Starting up

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

Female bookkeeper giving a man a blue folder with other folders already on the table

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Bookkeeper legal issues

The following is an outline of some of the legislation which may be relevant for a bookkeeper.

Business ownership and management

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Search the register of disqualified company directors

Search for disqualified company directors. Anyone who has a bankruptcy, a debt relief order or bankruptcy restrictions is banned from being the director of a company. You can search the bankruptcy and insolvency register to find out who has been banned.

Finance and business strategy

Insolvency

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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

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

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

UK patent search

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UK patent search

Search the online patents register to find information on UK patents, current patent applications and the status of granted patents

Exit strategies

Selling a business

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Selling a business

Selling your business can be difficult and stressful. This guide will help you find the right buyer, negotiate the sale and complete due diligence.