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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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Our review of the UK’s most popular project management packages to help you choose the right tools for your business.
**Updated 3 March. Businesses are putting staff on furlough leave using the Government furlough scheme. We answer questions on the Coronavirus Job Protection Scheme.
Legal checklist for start-ups explaining the legal issues you need to get right in order to start a business and comply with UK business law
UK businesses have to comply with auto-enrolment workplace pension laws. This step-by-step guide explains exactly what to do and when.
Need to carry out staff appraisals? Access employment templates including customisable staff appraisal forms.
It is important to manage sickness absence to prevent employees swinging the lead. Use this sample self-certification form to record sick leave.
Need to give your employees a performance review? Download staff appraisal and performance management templates.
Before an employee appraisal, find out what they think of their own performance, with this free downloadable employee self-assessment form template.
How to recruit effectively - our guide to understanding what you need, attracting candidates and assessing their skills, experience and attitude.
Advertise a vacancy on the GOV.UK website. Advertise jobs and search for jobseekers whose CVs match your needs. You will need to open an account.
Skilled interviewing is important to make sure you recruit the right person. How to interview candidates, and common mistakes to avoid.
Every business needs a variety of skills to be run effectively - use our checklist to find out how to make this happen.
Recruiting new staff will usually mean interviewing applicants. This checklist covers the basics of holding interviews.
You must check that every employee has the right to work in the UK. Penalties are up to £20,000 for each illegal worker and up to five years in prison.
Recruiting a graduate can give your business an influx of talent, enthusiasm and fresh ideas - our guide to attracting suitable candidates.

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