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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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January 2020

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The latest government figures show that the number of self-employed workers in the UK has risen to over five million.

A raft of employment reforms will include the new legal right to two weeks' paid leave for parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has advised the government to drop the salary threshold for immigrants to £25,600.

Small and medium-sized firms in the UK have accumulated £86 billion of cash and they are keeping it in current accounts that pay little or no interest.

Last year, almost 700,000 new firms were launched in the UK, a 2.8% rise compared to a year ago.

A new study has uncovered the universities with the highest number of entrepreneurs among their graduates.

A new online lead generation service aimed at UK tradespeople has been launched today by Get Work in partnership with Google.

Two new business surveys have highlighted the challenges facing UK firms but they also suggest there is light at the end of the Brexit tunnel.

The government has launched a review of the upcoming changes to off-payroll working rules but its scope is limited to ensuring a smooth transition when the new rules come into force in April.

A new survey by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that business owners are worried about sharing banking data electronically, despite the benefits.

New research from the Federation of Small Businesses has revealed the scale of challenges facing firms that use online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Facebook.

Top bosses starting work on Thursday 2 January only needed to work for three days (33 hours) in order to make same amount of money that the typical full-time employee earns in an entire year.