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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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March 2022

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Analysis of Google search data has revealed a sharp increase in the number of people planning to start their own venture in 2022, compared to before the pandemic.

A rise in the National Insurance threshold, an increase in the employment allowance, new business rates relief and a cut in fuel duty won't be enough to protect UK small firms from the ravages of inflation say the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce.

Quarterly earnings for self-employed workers saw a dramatic increase in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to new data from freelancer body IPSE.

The Federation of Small Businesses has written to chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak ahead of what it calls a "turning point" Spring Statement next week, urging him to provide more support for UK small businesses.

New research published for International Women's Day has found that there's more work to do on gender equality in UK workplaces, as leading business groups call on the government to replace the term "chairman" with the gender-neutral "chair".

The COVID pandemic and soaring costs have not dented the ambition of the UK’s sole traders and small business owners, according to new research.

A new sustainability skills programme designed for UK small businesses has been launched by Small Business Britain and Oxford Brookes Business School.

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