Helping your business to Start, Grow and Develop.

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.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.
22 August 2017

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned of the consequences of Barclay’s plans to close a further 54 of its bank branches by the end of the year.

22 August 2017

Research by CV-Library suggests that almost a quarter (22.5%) of UK workers don’t believe they are trusted by their employers, with more than a third of UK workplaces also having “ridiculous rules in place”.

22 August 2017

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is advising UK SMEs to prepare for tough times, following recently published data showing that the UK’s total trade deficit widened by £2bn between May and June 2017.

17 August 2017

Contactless payment use in the UK has soared in 2017, with the amount spent in-store using mobile devices rising more than threefold.

17 August 2017

More than half of all start-ups founded in the past three years are operating without any insurance cover, according to a new report.

15 August 2017

Hiring demand in the UK remains strong and unemployment is at a record low but pay rises are likely to remain subdued, according to a new economic forecast.

15 August 2017

The Government's Fit to Work scheme, designed to tackle sickness absence in the workplace, has failed to engage the majority of UK businesses.

14 August 2017

Southampton, London and Edinburgh are the best UK cities for self-employed workers, according to a new study.

14 August 2017

Nine months after launch, a new scheme has already enabled 230 UK small businesses that were turned down by big banks to get £3.8 million in funding from alternative lenders.

9 August 2017

New research shows that more than one in five UK consumers are willing to allow brands to collect their details in exchange for "something in return".

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