BUSINESS GUIDES
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Agriculture and forestry

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Pig farm

Pigs are produced outdoors or indoors, with outdoor production the lower cost option for new pig farmers. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own pig farm in our practical guide.

Automotive

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Garage

Garages now very rarely just sell fuel and instead offer a range of facilities and services including a forecourt shop, vehicle repairs and servicing and a car wash. Our guide covers the key issues for starting and running your own garage.

Business services

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Graphic designer

Graphic designers are involved in all aspects of the design of digital and print products. Read our in-depth practical guide to starting up and running your own graphic design business.

Construction

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Damp proofer

Damp proofers provide services to domestic and commercial clients to remedy problems with damp in their properties. Get the essentials for starting up and running your own damp proofing business in our practical guide.

Consumer services

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Chimney sweep

Sweeping chimneys and providing related chimney services is an important safety service, demand for which has been boosted by the popularity of log burners. Read our guide to help you to start up and run your own chimney sweeping business.

Healthcare

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Chiropractor

Chiropractors mostly provide treatment for neck and back pain although they also treat patients who consult them on a range of other conditions. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own chiropractic clinic.

Hospitality and catering

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Indian restaurant

Indian food is very popular in the UK, with chicken tikka masala regularly featuring in lists of the nation's favourite meals. Our guide gives you all the essentials for starting up and running your own Indian restaurant.

Leisure

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Event hire

Event hire businesses supply a wide range of equipment used for corporate events, weddings, parties, festivals, sports events and other functions. Our guide gives you the essentials for starting up and running your own event hire business.

Manufacturing

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Furniture maker

Furniture makers may work on a small scale creating bespoke pieces for domestic customers or a larger scale mass-producing items to be sold through retailers. Our guide will help you start up and run your own furniture making business.

Retail and wholesale

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Bicycle shop

Cycling is enjoying a high profile, with media coverage boosting consumer demand for specialist equipment and tax breaks encouraging people to cycle to work. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own bike shop.

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Taxi firm

If you want to set up a taxi firm remember that all your taxi vehicles and drivers must be licensed. Check out our practical guide for help with starting and running your taxi business.