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Make sure you choose the right adviser

We are experienced in providing support and guidance to businesses of all sizes. Our corporate team is renowned for offering advice and support that is jargon-free with a focus on practical assistance. As a long-established business, offering professional advice, we have developed some excellent contacts that can assist any start-up business.

Make sure you plan

Whatever type of business you set up, you should take time to prepare a business plan. Read our guide below to gain some useful tips on this. While it may seem obvious, you should test the market for your product or service before starting a business. Like everything in life, preparation is the key to success and, if you do your homework properly, you will end up saving yourself a lot of time and money in the long run.

What form should your business take

From the legal perspective, you need to consider what form your business will take. Will you incorporate, will you operate as a sole trader or do you intend to enter into a partnership? Each business form is very different and you should take tax and legal advice on the most appropriate form.

Protect your brand

Choosing the right name for your business is one of the most important decisions you will make and a distinctive name and logo can give you a huge advantage for little cost.

Employing staff 

Employing staff can be one of the most challenging aspects of running a business. When it goes well, good staff can really make a difference to your business. However when it goes wrong, a bad member of staff can cause severe damage. Visit our employing staff section for more information.

Contracting with your customer 

No business would be successful if it did not have customers and contracting with your customers is one of the most important aspect of your business. We recognise that the this process must compliment the sales process, providing you with the protection you need and addressing your specific areas of risk.

Business Property

Your business location is often critical and securing the right property on the right terms is important. If it is a retail premises, why not take advantage of our retail shop package where we have developed documents specific to this type of business at a competitive price. For more information contact our commercial property team.

Best of luck 

Whatever type of business you are looking to start, we wish you the very best of luck. The team here admires the tenacity and courage of business owners and wishes to encourage that entrepreneurial spirit. If we can be of help in any way please feel free to contact us.

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