Financial Times guide to business start up 2017/18
Startup guide for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Are you thinking of starting out on your own? Use our selection of books, articles and guides to find more information on all aspects of starting a business.
COBRA Business Opportunity Profiles
Guides to business sectors for practitioners who advise small business owners and start-ups. The guides cover current market conditions, legal issues and trading environments.
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Financial Times Guide to Business Start Up 2017/18
(FT Publishing International, 2016)
A guide to every important aspect of starting and running a business, from securing financial backing to developing customer relationships.
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Starting your business
Advice for start-ups with signposts to practical information on tax, legal issues, essential accounting records, insurance and more. It shows you how to find a chartered accountant participating in the ICAEW Business Advice Service – and receive an initial consultation at no charge.
Creative Industries - Routes to Finance
A funding guide for creative organisations from ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty, supported by the Creative Industries Federation and 52 organisations in the UK’s creative economy. It is the first comprehensive and bespoke guide to finance for Britain’s creative industries.
A guide to government support for small businesses
A quick guide to government support for SMEs from Clive Lewis, ICAEW Head of Enterprise.
Help and support for businesses (HMRC)
HMRC offer a range of support services for small businesses. Here you will find guidance on what you need to do for tax and National Insurance purposes when you start up a business as a self employed person, a partnership or a limited company. There is information on return filing and paying deadlines and what records you must keep.
Business incubators and accelerators: the national picture
A 2017 BEIS research paper on the current UK landscape. The page also includes a directory of business incubators and accelerators.
Growing your business: a report on growing micro businesses
This May 2013 review by Lord Young (a follow-up to his 2012 'Make business your business' report below) investigates the reasons why SMEs struggle to grow, including confidence to develop during tough economic times, strength of ambition, capability and skills, coherence of help on offer and opening up government procurement to SMEs.
Setting up a business
Comprehensive guidance from the government on starting and growing a new business. There are many links and resources, including the Business Support Helplines and the Small Business Forum. Here you can find guidance on finding finance, mentors, increasing sales and developing products and services.
The British Library: Business & IP Centre
The British Library's Business and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre incorporates services and information aimed at entrepreneurs and small business owners, including expert advisers to talk through your ideas and a wide range of essential information to help you research your market and start your own business.
Cobweb is an independent publisher of practical and easy to understand information for business start-ups and small business owners, and for the advisers, professionals, and organisations that guide and support them.
Online resource for those starting or running a small business. The website includes startup guides for over 50 different business sectors, business startup news, case studies of successful business startups and a forum to share your ideas with others in your situation.
Federation of Small Businesses
The FSB publish the quarterly Voice of Small Business Index which provides picture of the UK economy from the point of view of the small business owner. The index looks at employment, revenues and the confidence of small firms and provides information on regional businesses with a breakdown by sector across the UK.
Forum of Private Business
Not-for-profit membership organisation which provides guidance and support for SMEs and aims to 'represent small businesses views and be their voice in government'.
Institute for Family Business
The IFB is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation supporting the UK family-owned business sector. It aims to 'promote the vital contribution that long-term family businesses make to the UK economy and the issues that family firms face' and offers courses, conferences and research publications.
Business Population Estimates for the UK and Regions
Annual statistics on SMEs in the UK published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Previously called 'Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Statistics for the UK and Regions'.
European Commission: Internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs
Portal for EC information and resources for SMEs, with business-related links and guides to EU legislation and financing programmes.
Doing Business (World Bank)
Laws and business regulations, country profiles and economic rankings for 183 countries compiled by the World Bank for SMEs.
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