Everything you need to know to
get your idea off the ground

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.

Business planning

Business planning is a key part of creating a successful business. Planning helps you assess how good your business idea is and decide what the best way is to make things happen.

Planning lets you think about what you want to do, how you are going to do it and anticipate mistakes. If you don't plan, your only option is to learn as you go along - often at high expense.

Effective planning helps you develop a business strategy that takes into account what you are trying to achieve and what competitive threats you face. A realistic strategy will take into account your own skills and the financial resources you have.

Whether you need to raise start-up financing or not, you should write your strategy down as a business plan. Doing this helps ensure that you have thought through all the important issues in a systematic way. Your plan then becomes a working tool that you can use to help you run the business, revising and updating the plan over time.

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