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Business Opportunity Factsheets
Explore our A-Z business opportunity index covering a cross-section of industries.
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An Introduction to Business Regulations when Starting Up
This guide identifies the major business regulations and obligations that will affect the start up of a new business.
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Selling Goods Online
In this guide, we outline the legal requirements for traders selling goods (products or digital content) online.
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Using Copyright to Protect Your Work
This introductory guide explains the principle of copyright and how you can use it to protect original work
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Choosing the Right Legal Structure
This factsheet outlines the main legal structures for a business (sole trader, partnership, LTD, LLP and CIC).
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What it takes to run a business
This factsheet helps you assess your personal abilities and resources in relation to those that will typically be required to run your own business.

News

£35m government funding for rural businesses
The government’s Growth Programme provides grants of up to £750,000 for start-ups and businesses in ...
Business Basics Programme
The Business Basics Programme is designed to test innovative ways of encouraging small and medium si...
SJL Foundation Launches UK-wide Business Start-up ...
A new fund has been announced to help prospective entrepreneurs in the UK set up in business.
MHA Monahans opens Manufacturing Survey
Recent report shows downward trend
Entries open for the National Female Start-up of t...
Apply now for the leading Female Start Up
The Launchpad Competition is now open for applicat...
A budding engineering entrepreneur aged 18-25 could win £15k to start a business based on their engi...

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Meet your adviser from Business West; Q&A with Andrew Mercer
Catch up with Business West's Business Adviser for Swindon, Andrew Mercer, to find out more about hi...
Starting out in your own company – It’s tougher than you could possibly imagine…. Some tips on how...
Tips for Start ups from someone that is 2 years in with a startup, that helps Businesses to develop ...
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SWOT it Out
A SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool designed to help you to understand your business accord...
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Interview with Steven Smith, Founder of Poundland
Alison Edgar recently interviewed Steven Smith, founder of Poundland to find out what exactly made h...
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Research scientist changes career
Lisa Berry was working as a research scientist in 2009 when she decided to start her own business Ch...

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