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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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June 2019

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For the first time, large businesses could be fined for failing to pay smaller suppliers on time under new government proposals.

A new survey has found that company valuation is seen as a pressing issue for two-thirds of UK business owners.

Business uncertainty, red tape and the tax burden are all key issues that are holding back UK small firms with ambitions to grow.

More disabled people than ever are choosing to work for themselves, but they are being let down by poor support from government.

Almost one third of the UK's self-employed workers have no protection against the risks associated with running a business, according to a new report.

It has become increasingly common for professionals to have a business on the side in order to supplement their income, according to a new study.

The SME Health Check Index score fell by 6.6 to 48.5 in the first quarter of 2019.

UK commuters are spending more time getting to work and the average cost of commuting over a lifetime has reached £135,000.

A new study has found that attitudes to work are shifting as millennials increasingly focus on their work/life balance.

A new poll has found that 51% of UK small business owners need help managing their finances.

UK companies are sounding the alarm as demand for workers with digital skills is set to rise in the next three years.

The latest research by IPSE reveals that UK freelancers saw a drop of over £4,000 in their average earnings in the first quarter of 2019.

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