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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.

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.

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Our helpful checklist will show you the areas to target when you're trying to understand or reduce business costs.
Staying on top of your finances is vital if you want your business to succeed. Read our handy hints on controlling your budget.
Almost every business will experience late payment at some point. This practical checklist will help you recover the money you are owed.
Securing grant funding could really help your business develop. Here's how to identify relevant schemes and manage the application process.
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.
Funding can be hard to come by and competition is fierce - but by planning your approach you can maximise your chances of attracting finance.
If you want your business to be ethical, you need to make informed choices about everyone you work with - including financial providers. Our guide.
While you can't know exactly what the future holds, budgeting reduces uncertainty and helps you anticipate problems. Here's how to create a budget.
Credit control helps you optimise your cash flow and avoid late payment or non-payment. Read our guide to setting up a credit control system.
Getting paid is crucial for any small business. Whether you invoice, take payments online or in person, make it easy for customers to pay you.
If you've never produced an invoice before, how do you know what to include? Chartered accountant Elaine Clark answers key questions about invoices.
When Manveel and Ras Deol spotted a gap in the market, they were determined to keep their business independent and self-funded. Their story.
There are many ways to raise business funds - but which is right for you? Jonathan Amponsah reviews the top finance options for small businesses.
There's a common misconception that grant funding disqualifies your business entirely from claiming R&D tax incentives - but it's not true.
Competing on price threatens your margins and your reputation. Ben Dyer explains why small business owners should avoid price-cutting.

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