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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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February 2019

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The TUC and the GMB have introduced a "model passport" to make sure disabled people have the support they need to flourish at work.

In 2017, the Conservative party made a manifesto promise to give firms that employ those from disadvantaged groups a one-year national insurance holiday.

UK small businesses say Facebook is the social media site they use the most, according to new research.

Regulation, heavy workloads and economic uncertainty are taking their toll on the UK's small business owners, according to a new study. 

New research has found that almost two-thirds of senior decision-makers in UK businesses are in favour of all tax accounts being digitalised.

New employment data shows that the UK's strong labour market is being driven in part by the rise in the self-employed.

A new survey has found that more than one in two UK office workers believe their health is being impaired by their workplace.

The UK small business organisation wants to end late payments and stop supply chain bullying.

The number of UK exporters that expect to have to increase their prices because of rising costs has gone up, according to a new report.

Inflation and a continuing skills shortage are pushing up salaries in the private sector, according to a new report.

A new report has warned that self-employed workers in the UK may need to keep working until they are almost 80 to build up a big enough pension pot.

One in three smaller businesses expects access to finance to become more difficult after Brexit, according to a new report.

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