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Purpose and Vision

An analysis and review of the external environment, combined with your own values and expectations, will help you to develop a purpose and a vision.

Effective Planning

When you are planning to meet your objectives you must set priorities within your established goals.

PEST Analysis

One way of planning your business is to undertake a PEST analysis.

Monitoring and Review

Once you have decided on your course of action and begun to implement it, you then need to monitor progress and, if necessary, take corrective action.

Non-Disclosure Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement, sometimes referred to as a confidentiality agreement, is a legally binding document that protects a product or process that you have invented from being disclosed by another party.

Scenario planning

Scenario planning can be used both to look generally at what might happen in the environment (for example, the effect on the economy if the government changes) and to help you think specifically about your own business and its position within the market place.

Inventions and Prototypes

Inventions and Prototypes

Innovation and creativity are vital ingredients for anyone in business, but new ideas mean nothing if you can't execute them and bring them to fruition.

Intellectual Property (IP)

The term Intellectual Property (IP) refers to the ownership of (new) ideas, and the rights of the people who had those ideas to exploit them commercially or artistically.

Legal Information

To put your business on a proper footing with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and other authorities, you need to make sure that it has the right legal structure.

Limited Liability Company

A limited company is a legal body in its own right, unlike a sole trader.

Sole Trader

If you are a sole trader then you are the sole owner of the business.

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