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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.

A well-researched and written business plan is an essential tool. Discover how to structure and write a business plan and what information to include.

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Business planning is not just for start-ups, says Russell Streeter; business owners should review progress and plan strategy regularly.
A business plan is the roadmap for how you run your business. Here's how to write yours.
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.
Answers to your key questions on writing a business plan including how to outline your idea, strategy and financial plan for achieving your aims.
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, 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.
Not everyone understands the relationship between the business plan and fundraising. OGS Capital asked their most successful businesses for tips.
These business plan templates can help you think about your business ideas and get a plan together.
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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