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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.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

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Almost all workers are entitled to certain statutory and minimum pay rates. Check what rates of pay your employees are entitled to.
Setting clear objectives and supporting learning in the workplace is a valuable investment. Here are our hints on planning for staff development.
Using a consultant can be a great way to get a project rolling or to bring in expert help. We explain how to get the best from your consultant.
It’s not always financially feasible to invest in external training for all your staff. Read or tips on how to train staff without a huge layout.
If you take on employees, you will need to set up a payroll system to make sure you're fulfilling your legal obligations. Here's where to start.
Training can turn an employee from mediocre to good, and make a good person excellent. How to get the best return from workplace training.
If your employees want to file a grievance, there should be a fair and clear way to do this. Read our tips on setting up a grievance procedure.
How you put together and lead work teams is critical if you want everyone to work together and produce results. Our guide to effective teambuilding.
You need to have clear rules outlining what will happen if employees commit an offence in the workplace. Our checklist tells you what to include.
It's vitally important to make sure you hire the right person with the right skills to fill company needs. Read how to recruit successfully.
How to recruit effectively - our guide to understanding what you need, attracting candidates and assessing their skills, experience and attitude.
Personal development plans are a useful way to help employees develop based on their long-term aspirations. Our guides to PDPs in the workplace.
Performance appraisals help employees take responsibility for their performance by setting agreed objectives. Read our guide to effective appraisals.
NVQs are work-based qualifications that focus on standards of performance. Read our factsheet on helping your employees get NVQ-qualified.
Employees can spend less than half their time at work being productive - and ironically the employer is usually at fault. Learn to motivate employees.

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