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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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Good communication is key if you want to help your staff feel fulfilled and do the best job possible. Read our list of points to consider.
This checklist will help you to set up, organise, motivate and support successful teams within your business.
Not sure how to support your employees' development with regular performance reviews? Our checklist tells you how to carry out an appraisal.
Staff being away with illness can cost your company dearly in missed working time. Here are our tips for minimising absences.
A code of conduct should spell out acceptable behaviour in your workplace, as well as giving you a reference should problems arise in the future.
Following the Investors in People standard helps you show how committed you are to developing your staff. Here’s how to get started.
Read our checklist on creating a workplace email policy, establishing security procedures and letting your employees know what's expected of them.
It’s not always financially feasible to invest in external training for all your staff. Read or tips on how to train staff without a huge layout.
Read our tips on keeping your staff trained so they can carry out their jobs effectively and with a minimum of stress.
Setting clear objectives and supporting learning in the workplace is a valuable investment. Here are our hints on planning for staff development.
The idea of a staff dress code might seem old-fashioned, but it's important to meet your customers' expectations whilst respecting employees' rights.
For small firms, the loss of a key staff member can be devastating - so what can you do to keep employees happy and loyal?
Keep participants to a minimum, ban electronics - and five more golden rules to help make your meetings short, snappy and productive.
Motivating staff is essential to the success of any small firm. But how do you motivate staff when money is tight and is money the biggest motivator?
They say that people don't leave the job, they leave the boss, which is true in many cases. So what do employers do to become known as a bad boss?