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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 2019

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A new study has investigated which UK cities and sectors have the biggest gender pay gaps.

Taking time off improves freelancers' performance as well as their work-life balance, a new study has found.

Cloud services, the rollout of 5G and advances in broadband are driving up small business spending on telecoms, according to a new report.

Fewer than one in three EU citizens in the UK have had settlement status applications approved, as the UK government announces that freedom of movement will end in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

New research has found that legislation and economic climate are the biggest obstacles facing UK businesses that are looking to grow.

Leading organisations from education and business have come together to agree a universal framework for essential skills.

A new poll has found that more than a quarter of small firms would face immediate closure if a key person in the business died or became seriously ill.

The UK has seen a 9% increase in business theft over the past three years but some parts of the country are seeing much bigger rises, according to new research.

A new study has uncovered the biggest mistakes experienced by the owners of UK small firms, including financing, pricing and taking misplaced advice from others.

A new survey has found that cashflow is a significant challenge for businesses that see their sales fluctuate across the year.

UK small firms are collectively subject to almost 10,000 cyber-attacks a day, according to new findings from the Federation of Small Businesses.

This week sees a significant deadline under Making Tax Digital as VAT-registered businesses that file on a quarterly basis submit their first VAT return using the new system.

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