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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.

Creating a positive working environment with happy, motivated staff is not easy. Personalities can clash so people management skills are essential.

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Setting clear objectives and supporting learning in the workplace is a valuable investment. Here are our hints on planning for staff development.
It’s not always financially feasible to invest in external training for all your staff. Read or tips on how to train staff without a huge layout.
Training can turn an employee from mediocre to good, and make a good person excellent. How to get the best return from workplace training.
How you put together and lead work teams is critical if you want everyone to work together and produce results. Our guide to effective teambuilding.
Personal development plans are a useful way to help employees develop based on their long-term aspirations. Our guides to PDPs in the workplace.
Performance appraisals help employees take responsibility for their performance by setting agreed objectives. Read our guide to effective appraisals.
NVQs are work-based qualifications that focus on standards of performance. Read our factsheet on helping your employees get NVQ-qualified.
Employees can spend less than half their time at work being productive - and ironically the employer is usually at fault. Learn to motivate employees.
Incentive pay can be a good way to encourage employees, motivating them to work better for your business. Here's how to introduce a scheme.
Workplace policies can save you a lot of time and effort and can help avoid misunderstandings or more serious employee disputes.
Staff being away with illness can cost your company dearly in missed working time. Here are our tips for minimising absences.
Following the Investors in People standard helps you show how committed you are to developing your staff. Here’s how to get started.
Read our checklist on creating a workplace email policy, establishing security procedures and letting your employees know what's expected of them.
Read our tips on keeping your staff trained so they can carry out their jobs effectively and with a minimum of stress.
Badly planned and run meetings can be a real waste of company time. Read our tips on using your valuable meeting time efficiently.