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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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November 2019

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has warned millions of tax-payers to watch out for fraudsters in the run up to the 31 January self-assessment deadline.

A new survey has found that more than four in ten employers say they need help implementing flexible working as the demand for flexible hours rises.

The six-month decline in UK retail sales ended in November, according to the latest quarterly CBI Distributive Trends survey.

Three-quarters of British workers say they'd be happy to work alongside robotic technology if it meant they could reduce manual processes.

Boris Johnson has told the CBI conference this week that a proposed corporation tax cut would be postponed under a Conservative government and the money saved would be spent on the NHS.

A new global business survey has found that UK small firms are the least likely to invest during the remainder of 2019 as the threat of a UK recession in 2020 looms.

More than a third of UK workers have thought about quitting their job due to stress and millions of working days are lost to mental health-related issues every year.

Many older workers are joining the ranks of the self-employed and are benefitting from that decision, according to new research.

Research conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that optimism among the UK's self-employed workers is in negative territory for fifth straight quarter.

New research shows that adverse credit is affecting many limited company and self-employed mortgage applications.

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) has launched its manifesto ahead of the general election, calling for new policies to support the UK's five million freelancers.

Rural businesses across the UK will benefit from £35 million in government funding to create new jobs, boost tourism and unlock growth in rural areas.

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