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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.

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August 2017

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Now in its 14th year, Small Business Advice Week returns in September and promises to help SMEs maximise growth and productivity.

Co-operatives could save up to £10,000 a year thanks to new Government proposals requiring fewer of them to appoint an auditor.

Office fixers – who sort out everything from travel to technology - are worth £525 million to UK small businesses, according to new research.

Around four in every five businesses have seen their costs increase this year through changes in employment legislation, according to new research.

Business groups and MPs from all parties have raised concerns about a new interpretation of business rates rules that has created additional bills for many UK small businesses.

Public sector organisations have spent £1.2bn with small and medium-sized businesses on cloud and digital services in the past five years via the Government's Digital Marketplace.

According to data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (by self-storage company Space Station), items worth more than £184m were stolen from businesses across the UK between 2013 and 2016.

More than 13,000 of the UK’s lowest-paid employees will receive back pay as part of the government’s scheme to name and shame employers who don't pay the minimum wage.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found small businesses “still fighting an uphill battle” to become suppliers to the public sector.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned of the consequences of Barclay’s plans to close a further 54 of its bank branches by the end of the year.

Research by CV-Library suggests that almost a quarter (22.5%) of UK workers don’t believe they are trusted by their employers, with more than a third of UK workplaces also having “ridiculous rules in place”.

The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is advising UK SMEs to prepare for tough times, following recently published data showing that the UK’s total trade deficit widened by £2bn between May and June 2017.

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