Starting up

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ARTICLE

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

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FAQS

Ownership issues FAQs

Shareholders have certain rights, usally attached to the class of shares that they hold in a company, as well as various obligations and liabilities.

Finance and business strategy

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FAQS

Financing a business FAQs

The most common ways of financing a business and their pitfalls; how to raise cash for expansion and what to do if you get into trouble.

Employment law

Marketing and selling

Contracts, disputes

Commercial premises law

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Renting premises

Most businesses rent their premises, either through a lease or a licence, as it's flexible and ties up minimal capital. Our guide to what to consider.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

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FAQS

Design right and registration FAQs

The difference between design right and registered designs, how much registration costs and what to do if someone claims the right to your design

Exit strategies

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What is my business worth?

Establishing the value of your business is tricky. Different valuation methods can give you an idea. This guide can help you work out a fair price.

Personal law