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Our General Counsel

Our General Counsel is an innovative legal support services provider. We offer flexible, tailored solutions to suit different businesses. We speak the language of small and medium businesses: uncomplicated, simple and jargon free.

We try to avoid the legalease and make our contracts as simple and easy to understand as possible. We are keen to encourage small and medium businesses to ensure that they get the right legal documents when setting up a new business and website.

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Legal Issues to Consider Starting a Business

Go to guide to starting a business

There’s no doubt that starting your first venture can be an exciting, albeit daunting, experience. Being your own boss has many advantages. However, it is easy to get carried away with ideas for your new product or service and forget about the basics. You must have the right processes and contracts in place to protect your idea and you must be able to finance your venture as it grows, particularly if you are going it alone.

For a full guide on starting your business click HERE

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Staffing solutions for growing businesses: Unitemps

Unitemps is a recruitment service based within Canterbury Christ Church University. This university based network gives Unitemps access to a large number of high-calibre candidates from the student population, as well as graduates and skilled workers from the wider community.

Since February 2015, Unitemps has provided a comprehensive staffing service to university departments hiring temporary staff. As part of our commitment to positive client experience, we minimise administration using advanced online systems and efficient processes. Our solutions include temporary, permanent, full and part-time, ad hoc and flexible, internships and more. From one-hour shifts to full-time work, we have the network and truly unique candidate base to fill assignments with suitable individuals.

We can provide skilled candidates that are ambitious and ready to make an impact within a business. Our proven systems help streamline the recruitment process on your behalf; handling everything from job adverts and applications to online timesheets, payroll and legislative compliance.

Unitemps combines a ‘student welfare’ ethos with efficient systems and a professional approach. All of our operating profits are reinvested into student employability projects and campus facilities. Therefore, choosing Unitemps means that not only do you gain access to outstanding candidates and benefit from the experience of service-based consultants, but you contribute to the local community and help educate the workforce of tomorrow.

This responsible community approach has helped us successfully place candidates with employers and we hope the approach will bring us more success in the future. With an excellent university reputation, we employ experienced recruiters that are driven by providing our clients with excellent service and finding suitable candidates to work in any environment.

We provide a consultancy service to offer the best recruitment solutions to you and we offer a diverse candidate pool of intelligent, reliable and motivated temporary workers that are keen to make an impact. Our skilled pool of candidates ensures continuity of temporary workers, which will help to reduce business costs.

Subsequently, this will increase our own productivity, hopefully leading to a larger pool of better skilled and more varied temporary workers. We also have competitive and negotiable rates for external organisations, so whether you are looking to advertise a role with us, or use our payroll service to recruit a candidate, please contact our Canterbury branch on 01227 782 204. Alternatively, you can email our branch on unitemps@canterbury.ac.uk.

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Canterbury HR

Canterbury HR provides advice and support to business on all aspects of employing staff.

Ensuring you comply with employment law isn’t easy, but we can assist throughout the process of hiring, managing staff and ending employment contracts. We can also help you maximise the potential of your staff with simple and effective techniques and, when conflicts arise at work, we can help you resolve them.

For new start-ups I can offer reduced cost support for the first year to help to get you going with your new staff.

Please call 07951 538757, email rachel@canterburyhr.com or visit our website http://canterburyhr.com/

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Information website focused on the needs of small businesses, offering support on a wide range of matters including human resources to marketing.

For more information visit: http://www.smallbusiness.co.uk/

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Gardner Croft

Your Canterbury Law Firm

Starting a business can be exciting! Turning your idea, new angle or opportunity into an effective business can result in a profitable venture but also can risk your capital.

We have advised start-ups for years on balancing these rewards and risks. We advise you on:

Ring-Fencing Risk

Avoiding bankruptcy… why not use a limited liability company as a vehicle for the venture? Generally only the assets belonging to the Company are at risk and not your house!

Rewarding Partners

Setting out clearly how people are rewarded in the venture… for their cash, time or know-how. Shareholders Agreements and Employment Contracts can be tailored to cover this.

Avoiding Risk

Why sign a Lease or loan guarantee in your own name? Is there another way round taking on this personal liability. Effective Terms and Conditions with customers can potentially protect you from a claim. Are you liable for loss of a customer’s profit if your delivery is late? Use provisions to exclude events like bad weather/ server failure/ strikes etc.

Tax efficiency 

In conjunction with your accountant try and reduce your tax liability. We offer an initial half and hour free meeting / free newsletters on change in the law for businesses/ free seminars.

To contact Gardner Croft please call 01227 813400 or visit: http://gardnercroft.co.uk/