A set of step-by-step guides has been published by ACAS with the goal of helping small businesses succeed at the time they begin to employ staff. The following issues are covered in the guides: recruitment, settling in new employees, the contract of the new employee, dealing with staff absence, managing work complaints, and how to get the best from staff.

Furthermore, a guide on managing discipline has also been published by ACAS. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has released an updated toolkit to assist a new business when recruiting their first staff. The toolkit includes information on deciding on pay, checking if someone is entitled to work in the UK, getting employment insurance, employment contracts and taxation requirements.