Starting up

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Article

Essential guide to 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.

Sector specific law

Business ownership and management

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Article

New director induction

New directors are likely to require some key information and training when they are first appointed, including on their role and responsibilities.

Finance and business strategy

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FAQs

Joint ventures FAQs

Different ways two or more businesses can work together, and the most important legal and other issues that need to be addressed.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

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FAQs

Trading online FAQs

When selling online to individuals you must provide certain information to them and ensure they agree to your terms and conditions.

Contracts, disputes

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Article

Overseas customers - getting paid

Selling to overseas customers can be good for growth, but the risk of non-payment is higher. Find out what steps you can take to ensure you get paid.

Commercial premises law

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FAQs

Rent reviews FAQs

Rent reviews are a mechanism for adjusting a tenant’s rent to the current market level. You negotiate a rent review with your landlord.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

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FAQs

Purchasing IT FAQs

How to go about purchasing hardware, software and IT systems for your business, licensing and what to do if your IT solution fails to work properly.

Intellectual property

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FAQs

Patenting your invention FAQs

What you need to know if you are considering patenting your invention, including why you should do it, using an agent and the costs involved

Exit strategies