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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.

Check if a new employee has the right to work in the UK

You must check that every employee you employ has the right to work in the UK. The penalties for hiring illegal workers are considerable - up to five years in prison and up to £20,000 for each illegal worker, and an unlimited fine if you 'knowingly employed' the person.

An illegal worker is someone who is subject to immigration control, is aged over 16 and is not permited to do the work you want them to do. Illegal workers can include:

  • students with expired visas
  • people in the UK on a visitor visa

Although the UK has now left the EU, right to work checks continue in the same way until 30 June 2021. You can employ the following people without restriction:

  • British citizens
  • Commonwealth citizens with the right of abode
  • Nationals from European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland (including Romanian and Bulgarian nationals)
  • Family members of EEA and Swiss adults, providing the adult is lawfully residing in the UK
  • Nationals from the Common Travel Area

However, you should still check the right to work in the UK of any potential employee claiming the right to work under one of these categories.

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You can also find guidance on the documents you can check to prove someone's right to work in the UK on the GOV.UK website.

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