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Business start-up guide  - worm farm
In-depth information on starting a worm farm
Overview Commercial worm farms (also known as wormeries) breed and harvest worms, typically Lobworms (the common garden worm) and dendrobaena veneta (European Red worm). As well as breeding and harvesting worms, some larger scale worm farms use worms to carry out vermicomposting, which is …
Business start-up guide  - yoga and pilates instructor
In-depth information on starting out as a yoga and pilates teacher
Overview Yoga and Pilates instructors are engaged to run group classes by gyms, leisure centres and yoga studios for their health and fitness clients. Some instructors also run their own independent classes for yoga enthusiasts. Yoga originated in ancient India and is now practised globall…
Business start-up guide - accountancy practice
In-depth information on starting an accountancy practice
Overview Accountancy practices provide professional advice to business owners, charities and individuals. This includes advice on business, taxation, inheritance planning and other financial issues. Most accountancy practices in the UK are set up by chartered accountants. These are experie…
Business start-up guide - antique furniture restorer
In-depth information on becoming an antique furniture restorer
Overview Antique furniture restorers repair, refinish and conserve antique pieces of furniture such as tables, desks, chairs, sofas, sideboards and cabinets. Some restorers also provide specialist restoration services, or work in partnership with other specialists in these fields. Many restor…
Business start-up guide - beauty salon
In-depth information on starting a beauty salon
Overview Beauty salons provide a range of cosmetic treatments including facials, eyebrow tints, waxing and tanning. Most salons also offer complementary therapies such as massage, reflexology and aromatherapy. Some beauty salons carry out non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as chemical pee…
Business start-up guide - bed and breakfast
In-depth information on setting up a bed and breakfast
Overview Bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) provide overnight accommodation and breakfast, typically in private family homes. B&Bs generally accommodate fewer than six guests and specialise in providing a personal, good value, homely service, often using locally sourced produce and ingredients as part…
Business start-up guide - blacksmith
In-depth information on starting out as a blacksmith
Overview Blacksmiths (also known as forgemasters or architectural metalworkers) are skilled craft workers who use heat and tools to forge and shape metal to produce and repair a variety of decorative or functional metalwork items. Typical items made or repaired include wrought iron gates, sta…
Business start-up guide - boarding kennels
In-depth information on starting a boarding kennels
Overview Boarding kennels provide temporary accommodation for dogs while their owners are on holiday, hospitalised or otherwise unable to look after them. They also provide accommodation for dogs in the care of animal charities and stray dogs that have been handed in to or seized by local aut…
Business start-up guide - bookkeeper
In-depth information on becoming a bookkeeper
Overview Bookkeepers are responsible for maintaining up-to-date financial records for their clients. They usually work on behalf of small business owners, family firms, sole traders and contractors who need help to manage their accounts. Some bookkeepers also pay in cheques, chase late pa…
Business start-up guide - business adviser
In-depth information on starting out as a business adviser
Overview Business advisers provide one-to-one coaching, advice and support to pre-starts and early-stage firms, as well as established firms with growth ambitions. They provide coaching and advice on topics including starting a business, market research, business planning, raising finance an…
Business start-up guide - business trainer
In-depth information on starting out as a business trainer
Overview Business trainers deliver practical courses on various topics including enterprise skills, health and safety, customer service and first aid. Some trainers specialise in a particular subject area such as marketing or finance. Business trainers offer ‘open’ courses for individuals …
Business start-up guide - business/management consultant
In-depth information on starting out as a business consultant
Overview Business/management consultants provide specialist skills, objective advice and expertise to organisations. They assist in improving performance, developing strategies and managing change. Consultants can be subcontracted by larger consultancy firms or engaged directly by private …
Business start-up guide - butcher's shop
In-depth information on starting a butcher's shop
Overview Butchers prepare and retail fresh meat, poultry, game and offal, often along with related products such as eggs and milk, cooked meats and pies. As well as supplying individual consumers, butchers also accept orders and deliver meat to trade customers. These include hotels, restaura…
Business start-up guide - cafe
In-depth information on starting a cafe
Overview Cafés typically serve a range of simple, relatively cheap meals and snacks, such as cooked breakfasts, jacket potatoes, salads and soup, as well as soft drinks, tea and coffee. Most provide a seating area and operate an at-counter service and are typically open throughout the working…
Business start-up guide - cake decorator
In-depth information on starting up as a cake decorator
Overview Cake decorators design and decorate cakes for various celebrations and occasions, including weddings, christenings, anniversaries and birthdays. They generally produce a range of standard designs that can be personalised with a message or decoration, or decorate bespoke d novelty cakes …
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