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.

Sector specific law

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy

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Cartels FAQs

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

Employment law

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Age discrimination FAQs

How to avoid illegal age discrimination in the workplace, including possible issues with both younger and older employees - read our helpful FAQs

Marketing and selling

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Distance selling and marketing FAQs

Distance selling rules 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

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Alternative dispute resolution FAQs

Agents and distributors can be a great way to market your products, however there are risks and it's important to have a proper agreement in place.

Commercial premises law

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Keep your web cookies legal


Keep your web cookies legal

To comply with web cookie laws, businesses are required to install a method of requesting user consent, or remove web cookies completely

Intellectual property

Online patent renewal service


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

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What is my business worth?

Establishing the value of your business is tricky. This guide looks at how to get an idea of what your business is worth and achieve the best sale price.