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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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April 2018

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Many contractors have been wrongly classified as employees by public sector employers, according to the findings of a new investigation.

Late payment is widespread across the entire public sector and is putting many small businesses at risk, according to new research.

New research has found that over half of Brits have had to take time off work because of stress but many bosses say they don't know how to help.

Four in five small businesses have unqualified staff managing their finances, according to new research.

A new survey of self-employed professionals has found that confidence in the UK economy is diminishing as Brexit approaches. 

More than half of UK office workers are unhappy with their workplace dress code according to new research.

A new study has identified the fixtures and equipment that waste the most energy in small business premises.

Small firms have been reporting areas where they can't get a reliable mobile signal as part of a new campaign by the British Chambers of Commerce.

A new report predicts that UK exports of goods and services will continue to rise and will double by 2030.

After many years of rapid growth, the number of self-employed people in the UK has reached a plateau, according to new Government figures.

The latest Government statistics show that wages have grown by 2.8% compared to a year earlier.

Business leaders' confidence in the economy has returned to positive territory for the first time in almost a year.

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