Employing & managing staff

Ensure your contract keeps you out of IR35

What can contractors and freelancers learn from HRMC’s win against Sky Sports presenter Alan Parry? Here are tips to make sure you stay out of IR35

Business Technology

Q&A with ContractZen CEO Markus Mikola

The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated how we all work remotely. However, digital security – especially when it comes to sensitive documents – has never been more paramount. ContractZen CEO Markus Mikola talks about the new normal


How to prepare your small business for a no-deal Brexit

Boris Johnson is preparing for a no-deal Brexit on October 31. What does this mean for your small business and how can you survive it? Giles Dixon shares survival strategies for SMEs braced for no-deal

Employing & managing staff

What sort of contract will I need if I want to employ staff on a flexible basis?

The employment landscape of the UK is changing rapidly. The rise of the gig economy, powered by companies such as Uber, Hermes, Deliveroo, and TaskRabbit, combined with an increase in the number of companies placing employees on zero-hour contracts, has created a great amount of uncertainty for many employees.


Half of SMEs turn down contracts due to unreasonable demands

A study of 501 businesses shows how almost half of SME’S turn down contracts and orders due to unreasonable demands.


SME employees failing to get to grips with their contracts

Only one worker in 166 has ever fully read their contract and understands its contents, research finds.

Legal advice

How to improve the terms of existing contracts

Here we look at the best ways to improve the terms of existing contracts without damaging your business relationships.


OFT publishes new contract guidelines

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is publishing guidelines on business contracts intended to protect consumers from unfair small print.

Legal advice

Renegotiating signed contracts

As a business owner you'll be required to sign hundreds of contractual agreements with suppliers, customers and shareholders. But what happens if circumstances change and you want to get out of a contract?

Legal advice

Dealing with contracts

Contracts are often perceived as long-winded documents, so it can be all too easy not to pay them enough attention.

Partner content

What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

Partner content

Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

Partner content

Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free

Finding and selling to customers

How Amazon Ads is supporting entrepreneurs

Digital ad campaigns aren't just for big businesses. Here's why you should be considering it...