BUSINESS GUIDES
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How to start up in 200+ sectors

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Agriculture and forestry

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Farm shop

Farm shops serve their local communities and have also gained popularity with tourists wanting to buy locally produced food items. Our guide covers the key issues for starting and running your own farm shop.

Automotive sector

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Car bodyshop

Car bodyshops provide a range of services to vehicle owners, such as repairing accident damage, respraying an entire vehicle and fitting modifications. Our easy-to-follow guide will help you to start up and run your own bodyshop.

Business services

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Accountant

Accountancy practices provide accounting and other services to local businesses, clubs, societies, charities and sometimes to private individuals. Read our practical guide on starting up and running your own accountancy business.

Construction sector

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Roofer

As an experienced roofer you might decide to set up your own roofing business. Remember you'll need to make sure that you and any employees work safely at height. Read our practical guide to starting up and running your roofing business.

Consumer services

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Garden services

Garden services businesses offer a wide range of different services from lawn mowing and other maintenance work to full garden design and landscaping. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own garden services business.

Health sector

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Reflexologist

Reflexology is one of the most popular of the complementary alternative therapies. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own reflexology practice.

Catering and hospitality

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Cafe

The eating out market is huge but also very competitive, with many chains that offer a variety of food from different countries competing with independent businesses. Read our practical guide to starting up and running your own café.

Leisure

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Paintball centre

Activities like paintballing are particularly popular with young adults and many paintball centres target stag and hen parties. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own paintball centre.

Manufacturing

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Blacksmith

​Blacksmiths are skilled metal workers who create practical or decorative items, often to the customer's specification. Check out our guide for starting and running your own blacksmith's business.

Retail and wholesale

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DIY shop

Independent DIY shops sell a range of products to domestic customers and sometimes to the trade as well. Get the essentials for starting up and running your own DIY shop in our practical guide.

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.