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 supplier

Farm suppliers provide a wide range of essential goods and services to local agricultural and land-based businesses. Get the essentials for starting up and running your own farm supply business in our practical guide.

Automotive

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Car parts shop

Parts shops may supply only retail customers, only trade customers or a mix, with trade custom growing in importance as DIY servicing has become less common. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own car parts business.

Business services

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Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers provide record keeping and management services to local businesses and sometimes to private individuals. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own bookkeeping business.

Construction

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Builder

Builders work on construction jobs of varying size and complexity for domestic and commercial customers, frequently working alongside a number of other trades. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own building firm.

Consumer services

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Beauty salon

Beauty salons offer a range of treatments including sunbeds, hair removal, weight loss, facials and manicures. Some therapists work from home or are mobile. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own beauty business.

Healthcare

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Aromatherapist

Aromatherapy is commonly used for relaxation but can also help treat people suffering from stress and to relieve the symptoms of other serious illnesses. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own aromatherapy business.

Hospitality and catering

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Outside caterer

Outside caterers provide food and drink for events like dinner parties, weddings and conferences at a range of different venues. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own outside catering business.

Leisure

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Caravan site

Caravan sites located in popular areas have benefited from more people taking some or all of their holidays in the UK rather than going abroad. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own site.

Manufacturing

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Cheese maker

Products like speciality cheeses have become very popular with 'foodies', who are prepared to pay more for unusual food items that aren't widely available. Our practical guide will help you start up and run your own cheese making business.

Retail and wholesale

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Architectural salvage

Architectural salvage requires a range of skills, from sourcing stock that is in demand to upcycling and recrafting pieces to add value. Our easy-to-follow guide will help you to start up and run your own architectural salvage business.

Transport

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Haulier

Haulage firms operate in different ways, with some carrying out general haulage and others choosing to specialise in a particular area like livestock. Our guide covers the key issues for starting and running your own haulage business.