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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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The government has unveiled the next steps for Making Tax Digital but self-employed workers are worried that it could make tax administration more complicated.

The latest poll by the Federation of Small Businesses has found a significant divide when it comes to small business confidence.

A digital retail tax intended to level the playing field between online retailers and high street stores would push up prices for consumers, the British Retail Consortium has warned.

Studies by business organisations suggest that SME confidence is rising but many firms still plan to make redundancies.

New research confirms that the coronavirus pandemic has caused a permanent shift in how people work.

TV advertising is still the biggest influencer of UK buying decisions, ahead of celebrity endorsements and online video ads.

HMRC estimates that the move could boost cash flow for self assessment customers by £11.8 billion.

Restaurants, cafes and bars can now sign up to the new government initiative aimed at encouraging people to safely return to eating out.

Growth prospects for small firms in the UK are looking bleak as business owners say cash flow problems, red tape and lack of funding are holding them back.

The chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, annoucned a number of measures to lift the economy of of the post-coronavirus slimp.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a raft of new measures designed to protect, support and create jobs, including a job retention bonus.

New figures show that Bounce Back loans worth more than £30 billion have been approved for small firms as the UK government announces a further £1.57 billion in funding for the arts sector.

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