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Starting Up

Strategy and Planning

Marketing

guide Market Information and Statistics
This factsheet provides an overview of some of the main sources of market information and statistical data available and how to access them.
guide Developing a Marketing Plan
Developing a marketing plan is one of the most effective ways for a small business to survive and thrive, especially in increasingly competitive times...
The Art of Getting What You Want
Negotiation is the nitty-gritty of the actual transaction between customer and business. Yet strangely enough, it’s something that most sales people a...
guide Creating a Marketing Strategy
This factsheet explains the importance of having a marketing strategy, and how to use it properly to maximise the success of a business. It also inclu...

Sales and New Markets

Funding and Finance 

People and Skills

Regulation and Compliance

Tax and Accounting

New Product Development

Applying Technology

report Independent report - Made Smarter Review
An industry-led review exploring how UK manufacturing can maximise benefits of digital technology through a strong industry - government partnership.
guide Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
guide Registering a Domain Name
Choosing the right domain name for your business website and e-mail communications is a vital component of your business identity.

Sustainable Business

Generating good energy in the area
The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP (SWLEP) is a member of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen initiative and believes it can make a significant contribution national...
guide Environmental Protection Act 1990
A Guide to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the obligations of business owners.
guide Environmental Regulations - A Guide
Understand environmental regulations and how to manage the impact of your business.

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