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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.

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May 2017

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Despite warnings from experts and with cyber breaches hitting the headlines, a new poll shows that almost half of the UK's small businesses still don't have a cyber security plan.

A poll of more than 9,000 students and graduates has found that young people are more interested in working for small and medium-sized firms than big businesses.

Businesses repairing household goods have seen their turnover rise by more than 40% in the past five years, as the UK's "make do and mend" economy continues to grow.

Small firms facing a big rise in their business rates are waiting for the financial help promised by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Freelance body IPSE has launched an advertising campaign to highlight the contribution that self-employed workers make to the UK economy ahead of the general election.

With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in a year's time, business groups and the Government are urging UK small businesses to start preparing.

New research has revealed that small businesses could be losing out on over £23,000 of profit every year because they don't accept card payments.

New research finds that boredom in the workplace is widespread and it's having an impact on employee wellbeing and productivity.

Freelance body IPSE has analysed electoral data to find the constituencies where self-employed workers are likely to have the biggest voice in the election.

Investment in UK small firms and start-ups by large organisations has fallen sharply after a period of strong growth.

Domestic issues are just as important to UK small businesses as Brexit when it comes to the 2017 general election, a new survey shows.

One third of sole traders and owners of micro-businesses admit that they find the job of managing their finances stressful according to new research.

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