• Working from home – a guide for small business owners

    Working from home is becoming increasingly popular, and it’s not just the big corporates who are offering their staff the chance to work away from the office. Savvy small business owners are now looking to…

  • work from home insurance

    Working from home – insurance policy pitfalls to watch out for

    More small business owners are working home than ever. However, one thing that many people don’t think about with their home-based venture is insurance. Existing house insurance policies are designed to cover domestic arrangements, and…

  • pension small business

    5 things to consider when choosing a pension scheme for your business

    For many small employers, providing a workplace pension, because of Automatic Enrolment, will be brand new territory. With a wide range of providers to choose from, where do you begin? How do you narrow it…

  • Work experience & internships – guide for small business owners

    Many companies are enthusiastic about creating opportunities for younger people to gain business experience and skills in shorter placements, often labeling these as work experience or internships.

  • family charters

    Family charters – a guide to governance structures for small businesses

    Many family businesses struggle with governance structures and an estimated 100,000 businesses pass out of family control each year because of the failure to draft succession plans or business pressures.

  • copyright

    Guide to copyright law for small firms – what is protected?

    Copyright law is one of the key areas of intellectual property protection. In the UK, protection applies automatically once the work is created, so there is nothing further that needs to be done by an…

  • Passing your family business to the next generation – legal guide

    Of all the many things that can disrupt or wreck a business, a change in ownership must be near the top of the list. When family politics are added to the mix of a process…

  • How to design an effective incentive scheme for your small business

    An effective incentive scheme is an important way for small businesses to motivate their staff in order to improve performance and boost profits. Responding to incentives is part of human nature and employees like (and…

  • companies act 2006

    Companies Act 2006 and private companies – key points

    The Companies Bill, formerly called Company Law Reform Bill, received Royal Assent on the 8th November 2006. The Companies Act 2006 (‘the Act’) consists of 1300 sections and is the single largest piece of legislation…