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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.


March 2018

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One in five 18-24 year-olds say they have rejected a potential employer because they were put off by the state of the premises, according to new research.

A quarter of small UK retailers expect to see an increase in sales over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Confidence among UK small firms is rising according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

A new study has found that busy start-up owners are devoting less than a day per month to market their business.

After several years of rises, the latest labour market statistics show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has fallen by 22,000 in the past year.

Uptake of shared parental leave has been slow since it was introduced but new research suggests that attitudes could be changing.

My friend has offered me the chance to start my own business selling beauty products. It's cheap to get started - should I go for it?

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Bristol businesses - could you volunteer your time and expertise to help an aspiring entrepreneur through the tricky start-up stage?

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Most small businesses now have a social media policy in place but new research finds that there is a significant difference between what managers expect and what employees actually do.

Kitchin Table allows business women to turn their homes into female co-working spaces and build relationships with other entrepreneurs.

The British Chambers of Commerce is lobbying for better mobile phone coverage across the UK as part of its new campaign, No More Not Spots.

A new report reveals that the recent growth in self-employment has been driven by highly skilled freelancers not the gig economy.

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