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This section provides expert advice for a small business owner looking to start and run a successful business. Read about case studies and lessons learned from like-minded professionals.

The Companies Act 2006

The Companies Act was finally given Royal Assent to become law on 8 November 2006. It consists of a mammoth 1,300 sections and at 760 pages it is the most substantial Act of Parliament to date relating to company law. Click to read the need to know guide.

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Tips for ethical business

With moves towards environmental protection and the notion of accountable business increasingly accepted as favourable codes of practice to follow, it is important that small firms incorporate ethical and environmental principles into their business plans and day-to-day working lives. Click here to find out how...

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The Ups and Downs of Becoming an Entrepreneur

If you're thinking about starting a small business you need to avoid rose-tinted spectacles and consider the challenges you will face as well as the benefits you'll reap.

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Expert advice: Find a mentor

Running a business can be a lonely experience. It often involves having to make difficult decisions on your own, without anyone to turn to for advice and support. The experience and guidance of a high calibre mentor can make the difference between success and failure for an ambitious company with high growth potential.

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Open courses on running a business

I'm currently employed with a good salary. However, like a lot of others I long to be my own master. To this end, I'd like to learn about the 'hard facts' of running a business before falling victim to 'rose coloured spectacle' syndrome.

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Opening a bonded warehouse

I am interested in opening a bonded warehouse, could you point me in the right direction as to who I should contact to start the ball rolling?

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Checklist: your skills

Running your own business means you must wear a range of hats: financial controller, marketer, people manager and more. Use this checklist to identify where your strengths lie and where there is room for improvement.

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Checklist: your family

Starting up a business changes everything, including your family life. When starting up, use this checklist to see if you and your family are prepared and how they may be able to help.

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Are you the right personality to start a business?

Not everyone has what it takes to start a business. If you are thinking of taking the plunge and going it alone, consider the following to see if you are ready.

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Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

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Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze