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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.
3 April 2017
UK entrepreneurs, including innocent drinks founder Richard Reed, call on start ups to build businesses that make the world a better place
28 March 2017
Clear communication with your employees boosts productivity, raises morale and improves results. Five ways to improve your communication strategy.
13 March 2017
This infographic sums up seven things you should know about online lending
8 March 2017
The key to business success is working with others to drive change. Jean Gamester explains why start-ups must keep staff and supporters up to speed.
20 February 2017
If you run a business and take a limited salary or dividends it can be hard to qualify for a mortgage. But that is now changing says Pete Mugleston.
15 February 2017
How to win over your audience by connecting with them. Brilliant tips for your next speech or presentation by Dave Linehan of Toastmasters.
15 February 2017
Creating a positive culture in your start-up is about facing challenges, being flexible and responsive and allowing your intuition to guide you.
7 February 2017
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is essential for any online business. But if you are starting up, you need to get your SEO right from launch.
7 February 2017
Why it’s vital to answer every call - one in three small firms rely on voicemail and yet 69% of customers don’t leave messages and often go elsewhere.
7 February 2017
A new survey of UK SMEs shows that despite economic uncertainty and rising costs, small business owners are positive about the year ahead.

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