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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.

Start Up September launches

18 September 2017

Start Up September launchesA campaign aimed at supporting start-ups has been launched as the number of new businesses reaches record highs.

Start Up September promises a month dedicated to advising UK start-ups and entrepreneurs on how to successfully launch and manage their business. The inaugral event takes place on 21 September at Launch 22 in London and will provide opportunities for networking and pitching ideas.

Start Up September says that support and advice is needed more than ever for would-be business owners and entrepreneurs. Over 650,000 new businesses were registered in 2016 and 446,985 start-ups have been established in 2017 so far. However, 90% of start-ups fail within the first five years.

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 43% of potential UK business owners express fear as the main barrier stopping them from setting up a new business. In particular, uncertainty around Brexit means many would-be entrepreneurs have reservations about how to navigate the challenges ahead.

Adam Cox, founder of Start Up September said: "With such a high failure rate of start-up businesses in the UK any advice that can help a business increase the odds of survival is invaluable. Often start-up entrepreneurs are in unchartered territory and are learning from painful mistakes rather than following a road map from those that have travelled a similar path before."

The Start Up September campaign is aiming to increase understanding of important topics including money management, cash flow and social media handling.

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