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Setting up a business involves complying with a range of legal requirements. Find out which ones apply to you and your new enterprise.

While poor governance can bring serious legal consequences, the law can also protect business owners and managers and help to prevent conflict.

Whether you want to raise finance, join forces with someone else, buy or sell a business, it pays to be aware of the legal implications.

From pay, hours and time off to discipline, grievance and hiring and firing employees, find out about your legal responsibilities as an employer.

Marketing matters. Marketing drives sales for businesses of all sizes by ensuring that customers think of their brand when they want to buy.

Commercial disputes can prove time-consuming, stressful and expensive, but having robust legal agreements can help to prevent them from occurring.

Whether your business owns or rents premises, your legal liabilities can be substantial. Commercial property law is complex, but you can avoid common pitfalls.

With information and sound advice, living up to your legal responsibilities to safeguard your employees, customers and visitors need not be difficult or costly.

As information technology continues to evolve, legislation must also change. It affects everything from data protection and online selling to internet policies for employees.

Intellectual property (IP) isn't solely relevant to larger businesses or those involved in developing innovative new products: all products have IP.

Knowing how and when you plan to sell or relinquish control of your business can help you to make better decisions and achieve the best possible outcome.

From bereavement, wills, inheritance, separation and divorce to selling a house, personal injury and traffic offences, learn more about your personal legal rights.

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October 2018

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Retail sales growth has slowed in the year to October, after four consecutive months of growth during the summer.

The latest government data reveals that company insolvencies have increased in the third quarter of 2018.

New research has found that many UK small businesses have already moved to a new auto-enrolment pension provider in a search for better value for money.

Business groups have welcomed many of the measures in the Autumn Budget, applauding what the chancellor didn't do as well as what he did.

The Autumn Budget has brought some good news for small businesses and freelancers, as well as relief that new off payroll tax rules won't come in until 2020.

The latest Government figures show that the number of apprenticeship starts have continued to fall since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy.

A new study of freelancers has found that self-employed workers are mostly financially secure and happy in the present but are concerned about the future.

HMRC is urging UK taxpayers to avoid a last minute rush and complete their 2017-2018 self-assessment tax return early.

Small business owners have a crucial role to play in talking about mental health and helping to destigmatise it in the workplace, according to the Federation of Small Businesses.

Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday UK will take place on Saturday 1 December this year.

The number of young UK business directors has increased by over a third in the past year, according to the latest data.

A new survey has found that UK shoppers will spend an average of £90 each during this year's Black Friday retail sales event.