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Whether your business is just starting or growing we're here to encourage and support you every step of the way.


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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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.
In a well set-up office, the equipment, systems and environment all contribute to making your business more efficient. How to plan your office.
Theft, vandalism and arson are the crimes most likely to affect your business. The security measures you should consider to protect your premises.
Moving into licensed property is easier, quicker and cheaper than taking on a lease or buying a freehold property. Our overview of premises licences.
Moving premises can be time-consuming and disruptive to your business, and communication is key. Our guide to planning and managing a premises move.
As your business needs change, you may want to get out of your premises lease - but it will likely involve negotiation with your landlord. Our guide.
The right premises can boost productivity, attract good employees and give the right impression to customers. How to find business premises.
Is your office feeling cramped, cluttered or shabby? Follow our tips to give it - and your staff - a new lease of life.
When you move into new premises, there's a lot to think about before you can start work. This checklist tells you what you need to consider.
Break-ins and theft could threaten your business if you lose key equipment or data. Learn how to keep your premises protected.
Don't let your business be stopped in its tracks by burst pipes, boiler breakdowns or huge bills. Use our checklist to prepare for cold weather.
Moving premises can be highly disruptive. It's important to plan how you can resume work with a minimum of time lost. Here's what to consider.
The type of business premises you choose can have a big effect on productivity, employee happiness and expenses. Here's how to make the right choice.
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.
Communications and computing technology mean many businesses can operate from almost anywhere if they have access to a reliable internet connection.