Dom Walbanke is a feature writer for Growth Business and Small Business, focused on matters concerning start-ups and scale-ups. He has also been published in the Independent, FourFourTwo magazine and various lifestyle publications.

Sole trader

What business insurance do I need as a sole trader?

What are the main types of business insurance for a sole trader and what if I’m working from home?


Small business diary with Duffy Boxing: Learning the basics

Small Business catches up with Ciaran Duffy, former professional boxer and founder, for a series on starting a small business

Small Business Insurance

Do electricians need professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance isn’t required by law for electricians, but it is worth your while to cover yourself from damage to a property

Small Business Insurance

What insurance do I need for an online jewellery business?

I'm starting an online handmade jewellery business which will be run from my home. What type of insurance do I need?


Small business grant winner: Interview with Studio Flox

Kal Watrobski of upholstery business Studio Flox will use her grant money on accountancy and social media assistance

Business Loans

Alternative business funding for small businesses

For the third year in a row, challenger banks account for a higher share of gross lending to small businesses than the ‘big five’ banks

Small Business Insurance

Public liability insurance for building contractors

For building contractors and the construction industry, taking out public liability insurance is critical

Business Loans

How to get funding for your business with The Prince’s Trust

The Prince's Trust could give you with a useful mix of funding and mentoring as well as getting to grips with cashflow forecasting.


Record number of new companies launched in 2023

NatWest and Beauhurst’s New Startup Index reports a record 900,000 companies were started in 2023, up 12% on 2022

Business Ideas & Planning

Best business ideas for 2024: Vehicle leasing host

Our cars spend 96% of their time sitting on a driveway, so being a vehicle leasing host could bring in plenty of passive income.

Business Ideas & Planning

Best business ideas for 2024: Grow your own food

With sales in veg boxes increasing over the last four years, growing your own produce could be one way to reap a profit in 2024

Business Ideas & Planning

Best business ideas for 2024: Graphic designer

The graphic design industry has grown by 18 per cent in the last five years and demand for graphic designers has ‘swelled’ from advertising agencies