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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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Great employees are the backbone of every business. Benjamin Dyer looks at how to find the right people - and how to keep them on board.
Make sure you’re not just paying lip service to employee health and happiness. Why you need to take staff wellbeing seriously - and how to do it.
Great workplaces offer an inclusive culture, opportunities for growth and a healthy work-life balance. Why flexible working is so appealing for staff.
Although mental health awareness in the workplace has improved, there is still a long way to go. Three signs that an employee may be suffering.
Investing time and effort in communicating with your employees, and finding out what makes them tick, can pay big dividends. Seven steps to follow.
Personal debt levels are at a record high in the UK, and the stress can have a huge impact on employee wellbeing. How to offer a helping hand.
It's only natural for staff to flag on a Friday - but if they're turning up on Monday looking lacklustre, you have a problem. Here's what to do.
UK businesses have plenty on their plates at the moment - but boosting productivity doesn't need to be taxing. Three simple steps to get you started.
Remember: employees are people, and need to feel their efforts are appreciated. The positive benefits of recognising and rewarding your staff.
More and more of us are choosing to work from home. How to create a workspace that's comfortable, welcoming and boosts productivity.
Small businesses don't have the time to chase debtors - and yet an unpaid invoice could cripple your cash flow. Four ways an agency could help.
With snow hitting the UK, and possible travel disruption, Jane Crosby of law firm Hart Brown explains the legal rights of employees in bad weather.
Fed up being a cog in the machine? 2018 could be your year to start up alone. World Options have five reasons to consider taking the plunge.
Your employees are more than just a job title. How to motivate your people with rewards, team-building, recognition and career development.
Switching off on holiday is hard but it's necessary for your wellbeing. Kate Cooper reveals how to ensure you and your staff take a proper break.