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Tools and guidance on getting started, finance, premises and employing people.

  1. Develop ideas for businesses, products or services

    Information to help you develop ideas for businesses, products or services.

  2. Starting a business

    Information on business planning, registering a company and starting a new business.

  3. Growing a business

    Information on planning, events, support networks and funding.

  4. Selling or closing a business

    Find information on selling or closing a business.

  5. Non-domestic rates (business rates)

    Guidance on non-domestic rates and relief, including appeals.

  6. Funding your business or idea

    Check the types of business funding available and increase your chances of putting in a successful application.

  7. Managing a business

    Information on buying or renting premises, business insurance, business skills and data protection.

  8. Employing people

    Your legal obligations to staff, including information on recruitment, leave and contracts.

  9. Taxes

    Includes information on company tax returns, corporation rates and reliefs, paying your tax bill and VAT.

  10. Importing

    Information and help on importing goods and services to Scotland.

  11. Exporting

    Information and help on exporting goods and services from Scotland.

  12. Licences and regulations

    Find out whether your business is regulated, whether you need a licence to operate and who you should apply to.

  13. Running a charity or community group

    How to set up a charity or social enterprise, charity regulator appeals and support for community groups.

  14. Finance and accounts

    Includes information on accounting, bookkeeping, bankruptcy, cashflow, payroll and debt recovery.

  15. Waste and energy

    Find advice and support to help your business become more environmentally aware and efficient.

  16. Business sectors

    Find specialist support depending on the industry you do business in.

  17. Working with Scottish businesses from abroad

    Infomation on working with Scottish businesses if you live abroad, including: trade, making investments or setting up a business in Scotland.

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