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Helping your business to Start, Grow and Develop.


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.


March 2018

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New research reveals that the average age that Brits decide to set up their own business is 27.

The latest data on employment tribunals from the Ministry of Justice shows that claims have risen 90% year-on-year since fees were abolished in 2017.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that he was on the side of small businesses in his Spring Statement, promising action on late payments, boosting funding for SME apprenticeships and bringing forward the next Business Rates revaluation.

A new report has found that half of Brits plan to fund their retirement using their workplace pensions.

As big name chain stores such as Maplins and New Look close, new research finds that independent retailers are faring better than their bigger rivals.

The latest research into the health of the UK's small business sector has identified three key challenges that SMEs currently face.

A global survey of entrepreneurs published to mark International Women's Day has found that there is a significant gender difference when it comes to raising finance.

Voom Pitch is back with £1 million worth of prizes up grabs for start-ups and small firms that are looking to grow.

Advertised salaries increased by 1.3% year-on-year in February and job vacancies were up too according to new recruitment data.

Only 8% of UK small businesses have completed preparations ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) according to a new poll.

Two reports have shed new light on what drives employee loyalty as wellbeing issues are found to be a key factor in staff retention.

Consumers are increasingly using smartphone apps to pay for goods according to the latest data.

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