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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.

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As many small businesses across the UK continue to struggle to appeal against big rises in their business rates, the Federation of Small Businesses has described the new system as a "total shambles".

High rates of employee absenteeism within small businesses are damaging profitability, according to new research.

Small businesses are increasingly concerned about the lack of funding options available to them in the run-up to Brexit.

New research shows that employees are increasingly unsure what is acceptable to wear to work as office dress codes become more relaxed.

One in five UK professionals has been discriminated against in an interview according to new research - and age is the biggest issue of all.

Two-thirds of UK workers say tiredness negatively affects their productivity at work, according to new research.

More transparency and greater respect for employees would improve the way people view the world of business according to a new report.

Businesses will no longer be able to charge customers a fee for paying by credit or debit card after January 2018.

The latest study of UK productivity has found that most workers admit to wasting at least an hour a day.

The UK's national economic development bank has increased its support for small businesses and has invested in more than 59,000 SMEs in the past year.

The Government has amended the timetable for the rollout of Making Tax Digital, giving UK small businesses more time to get ready for the changes.

The UK tax body HMRC has raised an additional £29 billion by cracking down on individuals and businesses who try to avoid paying the tax they owe - as well as improving its service to honest tax-payers.

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