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Business ideas

Make your business idea work

Research can be the key to unlocking your business success. Find out as much as you can about your future market and competitors – and you’ll be ready to start your business plan.

When researching your business idea, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is your market growing? Or changing?
  • How much competition will you face when starting a new business?
  • Has anyone else already developed your business idea?
  • How would your business differ from your competitors’?
  • What do your competitors charge?
  • What don’t your competitors do very well?

Get advice 

Many business owners have practical advice to share on how to start a business. It's worth asking local business people about their experiences and taking the time to read a few books by successful entrepreneurs.

You can also get plenty of information on how to start a business from trade and industry publications and your local Enterprise Agency. 

Our free Barclays Get Ready for Business seminars can give you the opportunity to get expert advice about making your idea work.   

The next step

Once you've researched your business idea, it's time to create a finance plan, and a detailed business plan. 

Download a free start-up guide

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