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Decide if running a business is for you

Starting and running your own business is one of the most exciting choices anyone can make. Millions have done so successfully and found it an exhilarating and rewarding challenge. However,

Manage export and import finance

Manage export and import finance International trade presents a greater financing challenge than trading within the UK. Extra financing is required to cover the delay from when the supplier despatches

Understand legal issues for importers

Importing doesn’t have to be difficult and buying from a company based within the European Union (EU) is usually relatively straightforward. After all, you are the customer: most of the

Understand legal issues for exporters

Understanding and dealing with the legal issues involved in exporting leaves you free to get on with building your export sales. Fortunately, there is plenty of help available. The government

Develop an export strategy

Exporting offers the prospect of new markets, more sales, better profits and a greater spread of customers. A clear strategy makes it much more likely you will succeed. Your export

Import finance

Many businesses find importing requires greater financial flexibility and reserves than buying from a UK supplier. Rather than buying on credit, you must often commit finance well before delivery. Negotiating

Export finance

Exporting tends to be more demanding financially than selling in the UK. Consignments are usually larger, lead times are longer and the risks are more difficult to control. At the