Business planning for start-ups

No matter what stage your business has reached, planning is crucial. From writing a business plan for your new venture to creating a marketing strategy now your company has established itself, here we dive into the different aspects of planning that should be at the forefront of your mind.

Essential guide to starting a business

Learn what’s involved when starting a business in the UK and how to put together the documents you’ll need along the way.

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How to write a business plan

A strong business plan is important to the success of your new business and crucial when applying for business funding.

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Setting aims for your business

Giving your business goals and targets to achieve will help you to grow and measure your success.

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Essential guide to starting a business

Find useful information on what’s involved when starting a business in the UK and learn how to put together your business documents.

Find out more

How to write a business plan

A strong business plan is important to the success of your new business and crucial when applying for business funding.

Find out more

Setting aims for your business

Giving your business goals and targets to achieve will help you to grow and measure your success.

Read more

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8 ways to build a scalable start-up

If you’re looking to take your start-up to the next level, growth is important, but it’s scaling that really matters.

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How to write a business plan

What skills do you need to start a business?

Making the leap from employee to starting your own business can see you take on a wide variety of roles.

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5 ways to spend your loan

How to test your business idea before blowing a fortune

Testing your business idea before you proceed can save you money and let you identify any potential issues.

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20 business ideas

20 business ideas for right now

There’s never been a better time to branch out and pursue the career you want, as your own boss. There are record numbers of small business entrants…

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make the most of seasonal spikes

Making the most of seasonal peaks

Every year we witness the hype surrounding Christmas, from the annual countdown, to the John Lewis advert, to Marks and Spencer’s mouthwatering food…

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Understanding product development process

Understanding the product development process

Transform your business or product idea into commercial reality with our guide to setting up a product development process. Product development…

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Setting up a small business

Setting up a small business – The complete guide

If you’re thinking of setting up a small business, it’s essential that you know exactly what’s involved. Our seven step guide covers everything you…

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rent or buy office furniture

How to buy or rent office furniture

Setting up an office for the first time can be costly, and choosing to either buy or rent office furniture can make a big difference to your bottom…

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Choose business supplier

How to choose the best business supplier

Finding the best business supplier for your start-up can be a challenge, but our guide to choosing the best supplier – from IT and equipment…

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how to price products

How to price products as a business

Setting the price of your products or services is one of the toughest decisions a small business needs to make. Our handy guide will help you set…

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maximise small office space

How to maximise your small office space

By making the most of your small office space, you can spend more time focused on running your business rather than struggling for space. Follow our…

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importance of marketing

The Importance of Marketing for a Start Up Business

Marketing is like the heart of your business. For your business to survive, it needs marketing, and the stronger it is the healthier your business…

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what is a franchise

What is a franchise?

Looking to start a franchise? Learn how buying and running a franchise can be the perfect way to become your own boss. A franchise is a business in…

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how to run a successful franchise

How to run a successful franchise

Become a top performing business franchise owner with our top tips for ensuring your franchise is a sure-fire success. Buying a franchise is a great…

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how to setup an online business

How to set up an online business

With minimal start up costs and a potential customer base of millions, setting up an online business has never been more popular. Find out what it…

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how to pitch your business idea

How to pitch your business idea

If you want to raise money for a start up business, you’ll need to know how to pitch your business idea so you can attract investors into funding…

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How to value your new business

How to value your new business

Understanding the value of a business opportunity and your new business start-up is a useful exercise – especially when applying for funding and…

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market research techniques

Market research techniques

Whether you are launching your business or are already trading, knowing your place within the market is essential for business development and…

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evaluate business idea

How to evaluate a business idea

Ready to launch your new business? Get started with our ten-step guide on how to evaluate a business idea and discover if it will succeed. Turning a…

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choose the right franchise

How to choose the right franchise for you

Buying a franchise is an easy way to start running your own business, with a better chance of success than starting a business from scratch. Our…

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securing first premises

Top tips for securing your first premises

Securing a premises for your start up business can mean the difference between it launching or never opening. Have you seen the Start Up Loans TV…

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matter of life or debt

A Matter of Life and Debt – Start Up Loans on the BBC

A new BBC series, A Matter of Life and Debt, takes a look at the lives of people and their businesses, which have been transformed through…

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how to write a business plan

How to write a business plan

A robust business plan is crucial to the success of your new business. A well-written business plan is important when you’re about to start a…

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five ways to spend loan

5 Ways to Spend Your Start Up Loan

If you’re considering setting up your own business, one of the most important parts of your business plan is how you will fund what you want to do….

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twenty business ideas

20 business ideas for right now

There’s never been a better time to branch out and pursue the career you want, as your own boss. There are record numbers of small business entrants…

Read articleRead More

make most of seasonal peaks

Making the most of seasonal peaks

Every year we witness the hype surrounding Christmas, from the annual countdown, to the John Lewis advert, to Marks and Spencer’s mouthwatering food…

Read articleRead More

Understand product development process

Understanding the product development process

Transform your business or product idea into commercial reality with our guide to setting up a product development process. Product development…

Read articleRead More

setting up small business

Setting up a small business – The complete guide

If you’re thinking of setting up a small business, it’s essential that you know exactly what’s involved. Our seven step guide covers everything you…

Read articleRead More

rent or buy office furniture

How to buy or rent office furniture

Setting up an office for the first time can be costly, and choosing to either buy or rent office furniture can make a big difference to your bottom…

Read articleRead More

choose business supplier

How to choose the best business supplier

Finding the best business supplier for your start-up can be a challenge, but our guide to choosing the best supplier – from IT and equipment…

Read articleRead More

how to price products

How to price products as a business

Setting the price of your products or services is one of the toughest decisions a small business needs to make. Our handy guide will help you set…

Read articleRead More

maximise small office space

How to maximise your small office space

By making the most of your small office space, you can spend more time focused on running your business rather than struggling for space. Follow our…

Read articleRead More

importance of marketing

The Importance of Marketing for a Start Up Business

Marketing is like the heart of your business. For your business to survive, it needs marketing, and the stronger it is the healthier your business…

Read articleRead More

what is a franchise

What is a franchise?

Looking to start a franchise? Learn how buying and running a franchise can be the perfect way to become your own boss. A franchise is a business in…

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run a successful franchise

How to run a successful franchise

Become a top performing business franchise owner with our top tips for ensuring your franchise is a sure-fire success. Buying a franchise is a great…

Read articleRead More

set up online business

How to set up an online business

With minimal start up costs and a potential customer base of millions, setting up an online business has never been more popular. Find out what it…

Read articleRead More

pitch business idea

How to pitch your business idea

If you want to raise money for a start up business, you’ll need to know how to pitch your business idea so you can attract investors into funding…

Read articleRead More

Value new business

How to value your new business

Understanding the value of a business opportunity and your new business start-up is a useful exercise – especially when applying for funding and…

Read articleRead More

market research techniques

Market research techniques

Whether you are launching your business or are already trading, knowing your place within the market is essential for business development and…

Read articleRead More

evaluate business idea

How to evaluate a business idea

Ready to launch your new business? Get started with our ten-step guide on how to evaluate a business idea and discover if it will succeed. Turning a…

Read articleRead More

choose right franchise

How to choose the right franchise for you

Buying a franchise is an easy way to start running your own business, with a better chance of success than starting a business from scratch. Our…

Read articleRead More

securing first premises

Top tips for securing your first premises

Securing a premises for your start up business can mean the difference between it launching or never opening. Have you seen the Start Up Loans TV…

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avoid common mistakes

Avoiding the mistakes commonly made by start ups

James Caan on avoiding business mistakes Instead of blogging about common hurdles that start ups face, I thought that I would share some of the…

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