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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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November 2018

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The British Business Bank has announced up to £150 million of new lending to UK small businesses through Funding Circle.

New research on sexual harassment has revealed that only one in four workers says that media coverage of the #MeToo campaign has helped to improve their workplace culture.

A new study has uncovered the parts of the UK where entrepreneurship is thriving, as well as those where it's in the doldrums.

New research has found that a fear of failure may be deterring young people - and particularly young engineers - from starting their own enterprises.

The House of Lords has called for the introduction of Making Tax Digital for VAT to be delayed because of concerns that small businesses are not ready for the new system.

The growing popularity of Black Friday means that November is fast becoming a busier month than December for Christmas shopping.

The UK's leading accountancy body is reminding employers that they can "spread the Christmas joy" by taking advantage of a staff party tax break.

The first poll of business leaders since the publication of the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement has found that most UK directors want to see the deal approved.

The prime minister may be having a hard time convincing MPs to back her Brexit deal but business groups have broadly welcomed Theresa May's draft withdrawal agreement.

An improved government export service now provides online details of thousands of current exporting opportunities that are open to UK businesses.

Six months after the introduction of EU data protection legislation, a new report has found that only one third of SMEs believe they are compliant.

Getting to and from work now takes five minutes longer than a decade ago, according to new analysis by the TUC.

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