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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.


June 2018

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A self-employed plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling.

Most micro-business owners in the UK think that Brexit would be damaging for the economy, according to the results of a new survey.

People who want to start a business in the UK will be able to apply for a new "start-up" visa from 2019.

Most business owners say that the stress of running a business has had a negative impact on their personal lives, according to a new study.

The contribution of new SME workers to the UK economy is expected to drop by more than half over the next five years.

New research predicts that unauthorised staff absences during the World Cup could cost UK businesses more than £13 billion.

The UK freelancer body IPSE says a higher VAT threshold would stimulate small business growth and encourage innovation. 

Six in ten new businesses don't last five years and only 11% are still going strong after 15 years, according to new research.

Fine weather and two bank holidays helped lift UK retail sales out of the doldrums last month.

Acas has published advice for businesses to help them prepare for potential staffing issues during the World Cup.

Additional holidays and flexible hours are the most popular benefits for employees but when perks seem like gimmicks they can backfire, according to new research.

A new survey of senior HR professionals has highlighted concerns about productivity and the ageing workforce.

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