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Starting your small business

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Starting your small business

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  • 15 hours study
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      • Starting your small business is an introductory course for anyone who has recently set up a small or micro-business (a business with fewer than ten employees), or for anyone who is considering setting up a small or micro-business, or is considering self-employment as a career option.

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    • Course learning outcomes

      1. Explain what business structures are available and suitable for a small business in the UK.
      2. Recognise the ways in which a small business can gain and keep customers.
      3. Identify the financial and legal obligations of running a small business.
      4. Explain some of the common aspects of successful small businesses.

    • Course dates:

      First Published 15/03/2016.

      Updated 13/10/2017

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