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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.

Preparation is essential to successfully grow your business. Discover which elements you will need in place if you are to scale your business up.

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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.
How to set a sales strategy that will help your business achieve its potential, from finding new customers to setting targets and performance reviews.
It's essential to carry out thorough research before you start exporting, to avoid costly mistakes and boost your chances of success. Our guide.
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.
Can your business be scaled? What if you lack experience? What obstacles might you face? We ask a leading expert on high-growth entrepreneurship
Becoming a franchise could allow you to maximise your returns, but what does franchising involve and what issues do you need to consider?
You're ready to grow your business - could franchising be the answer? Martin Malcolm outlines how you get others to buy into your brand.
The ISO 9000 family of standards helps businesses put quality management processes in place. Read our tips for getting accredited under ISO 9000.
Even a successful business can expect a few ups and downs. Will yours weather the storm? Anthony Main tells us what he's learned from adversity.
You might have reached the point where you need to expand your operation to develop your business. How can marketing help you drive business growth?
A business growth plan should cover everything from sales forecasting to funding. This guide focuses on the key areas that can help SMEs get ahead.
Only half of business startups will survive to celebrate their fifth birthday. Ritam Gandhi, founder of Studio Graphene, shares his advice on how to ensure your business is here to last.
You’ve started your business and things are going well. Eventually, the time will come when you'll need to take on staff. So, how do you make sure you take on the right people at the right time?
Growth is the goal for many entrepreneurs but building a much bigger business is no easy feat. Top business mentors tell us what it takes.