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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.


May 2019

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Labour shortages are affecting businesses in all sectors and across all regions according to a new report.

A survey has found that UK office workers are becoming increasingly anxious about answering the phone at work.

The Institute of Directors has raised concerns that not enough attention is being paid to the mental wellbeing of employees and contractors that work from home.

Doing meaningful work is the most important factor that affects an employee's happiness at work, according to new research.

Almost half of employees polled said their line manager doesn't make sure they know their rights at work.

Described by its organisers as a "pivotal conference and exhibition that will power your working future" and as a "revolutionary HR and learning event", the CIPD Festival of Work will take place at Olympia London on 12-13 June 2019.

Those receiving the majority of upskilling opportunities are already highly skilled and highly paid, when while those who need it most are left behind. This is wrong and bad for business. This vicious cycle needs to be broken...

Small UK housebuilding firms in England may soon find it easier to get the finance they need to operate and grow, thanks to the launch of a new government scheme that offers guarantees to lenders.

According to figures published by The Insolvency Service (IVS) on 30 April, there were “4,187 total underlying company insolvencies” in England and Wales in Q1 2019.

The latest CBI Growth Indicator has found that UK private sector economic activity flatlined in the quarter to April 2019 and is “expected to pick up only slightly over the summer”.

More than 1,250 free cash machines switched to charging a fee in March and business groups have warned that small firms will suffer if the decline of free ATMs continues.

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