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We are aware of scams coming from email and social media where people try to impersonate us. We will never ask you for money or your bank details. Learn more about what to look out for and how to protect yourself.

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If you would like more information about the Second Loans programme and what will happen when the programme resumes in February 2018, you can contact our Customer Services team directly on 0344 264 2600* or by email at

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Our essential guide to starting a business

Essential guide to starting a business

To help you make your business idea a reality, we’ve created this short guide with all the information you need to get started. It includes tips and advice on a wide range of topics that are important to consider when getting your start-up off the ground.

  • Conducting market research on customers and competitors
  • Choosing a company structure
  • Figuring out responsibilities for paying insurance and tax
  • Developing your business strategy and sales forecast
  • Writing your business plan
  • Analysing your strengths and weaknesses