Start up business ideas

Set up a business

A social enterprise works with young people


Q&A: Social enterprises

Unlike even the most ethical of other start-ups, social enterprises have environmental or social values at the very core of everything they do.

Financing a business

Don't compete on price


Don't compete on price

Competing on price threatens your margins and your reputation. Ben Dyer explains why small business owners should avoid price-cutting.

Tax and National Insurance

Business law

A man is about to read a non-disclosure agreement


Q&A: Non-disclosure agreements

Alex Craig, Head of Commercial at Muckle LLP explains what non-disclosure agreements are and how they can protect small businesses.

Business planning

Benchmarking - checklist


Benchmarking - checklist

Benchmarking provides a way to measure how effective your processes are, compared to competitors. Here's how to set up benchmarking in your business.

Sales and marketing

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Why benchmark your business?

Rather than being a pointless exercise in data analysis, benchmarking can help you to identify areas where you can make changes and make your firm more profitable.

Business premises

On laptop outside - run your business from anywhere


How to run your business from anywhere

Communications and computing technology mean many businesses can operate from almost anywhere if they have access to a reliable internet connection.


Scale up your business