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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.

Latest government announcements for workers and businesses

20 March 2020

Today, Friday 20 March, the government has announced an unprecedented package of measures aimed at supporting workers and businesses. The key points are below - we will update with more detail as soon as we can.

UPDATE (23 March): See our latest news story 'Massive support package aims to keep people in jobs' for all the details on the announcements below

  • Cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, theatres, cinemas and gyms have all been told they must close tonight and not re-open tomorrow. 
  • The government is setting up a coronavirus job retention scheme to protect people’ jobs and incomes.
  • Employers will be able to get a grant to cover up to 80% of wages for employees who are not working but are kept on the payroll, up to £2,500 per employee a month. This will be backdated from 1 March for three months.
  • The next quarter of VAT payments will be deferred for all businesses until the end of June.
  • Self-assessment income payments will be deferred and business interruption loans will be interest free for 12 months, rather than the six months previously announced.

 

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