Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are companies owned and run independently which make up the majority of businesses in global markets, contribute to economic growth and prosperity and are a key driver for employment and innovation.
Setting up a small business involves a number of challenges, particularly for those with no previous business experience. The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a wide range of online and print resources, articles and books for those running their own business and for ICAEW Chartered Accountants advising SMEs.
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Business start up, 2014
Williams, S. (Pearson, 2013, 488 pages)
This Financial Times guide takes you through every important aspect of starting and running a business, including developing your idea and getting financial backing, recruiting staff, building customer relationships, sales, marketing, VAT and much more.
To borrow this book please contact the Library.
Eight top tips for selling online
A website provides a window for potential customers to see your firm. It can also be a very effective sales channel – but selling online involves more than just a list of products or services.
Our dedicated subject pages provide links and resources to a wide range of key issues for starting and running SMEs:
The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.
Accounting and finance for your small business
Steven M. Bragg; E. James Burton (Wiley, 2006)
Financial Times Guide to business start up 2009
Sara Williams (Pearson Education, 2009)
Starting a successful business (The Sunday Times Business Enterprise Series)
Michael Morris (Kogan Page, 2008)
Directors' Briefings and Start-Up Briefings are four-page guides written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.
Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.
Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.
View a list of print and online resources from our collection on the following topics:
You can find more books and articles by searching LibCat, our online catalogue.
ICAEW Business Advice Service (BAS)
BAS offers small and medium-sized businesses a free initial consultation on any issue related to starting or running a business with an ICAEW Chartered Accountant.
SME access to finance
This report published in January 2011 presents research results in order to advise and update the Coalition Government on issues affecting the current SME environment for borrowing and investment.
Run a successful business
This brochure published in 2010 examines the challenges involved in setting up and running a business and provides information how ICAEW Chartered Accountants can support SMEs.
More ICAEW resources for SMEs
Access the latest reports and surveys on SMEs and find more information on the SME funding adviser scheme.
A guide to government support for small businesses
A quick guide to government support for SMEs from Clive Lewis, ICAEW Head of Enterprise.
Small Business Survey
This government survey is now undertaken every two years, carrying out a large-scale representative telephone survey of business owners and managers in the UK. It provides details of small business performance, looking at factors such as business capability, access to finance, obstacles to business success and business support.
Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain
Survey conducted by the Open University Business School tracking trends, performance and confidence across SMEs in the UK.
Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) Guides
Free short guides for SMEs, covering selecting an accountant, selecting a tax adviser and working with a recruitment consultant.
If you're having trouble finding the information you need, ask the Library & Information Service. Contact us by telephone on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, by fax on +44 (0)20 7920 8621 or by email at email@example.com.