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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.

Many businesses use their websites to generate additional revenue. Some start up exclusively online. Learn how to start an online business.

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How to establish an online presence so that you can market and sell your products online even during the lockdown
Many people dream of the perfect business, combining great profits with minimal effort. An online business can do just that. So where do you start?
Based in north-east Scotland, Polished Bliss is a small specialist car care business run by four passionate individuals. Here's their story.
Josh Barling is joint owner and CEO of eCommerce agency Sellerdeck. He shares his top tips for setting up an online store.
Ari Last, co-founder of bubble, reveals how the business got started – from concept and market research to finding funding and product development.
In just four years, VIA, has grown rapidly from kitchen table to a turnover in excess of £1 million a year. Alex Tebbs shares the secrets of their success
Podcast with Greg Le Tocq, founder of vouchercloud - Europe's most successful vouchering platform. He discusses how he started the business.