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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.


October 2017

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International trade secretary Liam Fox has announced that small businesses can now access Government-backed export finance directly from their banks.

International research reveals that British employees are wary of asking for extended breaks from work even though two-thirds are tempted by the idea of a sabbatical.

Nearly half of UK employees spend most of their time on organisational, planning and other admin tasks - rather than the actual job in hand.

New Government figures show that less than half of eligible English councils have begun allocating their share of the £300 million business rates hardship fund launched six months ago.

With the latest trade data for August showing a further widening of the trade deficit, business groups are calling for more Government help for small firms that want to export.

New research shows that small firms can cut the wait for payments if they automate processes such as credit control, payments and receipts.

On World Mental Health Day, business groups are calling for more to be done to help employers tackle mental health issues in the workplace.

A new poll shows that small and micro-businesses are doubtful that the Government's new small business commissioner will adequately tackle the issue of late payment.

The productivity of UK workers has fallen for the second quarter in a row in a trend that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has called a "productivity puzzle".

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has averted over a million visits to a number of unauthorised websites that promote misleading and costly helpline numbers.

Small businesses are not keeping up with online shopping trends, as mobile commerce goes mainstream.

One-third of freelancers and micro-business owners work longer than the UK maximum of 48 hours per week but most say they are happy with their work-life balance.

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