BUSINESS GUIDES
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How to start up in 200+ sectors

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Agriculture and forestry

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Plant nursery

Thinking of running a plant nursery? You'll need to be physically fit and enjoy working outdoors in all weathers. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own business in our practical guide.

Automotive sector

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Motor dealer

Selling cars is big business and operating as a franchised motor dealer can be complex. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own dealership.

Business services

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IFA

Independent financial advisers advise on investments, mortgages, pensions and other financial products. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own IFA business.

Construction sector

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Driveways and patios

Specialist driveway and patio firms offer a range of services including laying paving and other exterior surfaces, cleaning, repairs and maintenance. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own driveways and patio business.

Consumer services

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Clothes hire

Clothing hire businesses supply formal wear, work wear, sports wear and even fancy dress to a range of different customers. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own clothes hire business.

Health sector

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Dental lab

Dental laboratories construct a range of bespoke appliances according to prescriptions written out by dentists. Get the essentials for starting up and running your own dental lab in our practical guide.

Catering and hospitality

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Mobile takeaway

Mobile takeaways serve a range of food in different locations, with some catering for festivals and events while others serve the after pub market. Our guide will help you start up and run your own mobile catering business.

Leisure

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Fitness centre

Health and fitness is now seen as an essential by many people and the fitness sector continues to evolve and grow to meet this need. Read our practical guide to starting up and running your own fitness centre.

Manufacturing

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Ice cream manufacturer

Ice cream manufacturers may sell direct to the customer through their own parlours or ice cream vans or they may only sell through retailers. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own ice cream manufacturing business.

Retail and wholesale

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Book shop

Although the internet has thrown up many challenges, independent book shops can still succeed and are often supported by a core of loyal customers. Our guide gives you all the essentials for starting up and running your own book shop.

Transport

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Coach firm

Private coach firms may offer local bus services to fare paying passengers, possibly on routes subsidised by the local authority, or they may take on private hire work. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own coach firm.