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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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A new study predicts that the four-hour working day will be the norm within 30 years as technology revolutionises the way we do business.

The UK's leading freelancer body has described the low levels of pensions saving by self-employed Brits as a "ticking time bomb".

Small businesses contributed £1.9 trillion to the UK economy this year, according to new Government figures.

The planning system in England is more "complex, costly and difficult" for business than it was five years ago, according to a new report from the British Chambers of Commerce.

Many employers are keen to reward staff with bonuses - especially at Christmas - but less than one in ten have taken advantage of Government rules that allow them to make tax-exempt awards.

Almost one third of office workers expect to log on to work and check emails on Christmas Day this year, according to a new survey.

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