Starting up

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Licence and permit finder tool

Use this GOV.UK licence finder tool to check whether your business requires any permits or licences in place in order to operate legally.

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy

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FAQs

Cartels FAQs

A cartel is an agreement betweeen businesses not to compete with each other for example on price or market sharing. Being part of a cartel is illegal.

Employment law

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FAQs

Sickness issues and SSP FAQs

Unsure how to handle employee sickness absence issues, or how much statutory sick pay (SSP) you may need to pay? Read our useful FAQs.

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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FAQs

Domain name disputes FAQs

Domain names are an important part of your brand and intellectual property. Proper protection can help you avoid a domain name dispute.

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

Intellectual property

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Online patent renewal service

Patents need to be renewed four years after they have been initially filed. You then need to renew it every year up to a maximum of 20 years

Exit strategies