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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.


December 2017

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The number of employment tribunal claims in England and Wales went up significantly in the three months after fees were abolished in July this year.

A poll of UK companies has found that 58% of SMEs are expecting to take on additional staff next year but there is concern about the UK's labour market in the long term.

A review of workplace pensions by the Department for Work and Pensions has found that auto-enrolment "has worked" and "the financial behaviour of millions of people has changed".

Many UK small firms continue to be held back by slow broadband speeds and poor mobile phone coverage, according to the latest research by Ofcom.

A new report highlights the difficulties facing the lowest paid and most insecure self-employed workers in the UK.

Seven in ten Brits say that they go to work just to pay the bills and one third of workers say they are unhappy in their jobs.

New research for HMRC has found that 70% of businesses are still unaware of the forthcoming roll-out of Making Tax Digital (MTD).

With skills shortages raising the prospect of increased staff turnover, new research suggests that many employees are content to stay where they are.

The Federation of Small Businesses has warned that UK productivity growth will continue to stall unless action is taken to tackle the digital skills deficit in small businesses. 

Two surveys by the Institute of Directors reveal that founders of young companies are feeling much more confident about their prospects than directors at more established businesses.

Four out of five freelancers and micro-business owners admit that they have worked through an illness rather than taking time off.

The health of small businesses in the UK is at its lowest level in three years, according to the latest SME Health Check Index.

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