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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.

Start up costs can quickly escalate unless you keep them under control. Learn which costs you may incur and how to calculate and minimise them.

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Using environmentally-friendly suppliers for your business does more than just make you look good. It can also lead to tax breaks and cost savings.
The right suppliers will make a big difference to the cost and quality of your products and services. How to choose suppliers and get the right deal.
For many businesses, a 1% cut in costs can have the same impact on profit as a 10% increase in sales. Our guide to efficient purchasing.
Good negotiation depends on setting clear objectives, including knowing where you will and won't compromise. Our guide to getting the right deal.
Effective purchasing can make the difference between business profit and loss. Our helpful checklist explains how to get the best from your purchases.
Many people are unsure when it comes to negotiating purchases, but you could be allowing suppliers to walk all over you. Read our helpful tips.
Our helpful checklist will show you the areas to target when you're trying to understand or reduce business costs.
Geoff Wightwick of accountancy and business service provider Baker Tilly watches the pennies and provides advice on how to start up on a shoestring.
Martin Dunne of Sayers Butterworth chartered accountants explains how to work out how much starting a new business will cost from the outset.
Shamin Hoque, director of CurriesOnline, describes how he and his three fellow directors raised the finance he needed to start up his business.
Business travel is an inevitable part of business from client and supplier meetings to searching for premises. These tips will help keep costs down.
Sales forecasting is key to cash flow control, but it can be difficult for new businesses, because they don't have any past sales figures to go on.

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