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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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July 2018

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New research has found that many SME leaders are "close to reaching boiling point" at work.

Nearly one and a half million sole traders across the UK were unable to take any days as annual leave in the past 12 months, according to new research.

A new investigation into the views of self-employed people has found that job satisfaction for freelancers is not all about money.

The number of individual retail insolvencies has reached its highest quarterly level for six years.

Retail sales growth expanded at a healthy pace in the year to July, albeit at a slightly slower rate than in the previous month, according to the latest monthly CBI Distributive Trades Survey.

Almost a quarter of millennials say they will never be able to afford to retire, according to a new survey.

The vast majority of UK businesses believe the cost of complying with the UK tax system has escalated over recent years, according to new research.

The Office of Tax Simplification has put forward new suggestions for taxing self-employed platform and gig workers.

The Government has published guidance on forthcoming changes to digital record-keeping and VAT return requirements.

The proportion of Government spending that went to SME contractors has dropped for the second year in a row.

The latest labour market statistics show that the number of self-employed people in the UK has remained stable at 4.8 million.

Eight retail gurus have been appointed by the Government to assess the state of UK high streets and advise on how to bring them back to health.

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