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

Finance and business strategy

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Obtaining venture capital

Venture capital firms provide financing in return for shares. Business angels do the same, but usually expect a higher degree of personal involvement.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

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Distance selling - what the law says

If your business sells to individuals or businesses without meeting them face to face, you must comply with consumer protection regulations.

Contracts, disputes

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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

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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

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How does copyright work?

Copyright protects the creators of original text, artwork and films, and gives you control over the rights to copy, perform or broadcast your material

Exit strategies

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Valuing a business

The worth of a business is based on how much profit a buyer can make from it, and the potential risks. Read our guide to valuing your business.