Industry sector:

Turf supplier: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to contact suppliers and receive orders and general enquiries. You may also decide that you need a fax machine and it's increasingly useful to have fast internet access and an email address. A website is a good way to advertise the products and services your business offers and you may enable it to offer online ordering.

The telephone company will bill you every month or quarter for the calls you have made, often plus an amount for the line rental for the next quarter.

Many different internet service providers (ISPs) offer internet connection, website hosting and email accounts. Shop around to find out what the best deal for you would be.

You may decide that you need mobile phones as well as land lines. Again, there are many different deals available offering different options and payment plans to the user.

Various packages and discount structures are available to business users, which can help to reduce telecommunications costs. Contact your telephone company's customer services department for details - and to make sure that you're getting the best deal they offer.