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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.
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Tips to Choosing a Business Idea
If you are new to self-employment, finding the right idea for a successful venture can be difficult. It is not made any easier by economic uncertainty...

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Arkell’s Brewery to host recruitment event
An insight into what it takes to run a pub
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What support is available for my small business?
Our modern Industrial Strategy is helping to support small businesses and improve productivity acros...
5 tips to help you file your accounts on time
Companies House top tips for proper filing.
26,000 new businesses set up by entrepreneurial jo...
Jobseekers have set up more than 26,000 new businesses under the New Enterprise Allowance scheme.
New grants for setting up a childminder business o...
The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is open to newly registered early years childminders, childcare...
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Businesses can Enjoy Discounts at Swindon’s Ground...
Trial the benefits and facilities Swindon's new work-space for entrepreneurs, pioneers and creative ...

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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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