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Alternative Forms of Funding - Asset Based Lending

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This is becoming increasingly more common nowadays and covers all forms of funding that company’s can take advantage of based on the assets they own or purchase. A common example may be finance raised against plant and machinery or vehicles, either...

Property Issues

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Depending on the type of business the company operates, it may need industrial premises, a general commercial or office space upon commencement of trading or during its life (as part of any expansion plans). The premises you occupy for your business could be...

Buying/Selling Goods and Services

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The most important aspects of a contract for the purchase or supply of goods or services are that terms and conditions of the contract are properly on notice to both parties before the commencement of the contract (i.e. upon the purchase order being made) or...

Trading Issues: Matters To Consider For All Companies

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Upon starting-up a company, the directors have to consider the company’s business and its trading relationship with customers and suppliers.   In particular the directors should consider the following: The company’s trading address and...

Employees

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If a  company is to engage employees, it will need an employment contract and advice on its obligations as an employer. There are a variety of other ways that a person could do work for your company: as a PAYE employee, as a self-employed person, via a...

Types of Funding

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As described in our previous blog, whilst funding is critical to a company’s business it is also vital to ensure the right product is obtained relevant to the company’s business needs. Whilst there are numerous financial products available out...

Shareholder's Agreements - Part 3: Drafting a shareholder's agreement

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The shareholder’s agreement should ideally be drafted with legal advice to prevent any risk of prejudice to any party. The agreement obviously need to reflect the intentions of all shareholders, who should have input into it and discuss its contents...

Shareholder's Agreements - Part 2: the uses of a shareholders agreement

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Each company is different.  It has a different business, a different model as regards its intended objective, which could (but not always) include maximising sales, how it will be funded, who will benefit and what geographical areas or specific sectors...

Funding a Company

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Unless shareholders have cash resources or set-up a company as an investment, it is most likely that the first consideration, or as part of ongoing expansion or funding plans, will be the method of funding to be relied on by the company.   The methods...

How are company decisions made?

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For an owner-managed company which has only one or two directors and no employees, decisions will often be made informally and the resulting action performed by the same individuals. Ideally such decisions should be recorded as a board minute but this is not...

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