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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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January 2018

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The Sutton Trust is calling for internships to be properly advertised and paid if they last longer than one month.

Smaller and growing businesses are struggling to hire the right talent, according to new research.

The Government's tax clampdown on public sector contractors has resulted in a significant drop in the number of new company formations, according to analysis of Companies House data.

British workers are finding it hard to balance work and wellbeing and are looking to their employers for more support.

There was an increase in the number of company insolvencies in 2017, according to newly-released Government statistics.

The latest labour market statistics suggest that self-employment growth in the UK is slowing down after a long period of sustained growth in the number of people that work for themselves. 

One third of the expected self-assessment tax returns for 2016-2017 are still outstanding with only one week to go before the 31 January deadline.

Young would-be entrepreneurs could win support to get an innovative idea off the ground under a new scheme run by the Prince's Trust and Innovate UK.

The UK tax body HMRC is offering support for businesses that have been affected by the liquidation of construction firm Carillion.

The messaging service WhatsApp has launched a business app so that users can keep their personal and company communications separate.

From selling items on eBay to renting out a room, new research shows that 25% of British people now run a side business in order to boost their income.

While passion is still a key driver for many entrepreneurs, a new survey has found that 23% of new businesses have been set up specifically to be sold for profit.

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