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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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September 2018

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Professionals in law and accountancy are not doing enough to relieve their own work-related stress, according to new research.

Despite the introduction of the Late Payment Directive, the issue of poor payment practices continues to persist across Europe.

New research has found that 69% of SMEs say they are unable to compete with large employers in recruiting the best candidates.

The value of the social enterprise sector has been "significantly underestimated" according to a new report.

Anyone submitting a self-assessment tax return for the first time will need to register by 5 October and complete their return by 31 January 2019.

An independent contractor has won her case to get holiday pay after IR35 tax rules forced her to work as an employee.

The bank is to lend £12 billion to UK small businesses in the coming year, up by £2 million since 2017.

More needs to be done to make businesses aware of their obligations under Making Tax Digital, according to a leading accountancy body.

Half of UK managers feel their gender or age has diminished colleagues' confidence in them, according to new research.

Two-thirds of UK small businesses that trade with the EU say a no-deal Brexit will have a negative effect on their ability to do business, according to new research.

National Start-up Day takes place at the British Library in London and at 17 city libraries across the UK on Thursday 20 September.

Freelancer body IPSE is urging the Government and the pensions industry to take steps to overcome what it calls "the pensions PR problem" in order to improve the retirement prospects of millions of self-employed people.