Industry sector: Retail and wholesale

Butcher: Telecommunications

Your business will need at least one telephone line to contact suppliers, receive customers' orders and so on. You may also decide that you need a fax machine and it is becoming increasingly important to have broadband internet access and an email address. A website of your own can be an excellent way to advertise your business and you could even use it to sell meat and other products online.

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

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.