Start up business ideas

Article

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

Article

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

Tax and National Insurance

National Insurance

Article

National Insurance

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

Business law

Tool

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

Article

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

Market your new business

Article

Market your new business

Effective marketing starts with researching your market and competition - you can then plan who to sell to and how to reach them. Read our overview.

Business premises

Staff packing moving boxes ready to relocate the business

Article

Moving premises - checklist

Moving premises can be highly disruptive. It's important to plan how you can resume work with a minimum of time lost. Here's what to consider.

Employees

Scale up your business

'Franchise' written on a notepad with a phone and glasses lying next to it

Article

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.