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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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May 2020

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Acas has issued guidance to help staff manage their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, as new research shows that many employees are struggling with working from home.

High street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England will be able to reopen in mid-June but only if the government's five tests are met and as long as premises are made COVID-19 secure.

Research by Barclaycard has found that, despite significant challenges in the short term, there are early signs that small firms in the UK are starting to recover.

The latest Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker from the British Chambers of Commerce has found that UK small firms are ready for a gradual reopening of the economy but they still need government support.

A new online system will allow small and medium-sized businesses to claim back Statutory Sick Pay payments they have made to their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

A leading health and safety body has warned that a badly thought-out return to work could spell financial disaster for businesses.

A survey of over 500 pub owners conducted by the Forum of Private Business has found that nearly four in ten pubs say they are not confident of surviving a June lockdown.

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended by four months.

The government has published guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running while ensuring their workplaces are operating safely.

HMRC is writing to self-employed workers this week to explain how to apply for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

The proportion of UK small businesses predicting growth has plummeted from 39% to just 14% in the past three months, according to new research.

A new survey has found that one in ten Brits have plans to start their own business because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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