Celebrating 100 years in business

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.

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.

Sound cash flow management is a must, according to credit control expert Martin Bown. He shares his top tips.
Using environmentally-friendly suppliers for your business does more than just make you look good. It can also lead to tax breaks and cost savings.
The right suppliers will make a big difference to the cost and quality of your products and services. How to choose suppliers and get the right deal.
For many businesses, a 1% cut in costs can have the same impact on profit as a 10% increase in sales. Our guide to efficient purchasing.
Your prices can have a dramatic effect on sales and profits - the right price is competitive while protecting your profit margins. Our overview.
Good negotiation depends on setting clear objectives, including knowing where you will and won't compromise. Our guide to getting the right deal.
Effective purchasing can make the difference between business profit and loss. Our helpful checklist explains how to get the best from your purchases.
Many people are unsure when it comes to negotiating purchases, but you could be allowing suppliers to walk all over you. Read our helpful tips.
Read our list of tips for controlling your cash flow, including chasing debts and avoiding the dangers of overtrading.
Getting bank finance isn't easy these days - but working with your bank and cultivating an open, honest relationship with them could help. Here's how.
Profitability needs to be the key long-term aim of any business. Follow our helpful tips to ensure you have the best chance of making profits.
Your business might be entitled to claim a grant. Here's how to identify a scheme and apply for grant funding.
A helpful checklist on drawing up your business budget, including what to put in it and who to involve in the process.
Poor stock control can lead to inefficiency in supplying customers, increased storage costs and wastage. Here's how to control your stock levels.
To avoid the risk of late payment - or no payment at all - it's essential to vet the people you offer credit to, and make your terms clear.

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