What a Cyber Attack looks like- Prevention and Tips

The recent global cyber-attack wreaked havoc at dozens of NHS trusts and hit thousands of computers in over 150 countries. The NHS trusts that were affected have been criticised for not adding the patch despite warnings from NHS Digital a month ago that they were vulnerable to a possible attack. Security experts say that computers […]

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Revenue is vanity, cash flow is sanity, but cash is king

Cash flow is the lifeblood... Cash flow is the lifeblood of your business. If you are receiving less cash than you are spending, you cannot meet your immediate needs and you could risk insolvency. Due diligence and well drafted terms and conditions can reduce the risk of negative cash flow. Some challenges for small business […]

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So you want to start up your own business?

Some helpful tips and advice to consider Protect your intellectual property.  Make sure that the company itself owns the intellectual property and that anything that a third party has commissioned to create is formally assigned over to the company.  Carry out due diligence checks before deciding what to call your business.  Basic searches can be […]

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Investment – Are You Legally Prepared?

If your business is ready for expansion and you’re thinking about investment, are you legally prepared for it? Do you know what an investor might want to see and is your “house in order”? Whilst you may have been trading for some time or have a product ready to launch, an investor will want to […]

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Questions on Franchise & why is it right for you?

Had enough of your regular 9-5pm job, had a baby and can’t face returning to work or just board and new a challenge. A Franchise arrangement can open a whole new world to you, but are you genuinely ready and capable of successfully embracing a new business? Are you too old? Never, you can never […]

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Filling a gap in the Financial sector: What funding/investment is out there for you?

Funding and investment are words I hear daily as many of my clients start their enterprising journey. These words are used interchangeably, but I actually define these as very distinct opportunities. I fear many do not honestly understand the array of options available to them, the risks and benefits of each, but often dive right […]

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Starting up a business: Avoid the common mistakes

It is difficult for a start-up to determine what is important, read below about the most common mistakes and how we can help you avoid them. Shareholders agreement, intellectual property, cashflow, start-up business, trademarks, business mistakes, confidentiality , employee restrictions, competition, poaching

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Are you ready to embark on your journey to expansion – understand and as such avoid the common pitfalls.

Firstly, who are we and what would we know about expanding your business? The firm was started in 2009. Our founder often gives talks on the mistakes she made, the lessons she learned and the things she would have done differently. She has turned those lessons into our success story; our firm has

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What is a Founder’s Agreement and 10 reasons why your business needs one

There is no legal requirement to have a Founder’s Agreement but here are 10 reasons why you need to consider it. If you’ve decided to run your business through a company vehicle, then you have a safety net cast against your personal assets, should the worse happen. If there is more than one founder it […]

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Market Value of your Business & its IP

IP is a business asset and can increase the businesses value. What I have observed in practice is that many businesses overlook this fact.  Where the asset is protected by law and exclusive to you its value increases as does the business.   IP can create an income stream for your business. How? Licensing, patenting […]

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Top Tips to Attract Investors to your business

What should you be doing and thinking now? How much control you can relinquish? What level of control do you need to retain to be able to operate your business on a day-to-day basis? Loss of control in your business is one of the biggest disadvantages involved in selling equity stakes. There are situations where […]

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What’s in a name? Just Google it!

Google has become so renowned and ingrained in our daily lives that it’s the first thing that pops into your head when you want to know the answer to almost anything. “Google it” has become an in-built reaction to being asked a question you don’t know the answer to. Why then, would this tech giant choose to change their […]

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Are you a shadow director? Does it matter?

It is important that all business owners and those contemplating commencing a business are aware of the issues surrounding shadow directors and how someone may accidentally become one.  What is a shadow director? A shadow director is someone who is not a registered director of a company but exercises control or influence over a business

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Intellectual Property: What is it, do I need it and how do I protect it?

Intellectual property is typically one of the most important and valuable assets of any business. Intellectual property (IP) is typically one of the most important and valuable assets of any business. It can be found in anything you have created or designed such as a product, software, logo or even the business name itself. Before […]

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Protecting your assets from Start-up to Divorce

You work hard to start your own company and invest time and effort into making it work, only to have problems either with fellow colleagues or, more personally, at home.  So how do you protect your assets when either starting a business with other people or in the unfortunate breakdown of a marriage?  Read More

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The Consumer Rights Act 2015 – Will the changes affect your business?

Technology Companies supplying downloadable digital content and products beware the new: Consumer Rights Act October 2015 is in force. Christmas lists have been created and movies, music and apps for loved ones are now being sourced & downloaded. Business will be booming for digital

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Do your Terms and Conditions say and do what you want them to?

Clear terms can make or break your client relationships. Terms and Conditions (Ts & Cs) are an essential part of all businesses. They should provide clarity for customers and strike a fair balance to encourage business while offering you sufficient protection from the distraction and cost of disputes. Read More

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Why do you need a Shareholders Agreement?

A good agreement is a safety net for the future. You have a great concept or product, funding and perhaps a friend, relative or colleague that wants to join forces with you. The key to any successful business is good advice, support and above all appreciating the risks and liabilities involved and how to come out […]

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Cohab unmarried partners running a business (another angle too)

I own my own business and have recently separated from my partner, but I was not married. Could my partner have any rights over my business? There is nothing worse than a separation from someone you loved, but sorting out the house and finances can feel like a Read More

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Government Pension Reforms do they affect you?

New auto-enrolment what does this mean for you? The recent reforms have implemented a new auto-enrolment scheme where employers are required to enrol eligible employees into a pension scheme automatically. Employers are also required to contribute to their employees’ pension funds. Minimum contributions There are minimum contribution requirements of both the employer and employee and […]

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Protecting Confidential Information

Are your trade secrets safe? Confidential information is non-public privileged information pertaining to a company’s business. Such information can include, trade secrets, proprietary information, know-how, technical, business or financial information and personal information. Are you worried that an employee will leave and take confidential information with them to benefit your competitor? Employees can be bound […]

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