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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.

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June 2017

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HSBC has launched a new £10 billion lending fund to help small businesses in the UK realise their ambitions for growth.

New research suggests that the self-employed are happier than salaried workers and that going freelance improves wellbeing.

Inflation is rising faster than expected, sparking fears for small businesses as overheads rise and consumer spending takes a tumble.

Britain's manufacturers are calling on the new Government to alter its Brexit strategy and put access to the single market and a form of customs union at the heart of negotiations.

New data shows that consumer spending fell in May for the first time since September 2013.

As the general election delivers a hung parliament, business groups are calling on politicians to work together to ensure that the needs of the UK's five million small businesses are met.

A new survey has found that UK small and medium-sized businesses regularly have to turn down work because of unfair terms, low pay or unreasonable demands.

New research contradicts the accepted wisdom that young people have more advanced digital skills than their older colleagues.

Three out of four HR professionals expect Brexit to escalate competition for skilled labour according to a new report.

Almost a year after the EU referendum, new research shows that while only a minority of UK small businesses export to the EU, almost all outsource at least some of their work to freelancers from EU countries.

The Institute of Directors is urging the next Government to create an online portal where workers can check their own employment status and find out whether they qualify for employee benefits such as sick pay.

Construction, retail and the food and drink sector have been worst affected by a recent rise in business insolvencies.

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