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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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Engineering companies in the UK are potentially missing out on over £10 billion of R&D funding each year, according to new research.

The New Enterprise Allowance, a fund for jobseekers with a business idea, has helped launch nearly 20,000 businesses since 2017.

A new survey has found that one-third of self-employed workers have already been adversely affected by Brexit and 27% say they expect to lose business when IR35 changes are implemented in 2020.

Almost 90% of SMEs are not insured for cyber-crime despite recognising it as the biggest threat to their business, a new study has found. 

With the Budget scheduled for 6 November, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called for "radical business rates reform" in its Budget submission.

New research finds that Leicester, Bristol and Sheffield top the charts as the most successful cities for tradespeople.

Business groups representing freelancers and small firms have welcomed some of the key proposals in the Queen's Speech - including pension dashboards for the self-employed.

A poll of professionals has found that too much pressure at work is leading to high levels of stress for many employees.

New research has found that two in five small business owners are taking legal action against customers that haven't paid them on time.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking the government to do more to support struggling small firms by giving them export vouchers.

Government figures show that labour productivity has fallen at the fastest rate for five years in the second quarter of 2019.

Two-thirds of women believe they are contributing to the gender pay gap according to a new report.

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