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Outside caterer: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to contact suppliers and handle bookings and general enquiries. It's essential to have internet access and an email address. A website is an excellent way of advertising your business and the services it offers.

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 connections, email accounts and website hosting. Shop around to find the best deal for the package of services your business requires.

You may well decide that you need mobile phones for the business as well as land lines. These could be very useful as you will be able to keep in touch with your staff, clients and suppliers when you are out of your premises. 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.