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Industry specific guides

How I started a fashion label

Virgin Startup article with Holly Scarsella the founder of Pampelone, a resort wear brand that's already providing hugely popular, highlighted by the press and stocked by retailers such as Bloomingdales.

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COBRA: complete business reference adviser

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COBRA provides fact sheets, reports and bulletins all searchable under headings such as: business opportunity profiles, sector guides, local area profiles and business events. It holds detailed start up guides for over 600 small business trades, sectors and professions, together with details of over 1,600 courses, qualifications and training providers for business start ups, business trades and professions. There are guides to over 300 small business management subjects and ‘how-to’ articles covering marketing, finance, HR/employment, administration, tax, and e-commerce. There is also access to a business legal library covering aspects such as consumer and trading law, and intellectual property.

Scroll through the long list of occupations to see what business or legal support you need.

COBRA provides everything our budding entrepreneur needs to set up a business. The database covers the whole of the United Kingdom and information is updated on a daily basis. Every faculty should find

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Sector Donuts

Offering expert guidance on how to start up and run a business in more than 200 industries - from catering to construction.

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Our Advice

When creating your new business a lot of the information you need is quite generic, particularly in the early days when creating your value proposition. However, as you develop this it is advisable to get a sound understanding of the industry you will be operating in and how you need to tailor your offering accordingly. Understanding your own sector and keeping abreast of the latest news will help you to foresee potential obstacles and challenges before they arise. If you ignore what is going on around you then you run the risk of being left behind and failing fast and hard.