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

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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

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Scaffolder

Putting up scaffolding is skilled and technical work and you'll need to make sure you're fully aware of safety issues. Get the essentials for starting up and running your own scaffolding business in our practical guide.

Consumer services

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Hairdresser

Hairdressers typically work from their own salon but may also rent a chair in an existing salon or operate as an exclusively mobile hairdresser. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own hairdressing business.

Healthcare

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Acupuncture practice

Acupuncturists treat people suffering from chronic pain and a range of other conditions, as well as people looking to lose weight or stop smoking. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own acupuncture practice.

Hospitality and catering

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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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Pool hall

Many pool halls offer pool, snooker and a range of other games, as well as sales of food and drink. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own pool hall business in our practical guide.

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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E-business

Ecommerce sales continue to increase in value each year as more and more people shop online, attracted by the convenience and the chance of a bargain. Our guide covers the key issues for starting and running your own ecommerce business.

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.