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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.

Advertise a job

Advertise jobs on the GOV.UK website.

Advertise your vacancies and search for jobseekers whose CVs match your needs.

As well as advertising on one or more of the many national, local and sector-based job boards, you can advertise jobs for no cost using the GOV.UK website's 'Find a job' service.

The service has been designed to help you find and employ the most suitable jobseekers for potential jobs. You can post jobs, review CVs and get updates on jobseekers who match your requirements. To access the service, you will need a company Government Gateway account.

Before advertising your vacancy, you need to be sure you get the right skills and person for the post. A considered job description will help you get it right first time.

If you are employing people for the first time, see the Recruiting Staff toolkit to make sure you get all your terms and conditions right.

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