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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Shareholder agreements

Shareholders have relatively few, but important rights to intervene, principal amongst which is the right to appoint and remove directors.

Finance and business strategy

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Buying a business

Buying a business can be a big step forward, but there are pitfalls. Find out how to complete the purchase and check the real state of the business.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

Contracts, disputes

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Credit control

Credit control helps you optimise your cash flow and avoid late payment or non-payment. Read our guide to setting up a credit control system.

Commercial premises law

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

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Internet and email law

Communicating and selling online is subject to the same laws as 'traditional' business, and often brings added complications. Read our overview.

Intellectual property

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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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FAQs

Planning to sell your business FAQs

Planning your succession is key in obtaining maximum value from the business and to secure its long-term future. Find answers to the key questions.