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.
18 May 2017

Yorkshire and the Humber is the happiest place to work, according to a new survey of British workers.

18 May 2017

Businesses in all parts of the UK, particularly rural areas, are experiencing full or partial "not-spots" in their mobile coverage according to new research.

18 May 2017

More than 1.4 million jobs could be at risk as rising numbers of small businesses plan to stop trading in the next five years, according to a new survey.

18 May 2017

The UK's small businesses are feeling the effects of rising costs, business groups are warning.

18 May 2017

Our round-up of other small business stories making the headlines this week...

11 May 2017

Concerns about excessive employment law have been put to the test, and a new poll finds that most UK employers believe these laws are necessary.

11 May 2017

UK workers are increasingly letting work encroach on their free time, according to new research.

11 May 2017

As the UK general election draws closer, business groups have published their own policy proposals and manifestos.

11 May 2017

Billions of pounds in EU funding aimed at supporting small firms must be replaced to avoid the risk of an economic slowdown post-Brexit, researchers have warned. 

11 May 2017

Our round-up of other small business stories making the headlines this week...

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