Helping your business to Start, Grow and Develop.

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.

Market research helps you spot opportunities, reduce risks and make better decisions. How to find the information you need.
Poor time management causes stress and longer work days. This checklist will help you get on top of your schedule.
Running a business is a big responsibility, and can often lead to stress. Read our hints on how to manage overwork and associated health problems.
Use this checklist to help to develop new products, from developing new ideas to setting budgets, deciding on product specification and prototyping.
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.
Starting a business can be exhilarating, but it has its downsides and risks. How to appraise whether you have what it takes to run a business.
Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.
Gandys flip-flops uses some of its profits to help orphans in India – just one reason this fast-growing flip-flop brand continues to win admirers.
Remaining organised and prioritising tasks can help you to cope while maximising your productivity. These tips are intended to help you get through.
Although Friska founders have big plans for their Bristol-based 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.
Mother and son team Deborah de Maio and Rem Malloy set up Italy4Real in 1995. They reveal the secrets behind the success of their family business.
How do you disrupt a traditional sector like wine-making? João Pedro Montes, of Wine With Spirit, explains how he built an innovative new wine brand.
Employing a relative is quite different to recruiting someone else. There are some important tax and legal considerations which we explore here:
Fiona Graham of the Institute for Family Business explains why it can pay to keep it in the family when starting and running a business.

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