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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.
19 June 2018

A study on self-employment has identified a key new group of entrepreneurs - parents that want to fit their work around the school run.

19 June 2018

More than half of the UK's business angel investors are based in London and the South East, according to new research.

18 June 2018

Debit cards have overtaken cash as the most frequently used payment method in the UK.

18 June 2018

The UK is set for its weakest year of GDP growth since 2009, according to new analysis by the British Chambers of Commerce.

13 June 2018

A self-employed plumber has won a legal battle for working rights in a Supreme Court ruling.

13 June 2018

Most micro-business owners in the UK think that Brexit would be damaging for the economy, according to the results of a new survey.

13 June 2018

People who want to start a business in the UK will be able to apply for a new "start-up" visa from 2019.

12 June 2018

Most business owners say that the stress of running a business has had a negative impact on their personal lives, according to a new study.

12 June 2018

The contribution of new SME workers to the UK economy is expected to drop by more than half over the next five years.

12 June 2018

New research predicts that unauthorised staff absences during the World Cup could cost UK businesses more than £13 billion.

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