time.
Adam Butwilowski spotted a gap in the market for a website for web, ecommerce and social media jobs. So how did he turn his idea into a business?
Remaining organised and prioritising tasks can help you to cope while maximising your productivity. These tips are intended to help you get through.
Many millions of websites have been created using Moonfruit's software since it launched. But sometimes you've got to fail to succeed.
Although Friska founders have big plans for their takeaway with a difference, as Mark Williams finds out, profit is not their only goal.
Hilary Devey started out in a haulage firm. Now she has a multi-million pound business and is high-profile small-business adviser.
The soar-away success of Butlers in the Buff has been built upon the fact that there are many women who like to be waited on by toned, semi-clad men.
Times were tough when Will Starrit and Andrew Taylor took over a motorcycle accessory shop. However, they were soon bucking the downward trend.
Launched in early 2010, following 18 months of R&D, SnoozeShade™ is a blackout blind for pushchairs designed to help babies sleep during the day.
Business inspiration can come from anywhere. Adam Ewart of Send My Bag explains how an unpleasant journey sparked his business idea.

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