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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.

November 2017

20 November 2017

A new survey has found that 57% of small businesses plan to employ more freelancers than permanent staff by 2020.

20 November 2017

With fears that the VAT threshold could be lowered in this week's budget, the Federation of Small Businesses has warned that such a move would "drain small firms of time and money".

15 November 2017

New YouGov research for Amazon has found that nearly one in four UK SME retailers (23%) is planning to participate in Black Friday this year, up from 14% last year.

15 November 2017

A new survey has found that more than half of UK consumers believe that every business should be required to give some of their profits to charity.

14 November 2017

The average value of small businesses in the UK is dropping, with restaurants and cafes in London being hit the hardest according to new research.

14 November 2017

UK small businesses need to build partnerships in order to achieve their growth ambitions, according to a new report.

13 November 2017

Two leading business groups have warned that lowering the VAT threshold could be "a disaster" for small businesses.

13 November 2017

Four in five Brits have thought about starting their own business, according to new research.

8 November 2017

Penny Power and Gail Thomas have joined forces to launch a new high street café chain aimed at business owners and the self-employed.

8 November 2017

Extending auto-enrolment to gig workers could boost their retirement income by at least £75,000, according to a new study.

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