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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.


November 2017

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The gender pay gap in SME-dominated industries has fallen from 22% to 13% in the past decade - twice as fast as the national rate.

A new survey has found that London is still overwhelmingly viewed as Europe's start-up and innovation hub - both by Londoners and Europeans.

The number of mergers and acquisitions of young enterprises is at a record high according to data from the latest Barclays Entrepreneurs Index.

As new legislation requires companies to report their payment policies and practice, new research finds that late payment is still widespread.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has changed the rules governing the way that broadband speed claims can be advertised.

The new strategy is intended to "boost productivity, embrace technological change and increase the earning power of people across the UK".

Small business groups have welcomed chancellor Philip Hammond's Autumn Budget - most notably his reforms of the business rates system, his decision to freeze the VAT threshold and new investment in infrastructure.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has delivered what he has called a "balanced Budget" designed to support an "inclusive economy".

Small businesses, cafes and shops that don't take cards or contactless payments risk losing out on £2bn in the run up to Christmas according to new research.

With January's online self-assessment deadline fast approaching, HMRC has put together a programme of webinars to help self-employed people manage their tax reporting obligations.

A new survey has found that 57% of small businesses plan to employ more freelancers than permanent staff by 2020.

With fears that the VAT threshold could be lowered in this week's budget, the Federation of Small Businesses has warned that such a move would "drain small firms of time and money".

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