Starting up

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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.

Business ownership and management

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FAQs

Family businesses FAQs

Advantages of using family members as employees and directors include high levels of commitment, sense of shared values, and a long-term perspective.

Finance and business strategy

Employment law

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FAQs

Disciplinary issues FAQs

Answers to frequently asked questions on disciplining employees, including grounds for disciplinary action and what to do in specific circumstances.

Marketing and selling

Contracts, disputes

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Article

A-Z glossary of key credit terms

Financial transactions can be full of jargon and technical language. Make sure you understand any credit agreement with this glossary.

Commercial premises law

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

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Article

Registering trade marks

If a trademark is to be registered, whether a word, logo, shape, sound or smell, it must be represented graphically on the application form

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.