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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.

12 December 2018

The rise in the number of people working for themselves has helped to take employment levels to new heights, says IPSE.

12 December 2018

A new report has found that many companies are not compensating their employees for working on bank holidays over Christmas.

11 December 2018

A new report on social media trends has found that Instagram is in the ascendancy but it warns that influencer fraud is also on the rise.

10 December 2018

Confidence among UK small firms has fallen to its lowest point since 2011, according to new data from the Federation of Small Businesses. 

10 December 2018

The UK's self-employed workers are being encouraged to enter the IPSE 2019 Freelancer of the year awards.

5 December 2018

Late payment practices continue to adversely affect UK small businesses and self-employed contractors, according to a new report.

4 December 2018

Proposals to give millions of people online access to their pension information have been unveiled by the government.

4 December 2018

Shoppers came out in force for this year's Small Business Saturday event.

3 December 2018

New research suggests that 85 MPs could lose their seats over the issue of new off-payroll tax rules as independent contractors say they would vote against their MP if they were to support the changes.

3 December 2018

New research has found that employee wellbeing and engagement increases in workplaces with Christmas décor.

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