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.

The new employee's contract: a step-by-step guide

Once you have chosen who you want to employ, you can make a job offer. The job offer can be conditional, but once the conditions have been met and the employee accepts your job offer, you enter into a legal arrangement.

Some employment rightstake effect as soon as the employee starts work with you. You will need to provide the new recruit with the terms and conditions of their employment - including job title, hours of work and pay and conditions. You must provide written terms and conditions of employment within two months of them starting work with you. And the sooner you do this the better.

This tool, from Acas, is aimed at small firms and organisations and explains what to do and how to do it. It includes sections on:

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