Start a business advice and articles
Starting a business in the UK is a challenge. You will need to choose a legal structure, develop your product, find customers, and keep accounts - and that's just for starters. These tips and guides are here to help you start and grow your business effectively.
Running a business in spare time
The number of people in so-called 'precarious employment' is rising - and many Britons are setting up businesses in response.
A very big Saturday
Liz Slee | 5 Dec 2013
On the 23rd November, small business network Enterprise Nation held the biggest ever startup Saturday with more than over 200 wanna-be entrepreneurs spending an eight-hour stretch honing their business skills ready for the exact moment they start-up.
10 Top Tips to Naming your Start-up
Mathew Aitken | 22 Nov 2013
Picking the right name for a new business requires some serious thought. There are various things that you need to consider as well as a handful of things that you just shouldn't do. So, with that in mind, here are our top tips for naming your business.
Win a trip to StartUp Saturday
Josh Hall | 1 Nov 2013
Simply Business is offering would-be entrepreneurs the chance to attend a major event for start ups.
Apply for the Startups Awards today
29 Aug 2013
The Startups Awards are an annual celebration of the UK’s best new businesses – and you are invited to enter.
Running a business while studying - What you need to know
Josh Hall | 8 Aug 2013
It’s hard to find work. Student fees are the highest they’ve ever been. Accommodation is expensive. How can you make university pay?
East London business? Apply for a London Legacy Fund loan
Josh Hall | 4 Jun 2013
Businesses in east London can apply for up to £10,000 in special funding.
Finance your business with a government Start-Up Loan
Josh Hall | 3 Jun 2013
Government Start-Up Loans are a key way in which entrepreneurs can finance new businesses in England.
Unemployed? Start your business with over £2,000 from National Enterprise Allowance
Josh Hall | 29 May 2013
Last week the government claimed its New Enterprise Allowance has helped establish 20,000 new businesses.
Start-up on a shoestring
By Andy Yates | 14 February 2012
Entrepreneur Andy Yates explains how to set be your own boss on a tight budget. The good news is it is a lot cheaper to start a business than you think.
Redundancy to self-employment - top tips
By Josh Hall | 12 December 2011
While redundancy is hardly ever welcomed, it can an opportunity. Here are some top tips to consider if you are thinking about joining the ranks of the self-employed.
Business tips from the London Startup show
By Eleanor Gough | 6 July 2011
We met with several business experts and asked them about their startup tips to guide new entrepreneurs through the process of starting their business.
Business tips from Pal Carter of City Business Library
By Eleanor Gough | 18 August 2011
In this interview, Pal Carter points business startup owners to City Business Library for helpful tips, resources, and seminars.
Business tips from Jamie Lester of The Ideas Factory
By Eleanor Gough | 30 August 2011
In this video, Jamie Lester underlines the importance of believing in yourself and your product as the key to business success.
Britain's best small business stories: Owl Wise
Jade Wimbledon | 17 Jan 2013We filmed a video interview with the owner of Owl Wise, Phil Eckett, and met some of the beautiful birds in his care.