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How to Start a Business in the United Kingdom

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If you are planning to start a business in the United Kingdom, you have come to the right place.

Start Your Own Business contains information and advice but, unlike other start-up sites, it also contains details of LOCAL organisations who can help you. The firms listed on each page have declared themselves to be 'new business friendly' and will welcome your enquiries.

Over the years, we have have collected useful information that has already helped thousands of new business start-ups and we hope that it will help you too...

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If you offer a product or service that can help anyone thinking of setting up on their own or running an existing small business, please do add your details to the site.

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How to present your start-up idea to a bank
Creating and then presenting financial forecasts and a strong business plan are tasks most would happily avoid. But with the right preparation, it is easy to improve your chances of successfully working with your bank to loan those vital funds.

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Start Up Articles

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How can I simplify VAT in my business (and save myself money)
Special VAT accounting schemes have been available for several years but are still underused. Designed to make compliance easier, there are several schemes available. Here we look at one particularly suitable for small businesses, the Flat-rate VAT scheme (FRS).

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How can I simplify VAT in my business (and save myself money)
Special VAT accounting schemes have been available for several years but are still underused. Designed to make compliance easier, there are several schemes available. Here we look at one particularly suitable for small businesses, the Flat-rate VAT scheme (FRS).

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We have created a series of FREE downloadable local business start-up guides. Each one covers a different local authority area and contain a step-by-step guide to starting your business as well as a directory of organisations and relevant businesses who are keen to help you.

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Latest Business Tips

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Don't waste your time thinking about the past
The past has happened, and has happened for a reason. Always move forward, and focus on the now.
Own The Web
(23-09-14)

Create Content & Promote It
People often say you have to have a blog nowadays, but it doesn't just stop there. Most people just posting to their blog will see no improvements as they are missing the biggest aspect, promoting your content. Not only do you need to be consistent with posting informative content, but you need to ensure this gets spread to a new audience via Facebook, Twitter or Google+
LogicalJack SEO
(23-09-14)

Get Employment Contracts Right From Day 1
If you're recruiting new employees make sure you they sign a comprehensive employment contract as soon as possible after starting (even though by law they only have to have one within 2 months of starting). By doing this everyone is clear about terms and conditions and what is expected of both parties. Apart from the usual standard information, and that required by law, it is wise to include clauses in your contract about what happens if their probation is unsuccessful or they decide to leave but owe you holiday or money for company equipment. Make sure you get appropriate, professional advice about employment contracts and these issues
New Forest HR
(23-09-14)

Public Liability Insurance
If you're running a business then it's always necessary to consider public liability insurance. For a great quote try Swinton Commercial. (Advert)

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