Set up a business

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

Set up a business
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Set up a business - overview

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules when you start up. Learn how to set up a business.

Setting up a limited company
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Setting up a limited company - overview

Registering a limited company is more complicated than registering as a sole trader but you get greater protection. Learn how to set up a limited company.

Business names
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Business names - overview

A good business name can be a powerful marketing tool. Discover how to choose a company name and how to register your business name.

Buy a franchise
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Buy a franchise - overview

Buying a franchise gives you a ready-made brand, with an established trade mark and successful format. Find out why it can be a winning format.

Small business support
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Small business support - overview

When you start your own business, you'll face tough challenges and decisions. We share some of the key sources of free and paid-for advice.

Buying a business
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Buying a business - overview

Buying a business can be less risky than starting one from scratch. Discover the pros, cons and potential pitfalls of buying a business.

Forming a business - checklist
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Forming a business - checklist

When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.

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Q&A: Displaying company names

You must display your company name at its registered office and at the place where it keeps its company records for inspection, says Andrew Millet.

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Q&A: Setting up a limited company

Andrew Millet of Wisteria Formations provides an introduction to the rules about forming a company and what 'incorporation' actually means.

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Q&A: Single-member companies

The register of members of a single-member company must contain an express statement to the effect that the company has only one member.

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Essential guide to 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.

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How and why I became a franchisee

Actress and singer Daniele Coombe owns the Exeter franchise for Monkey Music, for pre-schoolers. She explains how and why she became a franchisee.

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Q&A: Franchising agreements

Laura Clarke, associate solicitor at WBW Solicitors, answers key questions about franchise agreements and says the agreement needs to be in writing.

Buying a business
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Buying a business

Buying a business can be a big step forward, but there are pitfalls. Find out how to complete the purchase and check the real state of the business.

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Q&A: Buying a business

Buying a business can be less risky than starting one. If the business has customers, then it has income. But it will need upfront investment.

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How to set up an online store

Chris Barling is the author of The Insider's Guide to Ecommerce: 440 business insights for the ambitious online retailer. Here's an edited extract...

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Q&A: Social enterprises

Unlike even the most ethical of other start-ups, social enterprises have environmental or social values at the very core of everything they do.

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Q&A: Mentoring

Running your own small business can be lonely and it can be difficult to know what to do when faced with new challenges unless you have a mentor.