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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Starting up - overview

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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FAQS

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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Buying a franchise

Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.

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Forming a business

When you set up your business, it pays to get the legal structure right from the start. Read our guide to your options and what you need to consider.

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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.

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Licence and permit finder tool

Use this GOV.UK licence finder tool to check whether your business requires any permits or licences in place in order to operate legally.