Start up costs

Start up costs can quickly escalate unless you keep them under control. Learn which costs you may incur and how to calculate and minimise them.

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Start up costs - overview

Start up costs can quickly escalate unless you keep them under control. Learn which costs you may incur and how to calculate and minimise them.

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Q&A: Calculating start-up costs

Martin Dunne of Sayers Butterworth chartered accountants explains how to work out how much starting a new business will cost from the outset.

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Select and negotiate with suppliers

The right suppliers will make a big difference to the cost and quality of your products and services. How to choose suppliers and get the right deal.

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Purchasing effectively - checklist

Effective purchasing can make the difference between business profit and loss. Our helpful checklist explains how to get the best from your purchases.

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Negotiating a purchase - checklist

Many people are nervous about negotiating purchases, but you could be allowing suppliers to walk all over you. Read our helpful tips.

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Essential guide to purchasing

For many businesses, a 1% cut in costs can have the same impact on profit as a 10% increase in sales. Our guide to efficient purchasing.

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Q&A: Limiting start-up costs

Geoff Wightwick of accountancy and business service provider Baker Tilly watches the pennies and provides advice on how to start up on a shoestring.

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Source green suppliers and equipment

Using environmentally-friendly suppliers for your business does more than just make you look good. It can also lead to tax breaks and cost savings.