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Five steps to buying a business
Guidance when it comes to buying a business
Buying a business can seem scary, but it doesn't have to be an intimidating process. The key to this is to give yourself time to understand the buying process first. Here’s a rundown of the procedure from a buyer’s perspective. Step 1. Know what you want Part of your pre-investment…
Greetings cards for all occasions
Could you make a business out of your artistic talents?
Greeting cards are a great start-up business. The initial costs are low, and you have a commercial outlet for your creative talents. Greeting cards are both a necessity and an impulse buy. They are low cost, easy to carry around and personal, and with the UK market worth around £1.75 billion in …
Ideas for alternative livestock and cropping enterprises
Alternative livestock and cropping business ideas
Are you looking to diversify your existing farm business? Are you looking for something a little different from the norm? Here are some ideas to get you thinking when it comes to livestock and crops.  Christmas trees                                                                          …
Ideas for equestrian and animal businesses
Business ideas for animal lovers
We can’t get away from the fact that we are a nation of animal lovers. If you are thinking of starting a business in this industry, here are some ideas to get you thinking. Liveries Trekking and hacking Equestrian breaks Riding lessons Specialist trips Dog training Gun dog tra…
Ideas for generating a rental income
Business ideas that utilise existing assets
The opportunity for rental income is often forgotten but could be one of the easiest ways to draw a revenue from your own assets. Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Remember you may have the buildings and facilities but you don’t have to run the business yourself. Caravan storage V…
Ideas for kitchen table, crafts and skills businesses
Business ideas for craft lovers
Are you handy in the kitchen? Would you like to have a go at starting your own craft business? These ideas should get you thinking about where you could start. Furniture restoration Ironmonger Blacksmith or forgery Woodwork or carpentry Welder Cake making Biscuit maker Prese…
Ideas for professional businesses  
Business ideas in the professional sector
Looking to remain in the professional sector, but want to go it alone? Here are some ideas of how you could take the next step and put your knowledge and skills to good use. Freelance journalist Freelance editor Proofreader Freelance consultant e.g. marketing, planning   Business …
Ideas for specialist or intensive farming enterprises
Business ideas to complement existing farm businesses
The below are ideas to get you thinking about novel or extensive farming enterprises that could complement or work along the existing farm business. Many of the ideas below will depend on the infrastructure you have in place or available. Buffalo farming Calf rearing units Pig rearing…
Ideas for tourism, leisure and sport businesses
Looking for a different business idea in the leisure and sport industry
Below are a wealth of ideas to get you thinking about business opportunities in the leisure, sport and tourism industry.  Organised walking or cycling trails Organised walking or cycling holidays Trail running Off-road cycling, riding or quad biking Mud Run or Wolf Run Courses f…
Jackie’s guide to establishing a riding holiday business
Your questions answered on riding holiday businesses
It is estimated that nationally there are 1.3 million regular riders*. Admittedly not all of these people will own their own horse or pony, but it is an industry with opportunity. Ted and Jackie Howard-Jones saw this opportunity and established a riding business offering day rides and riding…
Key priorities of a caravan storage business
Useful tips when it comes to caravan storage
Having established a successful caravan storage business, Ted and Jackie Howard-Jones provide a checklist of key requirements when establishing this type of venture. The demand The caravan industry contributes more than £6 billion per year to the UK economy and as a nation, there are an …
Making a business out of the nation’s favourite past time
A business idea for tea lovers
As a nation of tea lovers, it should be enough to open your doors and pour steaming brown liquid into hefty mugs for grateful customers but liquid refreshment is a competitive market, not in the least with purveyors of the other brown steaming beverage. But if you do your research and find your …
Making a rural enterprise out of the British Countryside
The British Countryside is a great place to start a business
We live in a beautiful part of the world and have access to stunning scenery at our fingertips. So how you could make a business out of this? Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Lead wildlife walks in your local area To make a profitable business in this sector, your unique selli…
Making more of your craft skills
Turning your creative flair into a dynamic business
If you have a creative flair and are considering starting your own rural business, could you be doing something a little different from others in the industry? Here are some ideas to get you started. Make and sell home accessories Make time and space to research the market and to anti…
Making the most of the holiday business
Opportunities within the tourist accommodation market
Following the recession, the ‘staycation’ has become a popular option so tourism accommodation is now a big business. In 2015 British residents spent £19.6 billion on 102.7 million overnight trips in England*. Hard work and increasingly busy lives mean that the average person looks to those t…
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