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

Business ownership and management

Man and a woman stood at the front of a family dry-cleaning business

FAQs

Family businesses FAQs

Advantages of using family members as employees and directors include high levels of commitment, sense of shared values, and a long-term perspective.

Finance and business strategy

A private company owner checking details and discussing the business

Article

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

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.