Business guides

Our guides are appropriate to all aspects of running a business, covering subjects such as starting up, employment, tax, marketing and growth.

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    First steps

    Advice on getting a business started, including self- employment, business naming and intellectual property. There’s also a downloadable business plan.

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    Your market

    Understanding your market is one of the golden rules of business, so we’ve complied this list of over 100 different markets. 

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    Finance

    Discover how to find funding, become ‘lender ready’, manage your cash flow (along with taxes and other HMRC topics) and more.

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    Manage your business

    Running your business can be a job in itself. So make it easier with our guides on everything from finding premises to IT, environmental issues and risk management.

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    Sales and marketing

    The most brilliant business plan is no use if nobody knows about it. So this section helps you sell, market, import, export, improve your website and write your marketing plan.

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    Employing people

    People make a business. So this section tells you what you need to know about managing them, paying them and keeping them healthy, safe and happy.

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    Grow and improve

    If you’re considering growth, this section helps you decide whether your business is ready, and demonstrates ways of going about it, such as joint ventures or partnerships.