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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Becoming a PLC without a listing

It's a common misconception that to become a plc you have to float your company on the Stock Exchange. Discover how you can become a PLC too.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

A-Z glossary of key credit terms

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A-Z glossary of key credit terms

Financial transactions can be full of jargon and technical language. Make sure you understand any credit agreement with this glossary.

Contracts, disputes

Late payment interest calculator

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Late payment interest calculator

All businesses have the right to claim interest on late payments. This briefing explains your rights and the process for claiming interest.

Commercial premises law

Miniature house on a tablet - Online planning application tool

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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

Do I need a patent?

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Do I need a patent?

This guide will help you decide if a patent is right for your invention; the process by which patents are granted; and how to enforce your patent

Exit strategies

Creating a valuable business

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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.