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Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

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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.

Also in the news this week - 30 September 2016

30 September 2016

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Fear of failure is the main reason other people don't start their own business according to 71% of UK entrepreneurs polled by YouGov for Weebly. However, while 31% of business owners said that starting their business was the scariest thing they had ever done, most of those that have taken the plunge (55%) said starting a business is actually much easier than people think.

Why the daily commute is a waste of time

Commuting is a "waste of time" for 31% of those that travel to work, according to research by Regus. Despite mobile technology, almost one-third of commuters say they are unable to get anything productive done on their journey to and from work. According to the TUC, the average commuting time is now 55 minutes. Richard Morris, Regus UK ceo, said: "The stresses of the daily commute - particularly train travel - are well documented. The bigger question for British business is: why persist with the commuting model? Alternatives exist, and businesses of every size are investigating flexible work options."

No going back for self-employed

Four in ten self-employed people say there's nothing they miss about working for someone else according to a new survey by Markel. The three things most enjoyed by self-employed professionals are: being their own boss, freedom in their working life and being able to fit work around other commitments. The worst thing about being self-employed is uncertainty of income, with 35% of respondents saying money is their main worry, followed by job insecurity and lack of structure.

Disability still seen as barrier to career progression

More than a third (37%) of UK workers say disability is still a barrier to career progression, despite anti-discrimination legislation. A study by PMI Health Group found that 17% of respondents also said their employers don't make adequate provisions to accommodate their, or their colleagues', disabilities. "Companies have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments, where necessary, to ensure employees with disabilities are not disadvantaged in the workplace," said Mike Blake, PMI director. "In light of these findings, it would be advisable for businesses to ensure they are not falling foul of this legislation."

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