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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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Blueprint South West Ltd

Blueprint South west Ltd specialise in helping small businesses, Sole Traders, Limited Companies and Partnerships identify and protect their financial liabilities, putting plans in place in a tax-efficient way. A local adviser, with the backing of a larger company can take the time to understand your needs and priorities as you set up your business and provide you with ongoing reviews to keep your protection up to date as your business grows and develops.

Our dedicated and skilled advisers work in partnership with our clients, taking the time to understand their requirements, providing a prompt, efficient and personal service coupled with a creative approach to financial planning. As well as our own considerable in-house experience we also have access to leading experts within the financial services industry, from senior underwriters to award winning billion pound fund managers.

For more information visit: http://blueprintsw.co.uk/

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The Business Insurance Experts

Recommended by a StartMyBiz client!

The Business Octopus are an independent commercial insurance broker specialising in small business insurance in the UK. A team of specialist consultants will discuss your requirements and take the time to understand your business before searching multiple insurers and comparing the best deals.

For more information visit: http://insuranceoctopus.co.uk/

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British Insurance Brokers’ Association

You can tell them about your business and they can advise on the insurance that you need and then provide you with contact details for brokers who provide that insurance.

For more information visit: http://www.biba.org.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/

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HMRC E Learning – Working for yourself

Your questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses answered.


For more information visit: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/