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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.

Hiring an apprentice

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that include on the job and off-site training for people aged 16 and over. Since 2010, there have been more than two million apprenticeships in England in more than 170 different industries.

An apprenticeship can take between one to five years to complete and come in levels from intermediate (equivalent of five GCSEs) up to master and bachelor degree level. You may qualify for help from the Government to pay for the apprenticeship training. The amount depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy.

In this video, Sue Husband, National Apprenticeship Service Director, discusses with Harry Simpson of Ginger Nut Media, Chris Saxby from Capgemini and Bobbi Dale of Spicer Haart how simple it is to hire an apprentice.