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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.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

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Remember: employees are people, and need to feel their efforts are appreciated. The positive benefits of recognising and rewarding your staff.
More and more of us are choosing to work from home. How to create a workspace that's comfortable, welcoming and boosts productivity.
Firms that don't make allowances for the needs of employees risk missing out on promising talent. How to support diversity in the workplace.
Surveys suggest not many employees are actively engaged in the workplace. Turn this around in three simple steps, says Karen O'Donnell.
Small businesses don't have the time to chase debtors - and yet an unpaid invoice could cripple your cash flow. Four ways an agency could help.
Many leaders still hide their emotions at work. Ally Yates looks at the role of emotion in creating a positive, productive workplace environment.
Your career is very personal - one day, you'll want to look back and be happy with what you see. Make sure you're on the right path with these tips.
Running a business is stressful. But could laughter alleviate stress? Dan Murray, founder of the Secret Leaders podcast argues that it could.
Although there's a lot to think about when you start a business, poor communication could sink you before you get off the ground. Pitfalls to avoid.
Have you found your business voice? Presentation coach Simon de Cintra explores how to make sure your colleagues listen when you speak.
As a business owner you need to prevent workplace accidents - not least because the aftermath can be costly. How to prioritise workplace safety.
According to a new survey for International Women's Day, a quarter of UK women are ready to embrace entrepreneurship. So what's holding them back?
With snow hitting the UK, and possible travel disruption, Jane Crosby of law firm Hart Brown explains the legal rights of employees in bad weather.
How accurate is our ability to self-evaluate? Ally Yates looks at why we fool ourselves about our abilities at work - and how to get a grip.
Fed up being a cog in the machine? 2018 could be your year to start up alone. World Options have five reasons to consider taking the plunge.

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