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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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October 2018

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Retail sales growth has slowed in the year to October, after four consecutive months of growth during the summer.

The latest government data reveals that company insolvencies have increased in the third quarter of 2018.

New research has found that many UK small businesses have already moved to a new auto-enrolment pension provider in a search for better value for money.

Business groups have welcomed many of the measures in the Autumn Budget, applauding what the chancellor didn't do as well as what he did.

The Autumn Budget has brought some good news for small businesses and freelancers, as well as relief that new off payroll tax rules won't come in until 2020.

The latest Government figures show that the number of apprenticeship starts have continued to fall since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

A new study of freelancers has found that self-employed workers are mostly financially secure and happy in the present but are concerned about the future.

HMRC is urging UK taxpayers to avoid a last minute rush and complete their 2017-2018 self-assessment tax return early.

Small business owners have a crucial role to play in talking about mental health and helping to destigmatise it in the workplace, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday UK will take place on Saturday 1 December this year.

The number of young UK business directors has increased by over a third in the past year, according to the latest data.

A new survey has found that UK shoppers will spend an average of £90 each during this year's Black Friday retail sales event.

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