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.
Advice on protecting your wellbeing, self-confidence and mental health from the pressures of starting and running a business.
Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.
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.
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.
STANTA runs business training workshops on most Friday mornings.
The Business Planning Workshop (sponsored by Clydesdale bank, St Albans and held in their offices) and the bookkeeping course are considered essential for all start-up businesses and are free to all busnesses.
Other courses include: Moving on with Social Media, Search Engine Optimisation, Google Analytics, How to raise your company’s profile, Wordpress, Content Marketing, Employing staff for the first time
For clients signed up to the Herts Start Up Programme (available to pre-start, new and established businesses up to 3½ years old) these course are free. For those businesses not qualifying, or don’t wish to commit to 12 hours of support, courses cost £45.
How to make money with a side hustle: side hustle business ideas, set up costs, side gig income potential and side hustle tax rules.
How Charlie Low and Dale Comley wrote a best-selling book about converting vans into off-grid mobile homes and created their award-winning business, Climbingvan.
How ex-bartenders Matt Mahatme and Jordan Palmer created Lixir Drinks, a tonic water and mixer brand that "combines big flavours with less sugar, fewer calories and nothing artificial".
West-Midlands-based entrepreneur Surlender Pendress looks back on starting her business with Mark Sherwood and shares her start-up top tips.
How to overcome mental blocks and get more done when you run your own business; 13 ways to tackle a mental block and unleash your productivity
How to deal with rejection in business, handle objections, learn from your mistakes and move on to the next pitch without losing confidence.
In this start-up story episode, we speak to Troy Johnson, co-founder of Sweet Dee's Jerk, award-winning Caribbean food brand, kitchen and meal-kit maker, which is based in Tooting, South London.
Mental health issues cost businesses an estimated £17 – £26 billion every year. Managing stress as a small business makes financial sense but also improves wellbeing for both you and your employees.
The cost of living crisis is making life tough for the UK’s small firms. Our guide highlights the many ways you can get help if your business is struggling.
How to overcome fear of failure; how to stop fear from holding you back, change your mindset, learn from your mistakes and achieve your goals.
What is imposter syndrome? How to spot the signs of imposter syndrome as a business owner, change your mindset and overcome imposter syndrome.
Google Analytics has been updated. Here's what every small business needs to know about Google Analytics 4.
It's essential you get your invoicing right, but did you know that you don't need to include the same information for every invoice? Discover ten things you need to know about invoicing.
How to register a business name, including registering on Companies House, registering with HMRC, registering a trade mark and buying a domain name.
Guide to tax for self-employed workers including income tax and National Insurance rates for UK freelancers and sole traders
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.