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Business planning

The next step for your business

Most businesses carry out an in-depth analysis – sometimes called a SWOT analysis – every year. We explain how to do it and what comes next.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cashflow forecasting

How a good forecast can benefit your business

A cashflow forecast is a useful tool – it can warn you of challenges ahead, help you achieve steady growth and steer you through a downturn.

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.

Business structures

Deciding the legal structure of your business

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