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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.

Raising enough money to start a small business can be difficult. Find out how to calculate how much you need and where you can obtain funding.

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How to get a business loan; sources of business finance and start-up funding, understanding loan repayment terms and how to apply for a loan.
Fed up with your bank? Our guide to business banks, challenger banks, online banks and other sources of business funding for UK small firms.
If your business is looking to raise finance, be sure you're not accidentally putting off potential investors. Avoid these fundraising faux pas.
When setting up a new business you need to be clear about how much money you are going to need and where to find it. Read our overview of the options.
Getting bank finance isn't easy these days - but working with your bank and cultivating an open, honest relationship with them could help. Here's how.
When Manveel and Ras Deol spotted a gap in the market, they were determined to keep their business independent and self-funded. Their story.
Your business might be entitled to claim a grant. Here's how to identify a scheme and apply for grant funding.
Securing grant funding could really help your business develop. Here's how to identify relevant schemes and manage the application process.
Securing grant funding could really help your business develop. Here's how to identify relevant schemes and manage the application process.
Attracting investors is a difficult process. This is especially true for new businesses without trade history. But here are a few tips to help you.
Shamin Hoque, director of CurriesOnline, describes how he and his three fellow directors raised the finance he needed to start up his business.
Access to bank credit can prove tricky for start-ups and small firms. Crowd funding is one solution, but is it a viable option for you?
Finance is important to any business. We explain 12 common sources of start-up and development finance for businesses needing cash.
Andrew Niblock, commercial lawyer at Keystone Law, explains the importance of signing contracts with family members investing in your business.
Steve Richardson of Funding Options answers key questions about asset finance and how it could benefit your business, starting with the basics.