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    Starting out

    Writing a business plan

    Your guide to a successful business plan

    A good business plan defines what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it. Our guide could help you write yours.

    Business finance options

    What’s the best finance option for your business?

    We’ve outlined some of the most common sources of financial support to help you plan your options.

    Getting financial support from your bank

    Approaching a bank if your business needs funding

    Few businesses get off the ground without some initial funding. Here are a few key things to do when approaching your bank for support.

    Social media for business

    How to use social media to promote your business

    We outline some of the most effective ways to use social media sites when you’re promoting your business.

    Business structures

    Deciding the legal structure of your business

    Understand some of the responsibilities that come with business partnerships, limited companies and sole proprietorship.

    Boost your business’ digital skills

    Digital skills can make the difference

    Want to sharpen your business’ skills but not sure where to start? Try online. Here are 6 ways digital can make a difference.

    Turn your hobby into a career

    Make a career out of your passion

    Burgeoning baker or keen crafter? Find out how you could earn a living doing something you love, from the people who’ve already done it.

    Scaling up

    How to make your start-up a success

    Our top tips for getting your company running

    Learn key strategies to keep your new business on the right track.

    Growing your business

    Doing well? How to expand

    We run through some of the main things to consider if you’re planning to expand, hire more staff or seek major investment.

    Industry insights

    The feedback economy

    Could online reviews help your business?

    Our survey of 2,000 customers and 500 businesses revealed the importance of online review sites to the hospitality and leisure sector.

    Landed estates

    The professionals’ view

    Read our latest report on current trends in the landed estates sector and what you should consider for the future.

    International

    A world of opportunity awaits

    Exporting tips

    10 tips on becoming an exporter

    Discover some top tips for exporting – and find out where to get expert advice.

    Understand the world of exports

    Exports and international trade explained

    We answer some of the most commonly asked questions on exporting – and cut through the jargon.

    Support for international trading

    Doing business abroad, backed by Barclays

    Find out about the dedicated support, expert advice and banking services that can make your business an international success.

    Business owners talk about exporting

    Ways to make exporting work for you

    SMEs explain why they looked at international markets, the challenges they faced and how we helped them expand overseas.

    Doing business abroad

    Could it be time for you to start exporting?

    Simon Spinks, MD of Leeds-based luxury bed maker Harrison Spinks, discusses the importance of exporting.

    Managing your business

    Protecting your business idea

    Got a big idea? Find out how to protect it

    The Intellectual Property (IP) rights of your business determine the value of your idea, so a copyright, patent or trademark is essential.

    Apps to manage your business

    How apps can help increase efficiency

    Help your business be more efficient and use apps to help manage your business.

    What does GDPR mean for your business?

    Preparing for General Data Protection Regulation

    The EU’s unified framework of personal-data protection comes into effect in May. Is your business ready?

    Are your customers safe online?

    How a green padlock can help

    Cybercrime is a constant threat, but you can help make your site safer for customers by providing a secure online connection.

    Are you ready for anything?

    Read our latest report to learn how you can include resilience planning in your business’ day-to-day activities.

    Autumn Budget 2017 explained

    What the changes could mean for your business

    Make sense of the measures announced in the Chancellor’s Budget – and how they could impact your business – with our summary.

  • Starting out

    Writing a business plan

    Your guide to a successful business plan

    A good business plan defines what you want to achieve and how you intend to achieve it. Our guide could help you write yours.

    Business finance options

    What’s the best finance option for your business?

    We’ve outlined some of the most common sources of financial support to help you plan your options.

    Getting financial support from your bank

    Approaching a bank if your business needs funding

    Few businesses get off the ground without some initial funding. Here are a few key things to do when approaching your bank for support.

    Social media for business

    How to use social media to promote your business

    We outline some of the most effective ways to use social media sites when you’re promoting your business.

    Business structures

    Deciding the legal structure of your business

    Understand some of the responsibilities that come with business partnerships, limited companies and sole proprietorship.

    Boost your business’ digital skills

    Digital skills can make the difference

    Want to sharpen your business’ skills but not sure where to start? Try online. Here are 6 ways digital can make a difference.

    Turn your hobby into a career

    Make a career out of your passion

    Burgeoning baker or keen crafter? Find out how you could earn a living doing something you love, from the people who’ve already done it.

  • Scaling up

    How to make your start-up a success

    Our top tips for getting your company running

    Learn key strategies to keep your new business on the right track.

    Growing your business

    Doing well? How to expand

    We run through some of the main things to consider if you’re planning to expand, hire more staff or seek major investment.

  • Industry insights

    The feedback economy

    Could online reviews help your business?

    Our survey of 2,000 customers and 500 businesses revealed the importance of online review sites to the hospitality and leisure sector.

    Landed estates

    The professionals’ view

    Read our latest report on current trends in the landed estates sector and what you should consider for the future.

  • International
    A world of opportunity awaits

    Exporting tips

    10 tips on becoming an exporter

    Discover some top tips for exporting – and find out where to get expert advice.

    Understand the world of exports

    Exports and international trade explained

    We answer some of the most commonly asked questions on exporting – and cut through the jargon.

    Support for international trading

    Doing business abroad, backed by Barclays

    Find out about the dedicated support, expert advice and banking services that can make your business an international success.

    Business owners talk about exporting

    Ways to make exporting work for you

    SMEs explain why they looked at international markets, the challenges they faced and how we helped them expand overseas.

  • Managing your business

    Protecting your business idea

    Got a big idea? Find out how to protect it

    The Intellectual Property (IP) rights of your business determine the value of your idea, so a copyright, patent or trademark is essential.

    Apps to manage your business

    How apps can help increase efficiency

    Help your business be more efficient and use apps to help manage your business.

    What does GDPR mean for your business?

    Preparing for General Data Protection Regulation

    The EU’s unified framework of personal-data protection comes into effect in May. Is your business ready?

    Are your customers safe online?

    How a green padlock can help

    Cybercrime is a constant threat, but you can help make your site safer for customers by providing a secure online connection.

    Are you ready for anything?

    Read our latest report to learn how you can include resilience planning in your business’ day-to-day activities.

    Autumn Budget 2017 explained

    What the changes could mean for your business

    Make sense of the measures announced in the Chancellor’s Budget – and how they could impact your business – with our summary.