Starting up

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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.

Sector specific law

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Builder legal issues

The following is an outline of some of the legislation which may be relevant for a builder.

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy

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Cartels FAQs

A cartel is an agreement betweeen businesses not to compete with each other or sharing out a market. Being part of a cartel is illegal.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

Consumer credit FAQs


Consumer credit FAQs

How to get a licence to offer credit to consumers and businesses, drawing up a credit agreement and the costs and implications involved.

Contracts, disputes

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Alternative dispute resolution FAQs

Agents and distributors can be a great way to market your products, however there are risks and it's important to have a proper agreement in place.

Commercial premises law

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

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Online patent renewal service

Patents need to be renewed four years after they have been initially filed. You then need to renew it every year up to a maximum of 20 years

Exit strategies

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What is my business worth?

Establishing the value of your business is tricky. This guide looks at how to get an idea of what your business is worth and achieve the best sale price.