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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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February 2018

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One in three small online firms in the UK doesn't export, according to a new study by the Royal Mail.

New research into the health of the jobs market has found that permanent placements are up as employers shun short-term hiring.

Businesses and consumers are being reminded that the old £10 notes are due to expire this week and will no longer be accepted.

Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour would seek a comprehensive customs union with the EU after Brexit in a move that has been generally welcomed by business groups.

Multi-level marketing (MLM) opportunities aimed at mothers that want to work from home are being investigated as reports suggest they are little more than pyramid schemes.

Bigger workloads and operational inefficiencies are key causes of employee unhappiness according to new research.

Older male workers employed by micro-businesses in marketing, communications or advertising are happier at work than any other group, according to new research.

A new study has found that two-thirds of UK small firms are planning to dedicate more budget to marketing in 2018/2019, including social media, content and PR.

UK small firms are diversifying in their choice of finance but overall demand for external funding remains very weak.

UK small businesses have less legal issues to contend with, according to new research by the Legal Services Board.

January was a difficult month for retailers; it could be a sign of things to come according to the Office for National Statistics.

The average UK small business spends £5,000 and three working weeks every year on tax compliance, according to a new report from the Federation of Small Businesses. 

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