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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.

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.

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Amanda Williams, owner of Liverpool-based fashion boutique Style Clinic, shares her experiences and provides advice on finding premises.
Finding premises is not easy for start-ups. Josepha Chakra of Sloane Brothers Frozen Yoghurt Co had to do a lot of legwork to find the right location.
If you are making the move into your first commercial offices, here are ten golden rules to consider before leasing your first office space.
A change of premises could save you time and money. And that means you could be investing more in growing your business. Rachel Miller explains.
Theft, vandalism and arson are the crimes most likely to affect your business. The security measures you should consider to protect your premises.
Break-ins and theft could threaten your business if you lose key equipment or data. Learn how to keep your premises protected.
No matter how small your business, there six basic security measures you can implement to keep staff, equipment and valuables protected.
Criminals are continually looking for more ingenious ways to rob honest, hardworking business owners. So how can you limit the risk you face?