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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.

Employees are protected by a wide range of employment rights. This overview will help you understand the key regulations and avoid expensive mistakes.

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Almost all workers are entitled to certain statutory and minimum pay rates. Check what rates of pay your employees are entitled to.
Almost all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service have the right to ask for flexible working. Advice on how to consider flexible working requests.
Businesses lose a lot of money through employee sickness. Read our guide to your obligations to ill employees and how to manage unauthorised absence.
Our overview of maternity, paternity, adoption and parental rights, including leave surrounding a birth or adoption, pay and time off for child care.
Regulations covering wages and statutory pay apply to almost every business. Our guide to minimum and living wage, pay for new parents and sick pay.
Top 20 employment facts you need to know to make sure your policies and procedures comply with the law.
Working parents are entitled to time off to care for their children. This Acas guide for employers explains the rules.
Find out the limits on the number of hours employees can work per week and the minimum amount of paid holiday and rest breaks they are entitled to.
UK businesses have to comply with auto-enrolment workplace pension laws. This step-by-step guide explains exactly what to do and when.
You must pay your workers in accordance with the law and with their contracts of employment. This Acas guidance can help you get it right.
All employees with 26 weeks' service are entitled to request flexible working. But will it be small-business owners who are left carrying the cost?