Starting up



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.

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy



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

Contracts, disputes

Commercial premises law

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property



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



Planning your exit from your business

Exiting your business may be sad, but it doesn't need to be stressful. Our guide to planning in advance how you want to exit and who will succeed you.

Personal law