Starting up

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Forming a business - checklist

When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy

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Obtaining venture capital

Venture capital firms provide financing in return for shares. Business angels do the same, but usually expect a higher degree of personal involvement.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

Contracts, disputes

Commercial premises law

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Renting premises

Most businesses rent their premises, either through a lease or a licence, as it's flexible and ties up minimal capital. Our guide to what to consider.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

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How does copyright work?

Copyright protects the creators of original text, artwork and films, and gives you control over the rights to copy, perform or broadcast your material

Exit strategies

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Planning your exit from your business

Exiting your business may be sad, but it doesn't need to be stressful. Our guide to planning in advance how you want to exit and who will succeed you.

Personal law