Skip to main content
Guiding you to a better future


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.

One in two commuters considering cycling to work

16 June 2020

New research has found that over half of UK employees are considering cycling to work, with two-thirds saying they want to avoid having to use "unsafe" public transport. polled over 2,000 Brits to find out how they are planning to travel to work as lockdown measures are eased. The findings show that 53% of employees living in cities are now considering cycling to work. Safety, money and health were all cited as reasons to start commuting by bike.

Of those interested in cycling, 64% said they wanted to avoid "unsafe" public transport. Current government advice is to "consider all other forms of transport before using public transport" to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

In addition, 21% of respondents said they wanted to save money and 14% wanted to improve their fitness. On average, a commuter will save £1,700 over three years by cycling to work if they were to purchase a new hybrid bike and invest in annual bike maintenance and accessories. 

In fact, 42% of the UK population already own or have access to a bicycle, yet only 4% currently cycle to work. OnBuy saw a 300% rise in traffic to its bike accessories category in May compared to April.

However, the findings also revealed that awareness of the government's Cycle to work scheme is low. The survey found that 62% of those polled hadn't heard of the scheme at all. Only 7% of employers said they were considering using it when asked, while more than half (51%) said the scheme was too confusing to implement. When asked about employees taking public transport to work, a quarter of employers (23%) said they would be asking staff to find alternatives where possible.

Cas Paton, founder and CEO of OnBuy, said: "While the government is making an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus on buses and trains with things like the cycling scheme, businesses are clearly confused by their role in helping employees get to work safely, and the government support available to help them do so.

"Cycling to work will not only have the immediate benefit of slowing the spread of coronavirus, but it can also save commuters money, improve fitness and help reduce our carbon footprint. It's great to see so many people who have the option to cycle are now considering it."

Written by Rachel Miller.

Stay up-to-date with business advice and news

Sign up to this lively and colourful newsletter for new and more established small businesses.

Contact us

Make an enquiry