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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.

16 January 2019

UK business groups have expressed their concerns about a potential no-deal Brexit after Parliament rejected the government's proposed withdrawal agreement.

15 January 2019

A survey of members of the union Prospect has found that two-thirds of EU citizens working in a range of specialist sectors say they might leave the UK because of Brexit.

15 January 2019

A new study has identified the 15 most promising places to start a business in the UK.

14 January 2019

The take-up of flexible working has stalled in the past nine years, despite Government initiatives and legislation changes.

14 January 2019

The prime minister's Brexit deal is almost as unpopular as the prospect of leaving the EU with no deal, according to a new poll of self-employed workers.

9 January 2019

New research shows that employees are more likely to take sick days in January than in any other month of the year.

8 January 2019

New research by Acas has revealed that sourcing staff with the right skills will be the biggest issue faced by businesses in the year ahead.

8 January 2019

More than 200,000 business owners have already used a new one-stop government service allowing start-ups to register their company and register for tax at the same time.

7 January 2019

Phishing, unreliable internet, cyber security and GDPR compliance top the list of the most common technology-related challenges for UK small businesses.

7 January 2019

Making Tax Digital will affect millions of small businesses from April this year but the latest data suggests more than half of all UK SMEs still don't understand what's in store. 

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