Business Essentials

Welcome to Business Essentials

Croner-i Business Essentials is a comprehensive information service for all those involved in running small to medium businesses. It provides expert, practical advice on best practice, legislation and regulatory compliance.  Covering a vast range of topics including employment issues, health and safety, and finance, with supporting forms, checklists, policies and news, it provides everything a business manager needs to guide them in their daily operations.  The service is supported by a team of experts who you can contact for extra advice and help.

To learn more or book a demo, you can speak to one of our experts: 0333 256 7701


Key Tools

Key Rates and Data

Statistics, payment rates, allowances, benefits, award rates and penalties.

Model Policies

A library of over 120 model policies on many different aspects of managing a business.


Employing People

Includes data protection provisions, absence, discipline and grievance, contracts of employment, pay and benefits, maternity rights, termination of employment, discrimination, flexible working and appraisals and recruitment.

Contracts of Employment

Employers’ duties regarding employment contracts and written statements of particulars.

Termination of Employment

Issues associated with different types of termination, including dismissal procedures, notice periods, conduct and performance issues, retirement and redundancy.

Workplace Safety

Includes fire safety, workplace equipment and environment, health and safety training and stress in the workplace.

Pay and Benefits

Including PAYE and income tax, Real Time Information, National Insurance, benefits, deductions from pay, attachment of earnings and Statutory Sick Pay.

Absence, Leave and Holiday Entitlement

Including sickness absence, maternity leave, holiday pay, fit notes, jury service, family leave and compassionate leave.

Recruitment and Selection

Including person specifications, job descriptions, interviewing, offers, record keeping, induction, disclosures, qualifications and the right to work in the UK.

Discrimination and Equality

Duties under Equality Act 2010, grounds on which discrimination is unlawful, various forms that discrimination can take and how to recognise and prevent it.

Data Protection Provisions

Duties under the GDPR and information on handling and processing personal data, employees’ rights of access, dealing with data loss and penalties for breaching GDPR.

Running the Business

Company Finance and Administration

Includes capital gains and corporation tax, VAT, accounting, PAYE, contracts, insurance, and asset and credit management.

Business Premises

Includes commercial leases, business rating, managing relocation, and rights over land

Business Technology

Includes e-commerce, email and internet, cyber security and protecting digital assets.

Starting Up

Includes buying a business, marketing and sources of finance.

Growing the Business

Includes copyright and designs, intellectual property, trademarks and marketing.

Environmental Issues

Includes energy saving measures, waste, WEEE, and recycling, reuse and recovery.


Training Presentations

Editable training presentations to help you deliver briefings to your staff.


Employer and employee explanatory factsheets for immediate, easy to access information,

Questions and Answers

Frequently asked questions and answers.

Reference Documents

Legislation Tracker

Upcoming and recently in force legislation affecting small businesses.

Forms and Letters

Over 400 practical forms and model letters including job descriptions, work records, training forms and risk assessments.