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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.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Business planning is not just for start-ups, says Russell Streeter; business owners should review progress and plan strategy regularly.
No-nonsense jargon buster explaining many of the key start-up words and terms you might come across when starting, forming and running your business.
Your business plan should be the roadmap for how you run your business - and it's vital if you want to attract finance.
From describing your market and researching customers to preparing sales forecasts and budgets, learn how to create a marketing plan.
A business plan outlines your strategy - from the market you operate in to your staff and marketing activities. Our guide to writing a great plan.
A key task when starting up is drawing up a sound business plan that outlines your idea, strategy for achieving your aims and other key information.
Some firms struggle to achieve significant growth, staying much as they were at the start-up phase. So how can you make the move to the big league?
Unless you are happy as you are, you will be looking for ways to develop and grow your business. These 10 steps will lead you in the right direction.
Emma Warren of business development services provider Portfolio Directors explains how key performance indicators can help small businesses.
Writing a business plan can seem daunting if you've never done it before but you can't afford to put it off. Here's how to get it right.
In this short YouTube video clip, Business Wales explains how to create and lay out a business plan.
Writing a business plan forces you to consider many different issues, and this can help focus your thinking. Chris Wildman, director of Town End Farm Shop, tell us how he created his start-up business plan.
Key performance indicators can help you measure how your business is performing in particular areas, so that you can track and improve this over time.
Unless you are happy as you are, you will be looking for ways to develop and grow your business. These ten steps will lead you in the right direction.
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