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.

Sector specific law

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy

Adding up financial figures

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Insolvency

If your company has debts it can't pay, it's insolvent. By understanding your options, you can take steps to improve the situation. Read our guide.

Employment law

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FAQs

Flexible working FAQs

FAQs about flexible working, including employee rights to request flexible working and your obligations when it comes to granting requests.

Marketing and selling

Contracts, disputes

Invoicing files in a cabinet - getting paid – trading terms.

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Getting paid - trading terms

Inadequate trading terms can you don't get paid. Minimise bad debts by setting out clear terms of trade and make customers are aware of them.

Commercial premises law

A businessman negtotiates his business lease

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Your options for getting out of a lease

If you want to get out of a lease, perhaps because you have found great new permises or you can no longer afford your existing property, but need to get out of your existing lease, what are your options? Know the barriers and how to overcome them.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Piracy is a crime

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Using software legally

Illegal software can carry viruses as well as leaving you open to prosecution. Make sure you stay within the law when you buy business software.

Intellectual property

How does copyright work?

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How does copyright work?

Copyright protects the creators of original text, artwork and films, and gives you control over the rights to copy, perform or broadcast your material

Exit strategies

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Valuing a business

The worth of a business is based on how much profit a buyer can make from it, and the potential risks. Read our guide to valuing your business.