The latest labour market statistics show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has remained stable at 4.8 million.
For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.
Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.
It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.
Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.
Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.
Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.
Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.
Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.
Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.
It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.
Eight retail gurus have been appointed by the Government to assess the state of UK high streets and advise on how to bring them back to health.
A lack of resources is preventing many small businesses from improving the way they work or updating the products they make.
Organisations in Peterborough, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent currently have the worst record for paying freelancers and micro-businesses on time according to new data.
There has been a significant upturn in online sales during the prolonged hot weather according to a new survey of British ecommerce retailers.
Publication of the Government's Brexit White Paper has been welcomed by business groups but there are still more questions than answers.
Almost six in ten UK employers are taking significant steps to tackle the gender pay gap according to new research.
The latest Government trade figures show that exports reached a record high of £620 billion in the year to May 2018.
Barclays has increased its unsecured lending limit from £50,000 to £100,000 as a result of new research that shows the importance of faster finance for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Government has published the names of 239 employers found to have underpaid 22,400 UK workers by a total of £1.44 million.