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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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October 2018

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A new poll of small business owners has found that female leaders are more resilient than their male counterparts when it comes to handling stress.

The Government has launched a pilot for a new online VAT service and is inviting more than half a million UK businesses and sole traders to try it ahead of the UK-wide launch in 2019.

The burden of paying for business expenses and claiming them back is taking its toll on staff in small businesses, according to a new report.

The Government is getting ready to introduce new tax rules that will affect many self-employed workers in the private sector, according to media reports.

A new survey of small businesses has found that the majority plan to spend more on marketing next year than they have in 2018.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is calling on Philip Hammond to make good on his claim that "the Conservative Party is, and always will be, the party of business" in his Autumn Budget.

Over half of UK employees say they would like their employers to help them with financial planning, according to new research.

New research released to mark World Mental Health Day has found that only half of UK employers have a mental health policy in place.

The volume of online cyber attacks on UK businesses has increased by 34% in the three months to the end of September.

Google is pulling the plug on Google+ for consumer users as it emerges that a bug in its software has caused serious data breaches.

Many small and medium-sized firms are failing to realise their potential according to a new report from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

The latest British Chambers of Commerce quarterly economic survey suggests that this year's annual economic growth could be the lowest since the financial crisis.

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