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

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

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Setting up a limited company - overview

Registering a limited company is more complicated than registering as a sole trader but you get greater protection. Learn how to set up a limited company.

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Business names - overview

A good business name can be a powerful marketing tool. Discover how to choose a company name and how to register your business name.

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Buy a franchise - overview

Buying a franchise gives you a ready-made brand, with an established trade mark and successful format. Find out why it can be a winning format.

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Small business support - overview

When you start your own business, you'll face tough challenges and decisions. We share some of the key sources of free and paid-for advice.

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Buying a business - overview

Buying a business can be less risky than starting one from scratch. Discover the pros, cons and potential pitfalls of buying a business.

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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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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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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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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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Online selling - how to get it right

Chris Barling, CEO of ecommerce software supplier SellerDeck, shares his tips for online selling and says that normal business rules still apply.