- Check if you need to provide a workplace pension and set-up a pension scheme.
- For health and safety, either in the workplace or at home HSE: Information about health and safety at work
- For free and impartial information on workplace relations and employment law, Acas provides useful support.
- To build a diverse and inclusive business, the Diversity & Inclusion toolkit will provide useful guidance.
- If you have an idea, product or service that is unique, consider intellectual property protection. Use the Intellectual Property Office tool Intellectual Property Office – IP Health Check (ipo.gov.uk) to check what you need to do
- Consider whether you need to run the business from separate premises. A few options include using commercial property agents in your preferred locations with an outline of your requirements, us of online property sites such as Zoopla, Rightmove and Property Link or hire a chartered surveyor to search for you. For more information visit www.rics.org
- Think about your cyber security and how to protect your business. Great guidance is available from the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC.GOV.UK
- Consider your carbon footprint and how this can be reduced to save you energy costs. Low Carbon Workspaces are delivering grant funding to help small and medium sized enterprises in Berkshire identify energy reduction opportunities. Full details on the grants and how to apply can be found on the Low Carbon Workspaces website.
- Could your product or service be supplied overseas? Investigate exporting opportunities from the moment you start your business. Check how to import or export goods – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
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