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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.

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August 2017

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Contactless payment use in the UK has soared in 2017, with the amount spent in-store using mobile devices rising more than threefold.

More than half of all start-ups founded in the past three years are operating without any insurance cover, according to a new report.

Hiring demand in the UK remains strong and unemployment is at a record low but pay rises are likely to remain subdued, according to a new economic forecast.

The Government's Fit to Work scheme, designed to tackle sickness absence in the workplace, has failed to engage the majority of UK businesses.

Southampton, London and Edinburgh are the best UK cities for self-employed workers, according to a new study.

Nine months after launch, a new scheme has already enabled 230 UK small businesses that were turned down by big banks to get £3.8 million in funding from alternative lenders.

New research shows that more than one in five UK consumers are willing to allow brands to collect their details in exchange for "something in return".

Businesses in the UK need to shout about their ethical credentials as much as they do about their products, according to the findings of a new survey.

Over one-third of UK workers say that smart workplace dress codes are outdated, and half say work wear is likely to become more casual.

The Government has announced a new Data Protection Bill that will bring the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law.

The Government has announced a new Data Protection Bill that will bring the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law.

Independent retailers that don't offer an online shopping experience are being left behind by tech-savvy store owners, according to a new study.

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