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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.


June 2018

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Most self-employed workers are not doing enough to save for their retirement but a new report concludes that the Government's Automatic Enrolment scheme is not the answer.

Despite their qualifications, employers say that many new graduates lack the professional skills that they are looking for.

Less than a year before its planned introduction, many UK businesses have little or no awareness of HMRC's Making Tax Digital initiative.

With temperatures set to remain high all week, Acas has issued guidance to help employers manage workplace challenges in the hot weather.

Changes to self-employment tax laws have had a "seriously damaging effect" in the NHS and across the public sector, according to new research.

More than a third of senior decision-makers believe that younger workers are most likely to cause data security breaches in the workplace.

The latest figures from the Department for Education show that the number of apprenticeship starts fell by 28% in the past year.

The UK tax body says it has reduced the tax gap but claims that the largest amount of unpaid tax is owed by the nation's small firms.

A study on self-employment has identified a key new group of entrepreneurs - parents that want to fit their work around the school run.

More than half of the UK's business angel investors are based in London and the South East, according to new research.

Debit cards have overtaken cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK.

The UK is set for its weakest year of GDP growth since 2009, according to new analysis by the British Chambers of Commerce.