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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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March 2019

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The number of high-growth businesses in the UK has increased to a record 36,510, according to a new study.

A Freedom of Information request sent to HMRC has revealed that only 4% of UK businesses mandated to join Making Tax Digital from 1 April have registered.

After a five-year "right of registration" reservation period, there are now less than three months to go before second level .uk domains become widely available.

A survey of private investors has found that 85% are actively looking to invest UK businesses in 2019, with healthcare and technology firms attracting the most interest.

Business groups say the latest case, involving TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, proves that HMRC's employment test tool CEST is not fit for purpose.

A new study of workplaces has found that being appreciated is significantly more important to employees than money.

Research into the effectiveness of the controversial IR35 employment status tool CEST has found that that half of users polled described it as "bad" or "very bad".

UK employment has reached an all-time high, wages are up and unemployment is at its lowest level since the 1970s.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that businesses that are "doing their best to comply" with Making Tax Digital will not be penalised if they inadvertently breach VAT filing or record-keeping rules in the first year.

The latest economic forecast by the British Chambers of Commerce predicts a weaker outlook for business investment and trade due to continued Brexit uncertainty and slower expected global economic growth.

Chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond has used the Spring Statement to warn of the economic consequences of leaving the EU without a deal.

A new SME Action Plan has been launched to unlock opportunities for smaller businesses to access government contracts.

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