Starting up

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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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Directors' responsibilities

Company directors have wide powers to help them promote the success of their business - and face strict penalties if they abuse them. Our overview.

Finance and business strategy

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Obtaining venture capital

Venture capital firms provide financing in return for shares. Business angels do the same, but usually expect a higher degree of personal involvement.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

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Distance selling and marketing FAQs

Distance selling regulations apply to the sale of goods and services where there has been no face-to-face contact between the customer and your business.

Contracts, disputes

Commercial premises law

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Rent reviews and rating assessments

Rent reviews and business rates revaluations can cost you money. How to judge whether an increase is reasonable, and how to challenge an increase.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

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Design right and registration FAQs

The difference between design right and registered designs, how much registration costs and what to do if someone claims the right to your design

Exit strategies

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What is my business worth?

Establishing the value of your business is tricky. Different valuation methods can give you an idea. This guide can help you work out a fair price.

Personal law