Famous entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Stelios and Sahar Hashemi have all started businesses and thrived during a recession: could you be next? Despite the downturn, it's still a great time to start a business, with less competition and better deals for everything from inventory, advertising and rent. We deliver essential information on how to start a business, make it a success, as well as advice on overcoming challenges including the changing economic outlook. Be inspired by start up stories, and learn tips from the experts: Which businesses do the best in a recession; Write a convincing business plan; Learn who is still lending finance, and what they're looking for; Locate the most reliable suppliers; Use techniques to make sure you get paid; Discover the best ways to promote your business; Attract customers and keep them coming back. Startups.co.uk is the UK's most popular website for small businesses. Started by a successful entrepreneur, it has been helping people start their own business since 2000, and now helps over 150,000 people every month. Small business owners and new businesses consistently rate startups.co.uk as the leading source of information for UK entrepreneurs.