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Your’re excited about starting your new business and the number of jobs you have to do is starting to pile up –  Below is a few things that you may like to start thinking about to ensure you don’t fall foul of any regulations from the outset:


  • Heath & Safety – the main legislation in the UK is is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The e Act places duties on employers to produce a written policy that explains how they intend to manage health and safety; and consult with staff or their union representatives on this process.   In addition various other regulations sit beneath the Act, which impose more explicit duties around specific hazards,such as the use of computers, work equipment, manual handling, protective equipment and the working environment to name but a few.


Perhaps start thinking about writing a policy ensuring the health and safety of staff and anyone affected by your business activities is protected.


  • Licences – look into applications, payments and timescales to ensure licences will be in place on your first day of trading. Licences are need for all sorts of things such as playing background recorded music from a CD or radio to the public or just in your business.  The licence finder on the gov.uk website is a useful starting point.


  • Stationery and other promotional material – you must include your company’s name on all company documents, publicity, order forms, websites and letters.    


If you’re a limited company, you must show the company’s registered number, its registered office address,


where its registered and the the fact that it’s a limited company by adding ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’ at the end of the company name.  If you want to include directors’ names, you must list all of them.


  • Consumer Rights – If your business sells a product or a service, you will need to comply with consumer law. Familiarise yourself with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, Consumer Contracts Regulations, Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and GDPR to name but a few.


Think about drafting terms of business – without them you could put your business at risk of uncertainty and misunderstandings.


These are just a few things to get you started and it is important that you start researching matters as early as possible when starting a new business venture.   Remember to check if there are regulations specific to your industry/business activity.


Willsons Solicitors can help you if you fall foul of any regulations and are facing prosecution, drafting policies, terms of business, employment contracts or to provide advice if you just want some guidance along the way.


Don’t hesitate to call Lorraine Walker or Manjit Kaur-Heer in our litigation and dispute resolution department on 02476 387 821.  They will be happy to help