We're here with practical information for your business. Learn about business planning, running a business and more.

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.

If you are taking on a new employee, you cannot afford to make mistakes. Save time and money with these readymade employment contracts and templates.
Setting clear objectives and supporting learning in the workplace is a valuable investment. Here are our hints on planning for staff development.
Using a consultant can be a great way to get a project rolling or to bring in expert help. We explain how to get the best from your consultant.
If you take on employees, you will need to set up a payroll system to make sure you're fulfilling your legal obligations. Here's where to start.
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.
You need to have clear rules outlining what will happen if employees commit an offence in the workplace. Our checklist tells you what to include.
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.
How to recruit effectively - our guide to understanding what you need, attracting candidates and assessing their skills, experience and attitude.
Almost all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service have the right to ask for flexible working. Advice on how to consider flexible working requests.
Businesses lose a lot of money through employee sickness. Read our guide to your obligations to ill employees and how to manage unauthorised absence.
Our overview of maternity, paternity, adoption and parental rights, including leave surrounding a birth or adoption, pay and time off for child care.
Regulations covering wages and statutory pay apply to almost every business. Our guide to minimum and living wage, pay for new parents and sick pay.
Staff being away with illness can cost your company dearly in missed working time. Here are our tips for minimising absences.
Our step-by step guide to inducting new employees into your business, providing everything they need and helping them feel settled.
Read our checklist on creating a workplace email policy, establishing security procedures and letting your employees know what's expected of them.

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