Welcome to the Knowledge Centre

The Knowledge Centre is HSBC’s online magazine and information centre for small businesses with ambitions to grow. The site offers inspirational profiles, expert insights and more, backed up by a comprehensive range of briefings, checklists and other resources to help launch, run and develop your business More...

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How to come up with and test business ideas

Julie Easterbrook of Enterprise First shares her insight about business ideas Hard work, determination and commitment will only get you so far in business. True success is often determined by the value of your ideas

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How I started my business

Alex Benjamin of Bradford-on-Avon-based Yard retraces her start-up steps Yard sells high quality gifts and homeware from its website and stylish high street store in the charming Wiltshire market town of Bradford-on-Avon, eight miles from

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How to style your brand

Brand styling expert Fiona Humberstone provides advice for small businesses about creating a winning brand identity “For me, branding is the art of managing every experience, expectation, memory and interaction people have with your business.


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Managing change when your business grows

Seeing your business grow can be enormously satisfying, but it’s not without its challenges. So, what’s the key to managing change? Growing businesses often reach a point when they need

Business development plans

Growth expert Russell Streeter on the benefits of business development plans If properly researched and put together, a business development plan can help you to scale up your business and

How I started my business

Alex Benjamin of Bradford-on-Avon-based Yard retraces her start-up steps Yard sells high quality gifts and homeware from its website and stylish high street store in the charming Wiltshire market town

How to cut costs in a small business

Advice from Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam of Cranfield School of Management Minimising your spending should be a key priority if your business cash flow is to remain healthy. You must continually