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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.

Health and safety advice for new businesses

One of the most important things to consider when setting up your new business, whether it’s a retail outlet or a trade service, is health and safety. But don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be complex, just be sure to seek professional advice if ever you are unsure about your responsibilities

Take responsibility for health and safety

Legally you are obliged to decide exactly who will be responsible for health and safety in your business. Many bigger companies delegate this to an external consultant so that they can concentrate on other things. But, in many new businesses the owners usually accept this task themselves. You must ensure that you or your appointed person is competent to take charge of your health and safety.

Write a health and safety policy

As a start up, you are unlikely to need a written health and safety policy (a written policy in only required if you have five or more employees), but it wouldn’t hurt to have a written record of the risks you have identified and how they will be handled. No matter what type of business you run, your health and safety policy should describe how you will: 

  • prevent accidents and work-related ill health, and control risks arising from work activities;
  • provide adequate training for all your employees, ensuring they are competent;
  • discuss health and safety conditions with your staff, providing advice and supervision;
  • implement emergency procedures, such as emergency evacuation plans in case of fire.

Carry out a risk assessment

Every type of business will present a different set of risks and hazards that could affect its employees, visitors, customers and even those just passing by! For example, a member of the public passing by a window cleaner could be at risk from falling objects if the window cleaner hasn’t properly considered the risk and taken steps to reduce the likelihood of it occurring.

Of course, no one expects you to completely eradicate all risks and hazards. Many of them will be part and parcel of your new business – hazardous tools and electrical equipment are used in every trade and industry, from gardening to hairdressing and construction. But you must be aware of the risks they present and take reasonably practical steps to protect anyone to whom they could present a risk.

Health and safety training

As a new micro business, you’re unlikely to need to delegate the management of your health and safety to others. But, if you don’t have the required knowledge or experience to handle it – seek training with a professional and reputable organisation. The additional cost may seem unnecessary – but it will ensure that you fulfil your legal obligations and help keep you, your employees and your customers safe.

This post was written on behalf of Health & Safety Training Ltd

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