Starting up

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Buying a franchise

Franchising allows you to set up a business following a proven formula - although you'll be subject to restrictions. Our guide to franchising.

Business ownership and management

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FAQS

Ownership issues FAQs

Shareholders have certain rights, usally attached to the class of shares that they hold in a company, as well as various obligations and liabilities.

Finance and business strategy

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FAQS

Financing a business FAQs

The most common ways of financing a business and their pitfalls; how to raise cash for expansion and what to do if you get into trouble.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

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FAQS

Labelling and packaging FAQs

You must display certain information on product labelling, including safety information for dangerous items. Packaging must meet legal requirements.

Contracts, disputes

Commercial premises law

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Property licences

Moving into licensed property is easier, quicker and cheaper than taking on a lease or buying a freehold property. Our overview of premises licences.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

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FAQS

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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ARTICLE

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