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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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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.
Our step-by step guide to inducting new employees into your business, providing everything they need and helping them feel settled.
In this video employers discuss the benefits of hiring an apprentice.
Find out how easy it is to hire an apprentice, the benefits of doing so and the level and funding you could receive.
Hiring an apprentice can be good for your business. This guide explains how to hire an apprentice and outlines the responsibilities for employers.
All employees are entitled to a written statement of employment setting out the main terms and conditions. Read these FAQs covering the essentials.
CVs play a key role in the recruitment process, by helping employers to assess someone's experience, key achievements and knowledge. Stacey Mead, HR Director at The HR Dept, explains what you should look out for.
Many small businesses do not have an in-house HR expert, but that's no reason to ignore the steps that will help you recruit a star performer.
Despite 300,000 people graduating each year, historically relatively few end up one of the nation's 4.8m small firms. But things are changing.
Successful SMEs are only as good as their people. But finding great staff is not always easy. We explain what you should look for.
Many small business owners are doing their own recruitment to save money. But wait! Could you be about to recruit the wrong person?
Employing a relative is quite different to recruiting someone else. There are some important tax and legal considerations which we explore here:
Getting the right person is not easy. No one likes being interviewed and sometimes it can go very wrong. Here are some tales from the interview room.
Our step-by-step guide to drawing up an employment contract, from thinking up the basic terms to include to agreeing and signing with your employee.
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.

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