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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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May 2018

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A new study has found that there are big differences between cities across the UK when it comes to wifi, broadband and mobile connectivity.

New figures from the National Audit Office reveal that one in ten phone calls to the HMRC helpline are not picked up.

The Federation of Small Businesses has called on large companies in the UK to do more to end late payments, poor payment practice and supply chain bullying.

Self-employed people are still far less likely to save than other workers, according to Government figures.

A Government report has suggested that tax rates on dividends should be brought in line with income tax rates.

Two-thirds of manufacturers that export struggled to recruit in the first quarter of 2018, according to new research.

Small businesses that allow their employees to work on their own laptops and smart phones are at greater risk of security breaches.

Entrepreneurs that start a business without a fixed plan are more likely to succeed according to new research.

The latest poll of self-employed workers shows there has been a marked improvement in confidence and earnings in 2018.

While sales and footfall on the UK high street remain sluggish, online retail sales saw a significant increase in April.

A quarter of consumers spend more with an organisation when they are convinced of their GDPR compliance according to new research.

The Government is to look into extending off-payroll tax rules to contractors in the private sector.

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