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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.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

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From demonstrating that you understand your customers to handling complaints promptly and effectively, learn how to set up a customer care programme.
Market research helps you spot opportunities, reduce risks and make better decisions. How to find the information you need.
Use these handy FAQs to plan your market research, from research methods and costs to finding an agency who understands your 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.
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.
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.
Are you confused or sceptical about what market research can offer? We reveal how to use market research successfully for your small business.
Bristol-based Kabuto Foods aims to take instant noodles to a whole new level. But what what inspired Crispin Busk to launch the business?
To be effective, your firm's brand identity must be consistent across your website, email and printed literature. Read our checklist.
Award-winning hairdresser Adee Phelan reveals how he developed his male grooming range SKNHEAD and built an exciting new hair care brand.
Branding and business image are key considerations for start-ups. Ces Loftus-Price provides her golden rules for branding your new venture.
The look and feel of your business cards, compliment slips and letterheads is important, they say a lot about your business. We explain.
Successful marketing starts with a solid understanding of your customers, finances and opportunities. Our overview of marketing planning.
From describing your market and researching customers to preparing sales forecasts and budgets, learn how to create a marketing plan.
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.