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.

Recruiting an employee: A step-by-step guide

You may have been running your business on your own, but have reached the stage where you need some extra help. You may be taking on your first employee, recruiting additional staff or be looking to replace someone who has recently left your business.

There are some key steps you should take when employing someone. Failure to follow them could leave you with an unproductive or unsuitable employee or, in the worst case scenario, facing an employment tribunal if things go badly wrong.

This tool, from Acas, is aimed at small firms and organisations, and line and team managers in larger organisations. It includes sections on:

  • Getting prepared
  • Step 1: Business need
  • Step 2: Who do you want?
  • Step 3: Advertise
  • Step 4: Interview
  • Real-life situation
  • Case study one
  • Case study two

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