Start up business ideas

Set up a business

'TIME TO FRANCHISE' written on a tablet with various items surrounding it


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.

Financing a business

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Controlling a budget - checklist

Staying on top of your finances is vital if you want your business to succeed. Read our handy hints on controlling your budget.

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

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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Market research FAQs

Use these handy FAQs to plan your market research, from research methods and costs to finding an agency who understands your needs.

Business premises

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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.


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Employee self-assessment form

Before an employee appraisal, find out what they think of their own performance, with this free downloadable employee self-assessment form template.

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