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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.

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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 2020

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The UK's leading freelancer body IPSE has warned that the new points-based immigration system will not meet the needs of self-employed workers.

The government has launched a new business campaign designed to help businesses in England to find the right support.

The employment organisation Acas has issued new guidance for employers and employees that have been affected by the coronavirus.

Workplace mental health experts have warned that many UK companies are not doing enough to protect employees from work-related stress.

New data shows that many foreign businesses that bought goods and services from UK companies in 2019 paid their invoices late.

The UK government has created several tools to help British nationals and businesses get ready for new rules in 2021 once the transition period is over.

One in five Brits wants to set up their own business in the next five years but worries about everything from age to money are holding them back.

A new survey has found that two-thirds of start-up founders attribute personal health issues to their hectic working lives.

The UK economy saw zero growth in the fourth quarter of 2019; now business groups are calling for a spring Budget that supports the UK's small firms.

As National Apprenticeship Week gets underway, the Federation of Small Businesses is calling on the government to secure the long-term future of apprenticeships.

Countingup, the small business banking and accounting app, has launched a tax estimate tool for calculating income tax, national insurance and corporation tax.

Almost three-quarters of UK firms looking to recruit have struggled to find the right talent, a new survey of employers has found.

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