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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.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

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Should the government relax the rules and penalties for drivers during COVID-19? A look at the argument in favour.
Six tips to help your business make the most of remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Working remotely as a result of COVID-19 could impact your team morale, communication and camaraderie. Combat this by organisation a team building excursion.
Employees respond well to praise and incentives - and it doesn’t need to blow your small business’ budget. How to create a performance bonus scheme.
Whether you're just starting to employ team members or you have had staff for years, you need to ensure that they're happy in their jobs. Eight tips.
Up to 30% of employees will experience a mental health problem in any one year. Workplace measures can help identify and reduce mental health issues.
Make sure you’re not just paying lip service to employee health and happiness. Why you need to take staff wellbeing seriously - and how to do it.
While big businesses have historically been a magnet for talented candidates, SMEs may offer more autonomy and room to grow. How to make the choice.
Many startups lack an HR department. This is a mistake as it can stifle recruitment and growth. Discover how to recruit and build your HR team.
Great workplaces offer an inclusive culture, opportunities for growth and a healthy work-life balance. Why flexible working is so appealing for staff.
Although mental health awareness in the workplace has improved, there is still a long way to go. Three signs that an employee may be suffering.
Investing time and effort in communicating with your employees, and finding out what makes them tick, can pay big dividends. Seven steps to follow.
Personal debt levels are at a record high in the UK, and the stress can have a huge impact on employee wellbeing. How to offer a helping hand.
It's only natural for staff to flag on a Friday - but if they're turning up on Monday looking lacklustre, you have a problem. Here's what to do.
Small businesses can't afford to get hiring wrong. How to ensure any new employees fit with your existing team - and your long-term goals.