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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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December 2019

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The government's acceptance of the Low Pay Commission's 2019 recommendations means that the NLW will reach the target of 60% of median earnings in April 2020.

New research has found that half of UK employees fear they're in the wrong job; while a survey of freelancers has found many are lonely and stressed. 

Business groups welcomed the Conservative party pledge, made just before the election, to review the upcoming IR35 changes. But will Boris Johnson keep his promise?

As 2019 draws to a close, the latest government statistics show that the total number of businesses in the UK has risen to 5.9 million.

New research has found that many UK shoppers don't put their money where their mouth is when it comes to supporting small firms and independent shops.

A new report has revealed that late payment waits for small businesses have doubled in the past year.

A new survey of freelancers has found that confidence is low but freelancers have "gone into overdrive" in recent months to prepare for Brexit and IR35.

Coconut, the accounting app designed for self-employed people and small firms, has integrated Open Banking into its offering.

In the past six months there has been a significant rise in the number of small business owners saying that market uncertainty is hampering their growth plans.

Some tax payers can pay their self-assessment tax bill via the PAYE code adjustment but the deadline for this is fast approaching.

Confused about who is promising what in the election? Here's our guide to the manifesto pledges from all the major parties, focusing on the big issues facing small business owners and self-employed workers.

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