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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.

Top tips from five National Business Awards finalists

Most people who start their own business do so with the aim of becoming a business success story - taking the world by storm and even winning an award or two for their innovative and amazing ideas and products.

The reality for most is that running your own company is a hard slog and the rewards can sometimes take years to materialise if not at all. However, for every business failure there is a business success story, so what makes some prosper, while others fail?

To find out we talked to five previous finalists from the prestigious National Business Awards to get their advice and to hear the secrets of their success.

This video features Shaun Pulfrey, founder of the hugely successful Tangle Teezer; Simon Duffy from Bulldog Skincare for Men; Simon La Fosse from La Fosse Associates; Emma Cerrone, the entrepreneur behind Free:Formers; and Shubber Raja - who co-founded MediLink Consulting.