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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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UK exports reached £629.3 billion in the year to July 2018, according to the latest trade figures.

A new report is calling on the Government to reform the energy market to make it easier for small businesses to switch providers and access cheaper tariffs.

Over half of British workers polled in a new survey say they have problems sleeping because of stress at work.

Two new studies have highlighted ongoing challenges for businesses as consumer trust dwindles and brand loyalty becomes a thing of the past. 

The TUC has published a new report on the future of work which concludes that new technology could pave the way for shorter hours and higher pay for working Brits.

The Government is to introduce new measures to protect small businesses against unfair contracts that stop them raising money from unpaid invoices.

The Government has announced that self-employed people will continue paying Class II National Insurance Contributions (NICs), despite previously promising that the tax would be scrapped in April 2018.

A new report has found that many UK businesses do not have sufficient protection in the event of security breaches or data loss.

Business groups have criticised the Government's change of plans on delivering a pension dashboard for UK savers.

Half of the UK workforce will freelance by 2020 , according to a new report.

Countingup, the innovative accounting and banking app aimed at freelancers and small businesses, has raised £2.3m in seed funding.

No more commuting and freedom over schedules are two of the main factors driving the rise in home-working, according to a new study.