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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.

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Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

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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.

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April 2020

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled a 100% government-backed loan scheme aimed at the UK's smallest firms.

A leading online platform for freelancers has seen a four-fold rise in sign-ups as well as increased demand for specific skills including business planning and marketing.

A new study has assessed how UK employees are coping with working life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has written to MPs calling for action to support directors of small firms who have been left out of current coronavirus support measures.

More than 140,000 companies have applied to the government's job furlough scheme on its first day of operation.

A raft of new surveys has found that alarming numbers of small businesses say they don't expect to survive the coronavirus crisis.

As businesses struggle to access the finance they need, the British Business Bank has approved four new lenders for accreditation under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

The Coronavirus Government Support Eligibility Checker helps businesses to find out which schemes they are eligible for.

The Coronavirus Government Support Eligibility Checker helps businesses to find out which schemes they are eligible for.

Small businesses that occupy serviced office spaces have missed out on £100m of grants based on business rates - worth £10,000 per business.

In spite of a raft of support measures put in place by the UK government, many employers expect to make permanent redundancies because of the coronavirus crisis.

The UK freelance marketplace PeoplePerHour is making £10 million available for small businesses to spend on hiring freelancers via its platform.