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  • What makes a great small business employee?
    Recent research by the British Chambers of Commerce shows that 54% of SMEs plan to recruit new staff over the next 12 months. But how do you find one with the right skills, personality and attitude for your business?How and why I became a franchisee - Daniele Coombe of Monkey Music Exeter
  • How and why I became a franchisee
    Ex-West End musical star, Daniele Coombe, tells us how and why she set up her franchise business. 
  • How to start a part-time business
    Perhaps you just want to dip your toe in the water before jumping in. Maybe you want to fit your work in and around your family commitments. Increasing numbers of people run their businesses on a part-time basis. Could it be an option for your business idea?
  • Calculating your start-up costs
    Working out how much money you will need to set up your business is crucial. You will need to work out how much you need to cover numerous outgoings before you can even think about paying yourself. This guide will help you calculate your likely costs and keep them down.
  • Find premises for your business
    Finding the right premises is not easy. You need to think about cost, location, proximity to customers and suppliers and also the impression your premises makes about your business. Read our guide to finding the right premises.
  • Going global
    Increasing numbers of smaller and start up businesses are selling their goods and services overseas. Is there an overseas market you should be exploiting?
  • How my business got its name
    So you have your idea. You know what you want to do and how you are going to do it. But what do you call your business? How do you find the a name that sends the right message about your business? Jennie Avramovic of Clevercow explains how she came up with a name for her business.