Start up business ideas


Q&A: Buying a business

Buying a business can be less risky than starting one. If the business has customers, then it has income. But it will need upfront investment.

Set up a business


Q&A: Mentoring

Running your own small business can be lonely and it can be difficult to know what to do when faced with new challenges unless you have a mentor.

Financing a business

Finance your start-up business


Finance your start-up business

When setting up a new business you need to be clear about how much money you are going to need and where to find it. Read our overview of the options.

Tax and National Insurance

National Insurance


National Insurance

Employers pay employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) for each employee, and also collect their employees’ contributions. Our guide to NICs.

Business law


Licence finder

Before you can start operating certain types of businesses, you must obtain a licence. Use this Licence finder tool on the GOV.UK website.

Business planning


Q&A: Strategy

Strategy simply means having a plan of action to get your business to where you want it to be. The key is to focus on what you're trying to achieve.

Sales and marketing

Business premises

Light and airy office building


Choosing premises - checklist

The type of business premises you choose can have a big effect on productivity, employee happiness and overheads. Here's how to make the right choice.


Scale up your business


Franchise your business

Turning your business into a franchise could offer an effective and less risky way to expand significantly. Find out what it involves.