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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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April 2021

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The "always on" culture means that many employees work outside of their contracted hours or when they are ill, according to a new report on wellbeing at work.

New research has found that more people have turned to freelance work alongside their day jobs during the pandemic.

As the government announces ambitious climate change targets, a new poll has found that many businesses are not sure how to reduce their carbon footprint.

This year's Pitch competition promises to give 3,000 UK start-ups the tools they need to become investment ready.

Applicants for the fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant are to be given an individual application date by HMRC.

The latest government data shows that under-35s account for 80% of the jobs lost in the past year.

Analysis of Google search volumes has highlighted the extent to which businesses have embraced digital marketing and ecommerce as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Both the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chambers of Commerce are calling on the government to do more to support exporters as new trade figures show how far UK exports have fallen.

A new study has identified the UK cities where women have the best chance of starting a successful business.

A new survey has found that millions of Brits would rather carry on working from home even when the government says it's safe to go back into the workplace.

The new government-backed loan scheme promises to provide additional finance to businesses that need it throughout 2021.

Directors' optimism in the economy is at its highest level since just after the 2019 General Election, according to new data from the Institute of Directors.

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