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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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The 2017 DNA of an Entrepreneur report has found that two-thirds of small business owners say they are better off than a year ago, and seven in ten have expanded their customer base.

Half of UK businesses have faced skills or labour shortages in the past year but only a few are actively looking overseas to fill vacancies, according to new research.

The British workplace is likely to change significantly in the next five years as more people abandon a nine-to-five day in favour of flexible working.

The FSB's 2018 awards have opened for entries, offering UK small businesses the chance to shine in 12 categories including best micro-business, start-up, scale-up and family business.

A new study by the Institute of Directors reveals that many entrepreneurs have no plans to hang up their hats and many over-50s are starting new businesses.

A Government investment of £13m a year would help boost workplace productivity in small businesses, according to new research.

The UK's smallest businesses have the most committed staff, according to new research.

Whatsapp has announced expansion plans, including a free business app for small firms and an enterprise solution for bigger companies.

More than half of consumers polled in a recent survey said businesses should be required by law to donate a proportion of their profits to good causes.

Insecurity is the most difficult aspect of being self-employed according to the findings of new research.

High speed broadband is to be piloted in six different regions of the UK as part of a new £200 million Government project.

Three-quarters of public sector departments have lost top talent in the wake of IR35 tax reforms according to the findings of new research.

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