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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.

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.

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Growing businesses need to be agile, responsive and have contingency plans for whatever the market throws at them. How to plan for business growth.
How to set a sales strategy that will help your business achieve its growth potential, including setting sales targets, managing salespeople and using CRM systems.
Convincing people to finance your start-up isn't easy. James Oakes explains what potential investors look for - and what turns them off.
Key areas business owners need to focus on - including winning sales, managing cash flow, motivating employees and dealing with legal obligations.
If your business is looking to raise finance, be sure you're not accidentally putting off potential investors. Avoid these fundraising faux pas.
It's essential to carry out thorough research before you start exporting, to avoid costly mistakes and boost your chances of success. Our guide.
Acquiring another business can bring huge benefits, but can also drain resources and lead to hidden costs. How to boost your chances of success.
Crowdfunding is a popular way of raising finance for growing businesses. Matthew Cooper-Jones explains how it works and how his firm has benefitted.
Businesses that plan to grow quickly need to make sure their premises give them the flexibility to do so. How to plan strategically for expansion.
Using a consultant in your business: from the benefits of outside expertise and negotiating fees to agreeing objectives and managing projects.
The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is aimed at small businesses that are ambitious to grow. Mark Brownridge explains how the funding scheme works.
Using a consultant can be a great way to get a project rolling or to bring in expert help. We explain how to get the best from your consultant.
Poor time management causes stress and longer work days. This checklist will help you get on top of your schedule.
Unless you are happy as you are, you will be looking for ways to develop and grow your business. These ten steps will lead you in the right direction.
Becoming a franchise could allow you to maximise your returns, but what does franchising involve and what issues do you need to consider?