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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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July 2019

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Three new surveys of British workers have focused on the different ways that work can affect employee happiness - from age discrimination to poor leadership.

Two-fifths of SMEs believe the UK legal system only works for big businesses and those that can afford it, according to the results of a new study.

The latest Quarterly Recruitment Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce has found that recruitment intentions strengthened in the second quarter of 2019.

Only one in four female small business owners will be having a two-week holiday this summer according to the results of a new survey.

Workplace pensions, the national living wage, national insurance contributions and the apprenticeship levy are creating a cost burden that is difficult for many small firms to cope with, according to new research.

Millions of flexible workers in sectors such as retail and hospitality will benefit from new rights under proposed government reforms.

A survey of UK employees has investigated when different workers feel most productive and have their best ideas.

Businesses with an annual turnover above £85,000 are being urged by HM Revenue and Customs to sign up to Making Tax Digital before the 7 August VAT filing date.

If passed, the draft Finance Bill will cement changes to the off-payroll working rules but business groups have warned that their effects could be devastating.

Over half of UK businesses with staff from outside the UK would be negatively impacted by government proposals for the UK's future immigration system, according to new research.

A new survey of freelancers and contractors has found that two key issues - Brexit and IR35 tax reforms - are prompting many self-employed workers to rethink their futures.

Three in ten SME employees will work at least once a day during their summer holiday, according to new research.

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