Starting up

Setting up a business involves complying with a range of legal requirements. Find out which ones apply to you and your new enterprise.

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Buying a franchise

Buying a franchise allows you to set up a business using a tried and tested formula, and benefiting from the experience and support of the franchisor.

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Starting a business FAQs

If you start a business on your own, or with someone else, and don't form a company, you will be trading as a sole trader or in a partnership.

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Choosing a business name FAQs

Your business name can be a valuable asset you can include in your balance sheet, sell, mortgage to raise money or license to others.

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Forming a business

When forming your first business it pays to set it up correctly. Choosing the wrong business structure will expose you to unnecessary costs and risks

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Choose the right form of business

When setting up in business it’s essential to choose the right legal structure. It will take time and money if you decide to change it in the future.

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Business law and using a solicitor

Whatever commercial activity you are engaged in, from buying supplies to selling your product, you need to be aware of the legal issues involved.

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How to form a business

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