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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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September 2017

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A Europe-wide survey has found that workers in the UK are most likely to leave their current job with many employees actively looking for a new position.

New research has found that the gender pay gap for the UK's 3.3m managers is wider than previously thought.

Small businesses in the UK are "a legion of fundraisers" with more than seven in ten donating to good causes, according to new research.

At least one third of working parents are struggling to manage both childcare and job responsibilities, according to new research.

Tens of thousands of self-employed drivers could be put out of work by Transport for London's decision to revoke Uber's licence, according to IPSE.

Three-quarters of UK small businesses have not set aside any budget to deal with the aftermath of a cyber attack and even those that have underestimate the potential costs.

HM Revenue and Customs has launched the Growth Support Service, aimed at mid-sized UK businesses that have plans to grow.

Confidence among UK small firms has tumbled to its lowest level since the wake of the EU referendum.

Small business owners have been warned that they need to be even more careful with record-keeping as HMRC targets SMEs over tax avoidance.

Almost one third of businesses admit that they are slow to adopt technological innovations, according to a new study.

A campaign aimed at supporting start-ups has been launched as the number of new businesses reaches record highs.

A new campaign has been launched to help improve the health and wellbeing of small business owners, the self-employed and the staff of small employers.

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