Set up a business

If you've got what it takes to start your own business, and you've done your research, forming a business is the next exciting leg on the journey.

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Set up a business - overview

If you've got what it takes to start your own business, and you've done your research, forming a business is the next exciting leg on the journey.

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Business names - overview

Thinking of a good business name can be fun, but it's an important task, too. A good business name can be one of your most powerful marketing tools.

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Buy a franchise - overview

Opening up as a franchise business enables you to buy into a ready-made brand, usually one with an established trade mark and successful format.

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Starting an online business - overview

Many businesses use their websites to generate additional revenue, but recently there has been growth in businesses that start up exclusively online.

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Small business support - overview

When you start your own business, you'll face tough challenges and decisions, but thankfully, help is available, some free, some worth paying for.

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Buying a business - overview

Buying a business can be less risky than starting one from scratch. It might also be easier to borrow money to buy an established business.

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Buying a franchise

Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.

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Forming a business

When you set up your business, it pays to get the legal structure right from the start. Read our guide to your options and what you need to consider.

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Q&A: Franchising agreements

Laura Clarke, associate solicitor at WBW Solicitors, answers key questions about franchise agreements and says the agreement needs to be in writing.

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Forming a business - checklist

When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.

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Buying a business

Buying a business can be a big step forward, but there are pitfalls. Find out how to complete the purchase and check the real state of the business.

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How and why I became a franchisee

Actress and singer Daniele Coombe owns the Exeter franchise for Monkey Music, for pre-schoolers. She explains how and why she became a franchisee.

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Q&A: Setting up a limited company

Andrew Millet of Wisteria Formations provides an introduction to the rules about forming a company and what 'incorporation' actually means.