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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.


April 2017

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Over half of small businesses with EU workers are worried about finding skilled staff and growing their business after Brexit, according to new research.

Despite concerns about the UK economy, most UK micro-business owners say they play to grow their business in the next six months.

New research has mapped out the rising problem of workplace stress across the UK.

The introduction of the dividend tax allowance has caused tax filing problems for some freelancers and contractors according to payroll and accountancy body, the FCSA.

Our round-up of other small business stories making the headlines this week...

A poll of 1,200 businesses across the UK has found that 20% have been affected by a cyber security breach in the past 12 months and 21% believe the threat of cyber crime has stopped them growing.

Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to call a snap election in June may have caught everyone unawares, but business groups have been quick to react.

New research has found that 41% of SMEs have lost money because of mistakes they have made on their self-assessment tax returns.

The UK is near the bottom of an international class when it comes to key measures on skills, according to a damning new report.

Our round-up of other small business stories making the headlines this week...

Nearly two-thirds of UK workers dislike looking for a new job, according to new research.

Chester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Brighton are three of the best places in the UK to start a trade business, according to new analysis of start-up survival rates.

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