Starting up

Forming a business - checklist


Forming a business - checklist

When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.

Sector specific law

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy

Businesswoman reading letter looking troubled


Insolvency FAQs

Frequently asked questions about insolvency, including how you can reduce the risks and what to do if you or your business becomes insolvent

Employment law

Female employer in a blue shirt say at a desk while hiring staff


Hiring staff toolkit

This toolkit from Acas includes skills guidance, job application and employment contract templates and an employee induction checklist.

Marketing and selling

Shipping crane at docks - Apply online for an export licence


Export licence application

Apply online for a Standard Individual Export Licence, and find out more information on when you need to apply and the documentation you will need.

Contracts, disputes

Commercial premises law

Miniature house on a tablet - Online planning application tool


Online planning application tool

Most planning applications are submitted online. Use the tool on the Planning Portal website to apply to every local authority in England and Wales.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

Exit strategies

Creating a valuable business


Creating a valuable business

Creating a valuable business means taking strategic decisions that have a lasting, positive effect. Our guide to creating and protecting value.