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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.


November 2017

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New YouGov research for Amazon has found that nearly one in four UK SME retailers (23%) is planning to participate in Black Friday this year, up from 14% last year.

A new survey has found that more than half of UK consumers believe that every business should be required to give some of their profits to charity.

The average value of small businesses in the UK is dropping, with restaurants and cafes in London being hit the hardest according to new research.

UK small businesses need to build partnerships in order to achieve their growth ambitions, according to a new report.

Two leading business groups have warned that lowering the VAT threshold could be "a disaster" for small businesses.

Four in five Brits have thought about starting their own business, according to new research.

Penny Power and Gail Thomas have joined forces to launch a new high street café chain aimed at business owners and the self-employed.

Extending auto-enrolment to gig workers could boost their retirement income by at least £75,000, according to a new study.

Most employers say they check out job applicants on social media but new research finds that one in five job candidates also "stalks" prospective employers online.

A new study by Innovate UK has found that many businesses are unaware of the key criteria investors are looking for when they are trying to get funding.

The voluntary Living Wage - dubbed the "real Living Wage" - has increased to £10.20 per hour in London and to £ 8.75 per hour in the rest of the UK.

A new study has highlighted the diverse nature of the UK's freelance population, allowing policy-makers to provide better support for self-employed workers based on their circumstances.

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