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Thinking about starting a business? Have an idea to explore – or ready to launch? The MEC Resource Centre is here to support you


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.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

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Bristol-based Kabuto Foods aims to take instant noodles to a whole new level. But what what inspired Crispin Busk to launch the business?
To be effective, your firm's brand identity must be consistent across your website, email and printed literature. Read our checklist.
Branding and business image are key considerations for start-ups. Ces Loftus-Price provides her golden rules for branding your new venture.
The look and feel of your business cards, compliment slips and letterheads is important, they say a lot about your business. We explain.
How to create a marketing action plan that meets your business objectives using SWOT analysis, sales forecasts, scheduling and measurement of results
Checklist: how to write a marketing plan for your business, including setting objectives, choosing marketing methods and tracking results.
Writing a marketing plan may seem unnecessary for a start-up, but in fact it's a vital tool that can help you focus your marketing activities.
Jake Xu of creative design and brand communications agency Ready explains the benefits of planning your approach to marketing.
A guarantee can help remove a customer's concerns when making a purchase. Should you offer a guarantee that goes beyond the statutory customer rights?
Claudia Gillow, founder of Frome-based clothing retailer Deadly is the Female, explains how her business attracts punters.
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne of Edinburgh-based Genius explains how she began selling her range of gluten-free bread to major supermarkets.
How can a small business get their products stocked by major, high-street retailers? One such business shares their inspirational success story.
Rekha Mehr, founder of Pistachio Rose, explains how she got her delicious products onto the shelves of one of the world's most famous shops.
Griff Holland set up takeaway business Friska in 2009. He recognised the value of offering something different from other food outlets nearby.
Many people start their own business because they dream of riches, while others simply want to earn a living from something they truly love. Beer!