Starting a business

Starting a business

Planning and organisation are crucial when setting up a new business. You've a far higher chance of success if you take time to prepare. We can help with that preparation in all sorts of ways.

You'll find guidance on practical issues, such as business premises and legal basics. There's useful tips and even essential software to help you produce an inspiring business plan. We've unique industry and economic information that could be invaluable in your market research.

Our comprehensive resources are here to help you take the first steps with confidence.

What you need to know

  • Planning a start-up. Getting your business off on the right foot is all-important. Our helpful tips and guidance can show you how.
  • Market research. Understanding your market - both your customers and your competitors - is vital. Find out the benefits of market research and ways to do it.
  • Business plan. When you set up a business, you're setting out on a journey. A business plan is your map. We'll show you what to include and how to write it.
  • Business tips. Benefit from helpful tips and hints posted directly by other business people like you and share your thoughts and experiences.
  • Legal considerations. Make sure you're up to speed with the essential legalities of setting up and running a business.

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