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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Web developer

You'll need a wide range of technical skills and expertise to be able to offer services like web development, programming or database design. Check out our practical guide for help with starting and running your web developer business.

Construction

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Plumber

Thinking of setting up as a plumber? You'll need to be practical, physically fit and enjoy working in different locations. Our guide gives you all the essentials for starting up and running your own plumbing business.

Consumer services

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Funeral director

Funeral directors take on the responsibility of organising every element of a person's funeral, including dealing with the relevant authorities. Read our practical guide to starting up and running your own funeral business.

Healthcare

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Physiotherapist

If you're a trained and qualified physiotherapist you might decide to set up your own practice. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own business in our practical guide.

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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Outdoor activity centre

Outdoor activities are particularly popular with corporate groups and young adults and many centres target stag and hen parties. Our guide gives you all the essentials for starting up and running your own outdoor activity centre business.

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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Delicatessen

Independent fine food retailers cater for the growing demand from customers prepared to seek out and pay a premium for niche products and regional specialities. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own delicatessen.

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.