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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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March 2021

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The government has opened a consultation on the idea of replacing annual self-assessment tax returns with a rolling in-year tax payment system for businesses and the self-employed.

One in five small businesses say they have changed their recruitment plans as a result of the successful vaccine rollout and now plan to take on more staff.

A year after the first lockdown, new research shows how the pandemic has left many UK freelancers and small business owners struggling.

A survey of UK professionals has shed new light on why Brits leave their jobs and what persuades them to take new ones.

There has been a 16% uplift in mobile traffic in the past year, according to analysis of 20 billion web sessions.

The government is asking businesses to make sure their employees take COVID-19 tests on a regular basis to prevent the spread of the virus.

The fourth SEISS grant will be open to those who became self-employed in the tax year 2019 to 2020 but there will be extra hoops to jump through for some.

A new survey of freelancers has found that 50% plan to stop contracting in the UK after changes to off-payroll tax rules come into effect in April - unless they can get contracts unaffected by the changes.

The fund is intended to help smaller businesses adapt to new trade rules with the EU; however, the latest data shows that UK trade with the EU has already fallen dramatically since the UK left the EU at the end of January this year.

A new survey by Small Business Britain has found that almost one-fifth of women are thinking about starting their own business.

Half of UK employers don't have a financial wellbeing policy, despite the financial impact of COVID-19 on employees.

In spite of the coronavirus pandemic, 468,371 businesses were registered in the UK in 2020 according to data from Companies House.