Start a New Business

Guides for those who are starting a new business, including advice on planning, strategy, legal issues and financial considerations such as initial startup costs and funding.


Marketing a new business

Half of UK businesses don’t have a marketing plan. Here’s how to ensure you get ahead of the pack

Starting a Business

One in five Brits say they want to start a business in 2021

Only 6% of those surveyed say that have been pushed into working for themselves after losing their job


Free start-up checklist

As we enter 2021, many of us will be thinking of going into business for ourselves. Use this free 20-point start-up checklist for launching your own business

Setting up a company

Buying a company name before starting up

If I want to buy my company name so no one else can take it, but I’m not ready to start trading, how do I do that? What are my ongoing responsibilities with annual returns?


How to start a new business if Covid makes you redundant

COVID-19 is expected to decimate the UK jobs market, with unemployment doubling to 7.5% by the end of 2020. How to set up on your own if you’ve been made redundant.

Business Ideas & Planning

5 best ideas to start a small business post coronavirus

With many facing redundancy as businesses emerge from lockdown and those on furlough lose their jobs, here are five low-cost ideas for starting your own business post Covid-19

Starting a Business

How I started my business – Zaffrin O’Sullivan, Five Dot Botanics

Zaffrin O’Sullivan created her skincare brand Five Dot Botanics to answer a consumer need for transparency and simplicity in ingredients. Today, her brand is stocked in Holland & Barrett health food stores

Starting a Business

How I started my business – The Little Black & White Book Project

Ruth Bradford started her award-winning business because she was dissatisfied with board books for babies available on the market. Today, The Little Black and White Book Project imprint sells nationwide through bookshops as well as direct through her website


Small Business goes live with Start a New Business

Start a New Business offers a step-by-step guide for the 81% of Britons looking to start their own business, with live shows in London, Birmingham and Glasgow


Birmingham is the best city in the UK for small businesses

New European research reveals that Birmingham is the best place in the UK for small businesses.


How to start a financial company

The financial sector can be an attractive way of starting a company in a European country, as we explore here.


Brighton is officially the best place to start a business

The best place for your fledgling business is the popular seaside resort of Brighton, according to a new study.

Partner content

Streamlining document management for your small business

David Malan, sales director of DocuWare for the UK and Ireland, explains how the platform can streamline your document management

Business Loans

A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

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Why you need a business bank account

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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