Thousands of new businesses are set up each year in Britain and Britain is also a breeding ground for new companies and entrepreneurs - consider "The Gadget Shop", "The Iron Bed Company" or "Loot". But unfortunately many fail and a guide like this can help to increase your chances of success, whether you're a first-timer or starting over again. It is vital to ensure that you have gone through all the stages of researching, planning, financing and implementing your plan. This accessible guide takes you through the process of setting up your business step by step, covering stages such as: deciding whether you have what it takes; researching your idea; writing a business plan; raising finance; getting help from various agencies; and getting your business up and running. It also contains a categorized and alphabeticized dictionary of 200 organizations and sources to help you on your way, as well as a website giving additional information for the future.
Brian O'Kane is the managing director of Ireland's leading business book publisher and the author of a number of other business books, including Starting Your Own Business, How to Form a Limited Company and TENBizPlan. He is also a Member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and the British Association of Communicators in Business.