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What this site is for and how it can help your business

The Definitive Online Resource for Small Businesses

Microsoft bCentral is the free comprehensive online destination for UK small businesses. We aim to offer business and technology oriented advice, ideas and support to help you run your company:


From the fundamentals of writing a winning marketing plan to the practicalities of producing your own promotional materials, here's all you need to make your company stand out. Also find out about how to start selling online and make the most of your business's untapped potential.

Starting Up

Building your own business comes with many challenges from creating a solid business plan and identifying your customers to finding financial backing. Here’s some help to get you started.


Computers and the Internet have the power to revolutionise the way we do business. It's important not to get left behind. Here we've got details of all the latest gadgets, gizmos and innovations and how they can help your business. Buyer's guides help you purchase wisely, and our tips and tricks mean you can do more with your software.


From the moment you start a business, good planning and organisation is vital for success. Our guide contains loads of tips to help you get your company in order, and gives stacks of advice on people management. We help you find a clear path through the minefield of legislation that applies to your business, and our "Starting Up" section shows all the options open to you when your company is in its infancy.


At Microsoft bCentral we understand that you don't always have time to get online and catch up with all the latest developments in the small business world. That's why we offer you a range of newsletters which deliver the latest news, advice and competitions, straight to your inbox.

Get in Touch

Please get in touch with us if you can't find what you're looking for or need specific assistance or product advice. Our comprehensive Contact Us section will tell you how.


To provide you with the latest small business advice and information, we've enlisted the help of specialised organisations and small business experts both internationally and in the UK. See our Contributors section for background information, author archives and contact details.

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