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The Best Business Information on the Web! 

All the best sites for everything from marketing to finance to production to human resources and much more.

To make it easy for you we have included a brief description of each of these sites and the type of course it may be useful for, including, GCSE, BTEC AS/A Level, Degree or equivalent.


Website (for all business subjects)

Description (by level) 

BBC bitesize


GCSE Business Studies revision from the BBC on everything from marketing to production – useful and easy to digest – other subjects available here too.  (GCSE, BTEC)

BBC learning



Links to help with Business, Economics, Travel and ICT (also covers other subjects) from the BBC.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level)



Easy to use site with various links for a variety of subjects including Business, Economics and ICT.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level)

Business Studies Online



Useful site with resources and business studies games.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level)



Great revision notes, quizzes and presentations for Business and Economics.  All areas covered from Marketing to Finance to Production.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

National Statistics


Official UK government statistics on everything from employment to health to leisure activities to the economy.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)




TV's financial guru, Martin Lewis, gives tips on how to save and even make money from companies.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

BBC business news


Excellent site for bite-sized, up to date business news, current issues and company information – links to the economy and e-commerce here too.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Virtual Training Suite


Having trouble getting or sorting information from the internet?  This site gives you tips.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Yahoo finance



Information on the stock market, house prices, exchange rates and lots more.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

BBC's Working Lunch



Easy to use site from the BBC TV programme with excellent business information and consumer issues.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Business Gateway


Good information on setting up and running businesses – useful fact-sheets available.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Department for Media, Culture & Sport


Government Department for Culture Media and Sport – facts figures and information.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)



Information on the UK including marketing research from ACORN - A Classification of Residential Neighbourhoods    (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Business Link



Government support for business - help, advice, legal issues and much more    (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

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Another useful website with revision notes and tests – take a look around.  (BTEC, A Level)

Oxford School of Learning


Resources, revision notes and more for Business Studies and Economics.  (BTEC, A Level)



General business education website with resources for Business and Economics – everything from finance to production and current business news - highly recommended.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)



Great site for independent financial advice and stock market tips and information.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)


The Times 100


Excellent case studies and revision notes brought to you by ‘The Times’ - great if you are researching real companies such as Cadbury's and Argos.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

European Union


Official European Union website (in a number of languages!) – comprehensive information on all aspects of the EU.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

UK trade


Government website providing support for international trade with analysis of business sectors and different countries.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Department for Trade and Industry


Government Department for Trade and Industry website – useful for business start-up information and laws including employment and consumer.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

HM Revenue and Customs


Information on the collection of UK tax revenue including the rules governing businesses.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Confederation of British Industry



The organisation representing big business in the UK - business surveys, information and more.  Have a look at their 'business summaries' for external factors affecting business.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Trades Union Congress



Information on UK Trades Unions and issues to do with jobs, productivity, employment laws and more. (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

The Guardian


Online newspaper with excellent archive search facility – regarded as politically ‘centre-left’.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Advertising Standards Authority



UK Advertising Standards Authority website - laws and cases regarding UK advertising.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Financial Times



Get your financial news from the Financial Times or order free company reports and accounts from the biggest companies. (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Keynote Reports




Keynote marketing intelligence reports - click on 'visitors' and then 'report gallery' to see free summaries (full reports free in most university libraries).  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

The Law Society (for business)



The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales - this useful part of the site gives advice on the legal aspects of business with useful factsheets.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)




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Companies House

Compliance procedures

Details of professional advisers

Forecast closing balance sheet

This is a balance sheet showing the financial position the applicant firm is forecasted to be in after trading for 12 months as an authorised firm. A balance sheet is a statement of the applicant firm's financial position including its assets and liabilities.

Insurance special purpose vehicles

Any undertaking, whether incorporated or not, other than an existing insurance or reinsurance undertaking, which assumes risks from insurance or reinsurance undertakings and which fully funds its exposure to such risks through the proceeds of a debt issuance or some other financing mechanism where the repayment rights of the providers of such debt or other financing mechanism are subordinated to the reinsurance obligations of such a vehicle.


You should tick this box if you are intending to carry on business as a financial adviser or a personal investment firm.

Investment Manager

A firm which manages investments on a discretionary basis.

Latest annual accounts

If the applicant firm is already trading then you must send us a copy of the firm's most recent annual accounts.

Limited Company

Private Limited Company

An entity incorporated by registration under the Companies Act 1985 whose members (i.e. shareholders) have a limited liability towards their company – its name must also end with "Ltd". "Limited liability" means that their liability is limited to paying to the company the price they have agreed to pay for their shares – after the shares are fully paid-up no further liability exists. The company has its own legal personality so is separate from the individual(s) who formed the company and from directors/shareholders.

Decisions affecting the business, the company or its assets are made either by directors or by shareholders. The division of powers between board meetings (directors' decisions) and general meetings (shareholders' decisions) imposes a more formal regime on companies compared to partnerships and sole traders. In private companies the same people are often the directors and the major shareholders.

The company alone is responsible for the debts and obligations of the business, even in the event of insolvency (with some exceptions). There are also more onerous obligations around publicity of company information (when compared to sole traders and partnerships).
Public Limited Company (plc)

To be a plc, the company's constitution must state it is a public company, its name must end with "plc" and it must satisfy requirements as to the minimum amount of its share capital.

A plc may apply to have its shares listed on the London Stock Exchange or on the Alternative Investment Market. This means that a price will be quoted at which dealings in the company's shares will take place.

The structure is broadly similar to a private limited company however there are a number of subtle technical differences including, for example, that plcs must have at least two directors whereas private companies only require one. Some differences in practice include the fact that in a plc:

Limited liability partnership (LLP)

A LLP is a recognised legal entity by virtue of the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000. LLPs are legal entities which are capable of entering contracts in their own right, and are correspondingly liable for debts under those contracts. Any two people associated for carrying on a lawful business with a view to profit can set up as a LLP.

A LLP has some features of a limited company and some of a partnership. For example, it can have the organisational flexibility of, and a similar tax regime to, a partnership.

Monthly cashflow forecast

The cashflow statement shows how a firm is paying for its operations and future growth, by detailing the "flow" of cash into and out of the firm.

Monthly profit and loss account

This is a statement showing the forecast income and expenditure, and hence the profit or loss, of the applicant firm for each month for the first 12 months of trading as an authorised firm.

Non Investment Insurance Contracts

Opening balance sheet

This is a balance sheet prepared as at the start of the applicant firm's first 12 months of trading as an authorised firm. A balance sheet is a statement of the applicant firm's financial position including its assets and liabilities.



Organisational Structure chart

If applicable this structure chart will need to show controllers, close links, groups and any connections to European Economic Area firms and/or non European Economic Area firms. If you are not sure if you have any of these please wait until you are asked in the decision tree as you will be provided with further guidance.


A partnership consists of two or more people formed for the purpose of carrying on a business with a view to profit. Unlike a company, a partnership does not have a legal personality of its own and therefore partners are personally liable for the debts of the firm for the period that they were partners – even after leaving the partnership.

Partners generally share:

Personal pension schemes including SIPPs


Sole Trader

A sole trader operates as an individual without the use of a company structure or partners and has sole responsibility for the actions of the business. Business finances cannot be separated from personal finances insofar as the sole trader has unlimited personal liability and is personally responsible for any liabilities incurred by the business.

Staff organisational chart

This is a chart to show that you have an management structure and clear reporting lines. You will be given more details in the core details form of this application pack as to what it should deal with. However, the minimum requirements are the names of significant staff, direct reporting lines and direct reporting lines into the board.

Terms of Business

If you intend to carry on business in investments as a retail intermediary, the applicant firm will be required to have a statement of the terms and conditions under which the applicant firm will carry on regulated business with a customer.

Why companies export. The export function within a company.

Export office personnel. Handling inquiries, quotations and records. Organisation of the export office. Relationship between departments.

Incoterms, terms of delivery, quotations, costs, payment terms and terms of sale.

Route selection, modes of transport, containerisation, TIR operations, multi-modal transport.

5. Freight Forwarders

6. Packaging for Transport and Delivery

Packaging, protection, delivery by air, sea and road, regulations, requirements, packaging costs, marking and labeling requirements.

Marine cargo insurance, export credit insurance (commercial and political risk), product liability insurance.

Invoices, Intrastat, VIES, Single Administrative Document (SAD), Bills of Lading, consular documents, customs documentation, consignments notes, shipping notes, health and sanitary certificates, certificates of origin, packing lists. Export Licences and Controls. Document control and management. Preshipment inspection.

Inward Processing – Suspension or Drawback. Customs warehousing and management. Paperless documentation.

Export and import process, customs requirements and regulations, tariffs and quotas, export and import licensing, controls and regulations.

Preparation of distribution and agency agreements. Completion of the agency agreement of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia, BIM, Udaras, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Embassies /Consulates.  


2. The Marketing Environment

Influences in the micro and macro environment. Competitor analysis. Competitive strategies.

3. Buyer Behaviour

The stages in the buying process. Influences on buyer behaviour. How marketers can influence buyer behavoiur at each stage of the buying process. Differences between consumer and organisational buying behaviour.

4. Marketing Information Systems

Components of a firm’s marketing information system. Step in the marketing research process. Characteristics of good marketing research. Sampling. Probability and nonprobability samples. Contact methods for survey research. Questionnaire design. Quantitative versus qualitative market research.

5. Market Segmentation

Bases for segmentating consumer markets. Requirements for effective segmentation. Market targeting. Evaluating market segments. Selecting target markets. Positioning the market offer. Positioning the market offer. Positioning strategies. Differentiation.



6. Product Management

Classifying products. Product hierarchy. Product mix. Product line analysis. Packaging and labelling.

7. Branding

The brand concept. Brand equity. Benefits of branding. Branding decisions.

Manufacturers’ brands versus private label brands. Brand extensions.

8. The Product Life Cycle

Stages in the PLC. Strategies for each stage. Critique of the PLC.

9. The New Product Development Process

Stages in the NPD process. Pitfalls in the process. Why products fail

10. Services Marketing

The continuum approach to services. Levels of product/service. Characteristics of services. Basic strategies for service firms. Causes of unsuccessful delivery. Determinants of service quality. Relationship marketing.

11. Pricing

The concept of price. Price and value. Pricing objectives. Factors affecting pricing decisions. Steps involved in setting prices. Pricing policies.

12. Distribution

Distribution systems. Marketing channels. Why intermediaries are used. Channel types. Main channel decisions. Causes of channel conflict. Vertical marketing decisions. Causes of channel conflict. Vertical marketing systems. Main activities in physical distribution. Retail marketing decisions.

13. Marketing Communications

The communications process. The marketing communications (promotions) mix. Marketing communications. Objectives. Advertising, public relations, sales promotion, personal selling, direct marketing, commercial sponsorship. Steps in developing a marketing communications programme. Writing a media brief. Types of advertising agency in Ireland. Choosing an agency.  

1. The Financial Accounting Reporting Environment

The legal form of business organisation. The legal requirements of limited companies. Types of companies. Nature and purposes of reserves. Layout of sole traders’, manufacturing, departmental and company accounts. Objectives of financial reporting. Desirable qualitative characteristics of accounting information. Fundamental accounting concepts of SSAP 2. Historical cost accounting. Regulation of financial reporting. Role and mechanism of main regulatory bodies. External and internal audit. Materiality and true and fir view. Role of the directors’ report.

2. Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements

Identification of the four primary financial statements. Calculation, interpretation of liquidity, profitability, activity and gearing rations. Limitations of ration analysis. Minimising the effects of weaknesses in ration analysis. Importance of cash flow statements. Importance of FRS 3 – Reporting Financial Performance.

3. Practical Financial Accounting

Double entry book-keeping. The accounting equation. Books of original entry. General ledger. Trial balance. Accruals and prepayments. Provisions. Depreciation. Accounting entries for closing stock. Distinction between capital and revenue. Nature and purpose of a bank reconciliation statement. Recording of transactions through the double entry system. Extraction of a trial balance. Correction of errors. Posting of adjustments. Preparation of a trading, profit and loss account and balance sheet for a sole trader.

4. Management Accounting

Nature and scope of management accounting information. Role of management accounting information in an organisation. Relationship between management and financial accounting. Basic cost concepts. Cost volume profit analysis. Nature, objective and advantages of budgeting.

1. General Principles of Law

The sources of law. The legal system in action.

2.Contract Law

Essential elements. Offer, Acceptance, Mistakes, Misrepresentation, Fraud.

Discharge, conditions and warranties. Performance, breach of contract, remedies, quasi contract, capacity of contract, privity of contract and assignment. Illegal, unenforceable and avoidable contracts, restraint of trade and undue influence.

3.Commercial Law

Sale of goods. Credit sale, hire purchase and lease. Negotiable instruments. Agency. Freight and Carriage. Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance. Guarantees, Indemnities and Liens.

4. European Union

Institutions of the EU and their functions. The effect of EU regulations and directives on Irish law. Articles 85 & 86 of the European Economic Community Treaty. Competition Act 1991. Competition Pricing