Protect and grow your business
When your business is built on sound commercial practices, not only are you protecting your business, you are also signalling to your customers that you promote best practice, standards and quality. Our advisers help safeguard your business interests so you can focus on the way ahead.
Using commercial sense
Running a business requires commercial acumen. Every deal needs to make commercial sense and be aligned to your overall business objectives and goals. Our commercial team works closely with our strategy team to provide you with all-round support.
Help with starting out
How are you going to trade? As a sole trader, limited company, a partnership, a co-operative? Our business advisers will help you to understand the options and if you need specialist tax or legal advice, then we will direct you to one of our partners.
Help with funding
We don't provide funding but we do help you to find and apply for funding through local and central government schemes and grants, european funding, bank loans or overdrafts, secured and unsecured lending, invoice financing and equity funding (angel investors, venture capital, crowd sourcing and EIS and SEIS).
Help with business deals
From dealing with pricing strategies, logistics and service level agreements through to preliminary negotiations, heads of agreement and import and export trade, our specialists provide business advice, guidance and practical hands-on support.
Help with protecting assets
Businesses have many assets to protect. Some can be protected through insurance, some by having the right contracts in place and others by registering your interests with the right authorities. If you need help or information about patents, trademarks, copyright or protecting your business idea, brand or intellectual property, then talk to us.
Help with contracts
Contracts (or the lack of them) can make or break a business. Having the right contracts in place will help protect your business interests and if things go wrong or relationships break down, they set out the rules that each party must follow. Contracts include sales agreements (terms and conditions), confidentiality agreements, shareholders' agreements, insurance contracts, licence agreements and employment contracts to name but a few.
Contracts are written to protect the interests of one or more parties. Some contracts provide mutual and reciprocal benefits. Be sure to understand what kind of contract you are using and whether it protects your interests or is written in favour of the other party.
Our business advisers will help you review and understand contracts (ideally, before you sign them!) and negotiate and draft contracts for you to use with your clients, suppliers, employees, business partners and other stakeholders or collaborators. If you need legal advice, we will direct you to one of our partners.
Help with compliance
Following best practice and keeping up to date can be a time consuming and often overwhelming task, especially for small businesses.
Our specialists will audit your business to make sure you are compliant with legal, professional and industry specific regulations. They will identify what and when action needs to be taken, and guide you through the process of compliance.
If you don’t have the time or skills to do it all yourself, then we’ll implement specific tasks or take on the whole project.
Help with due diligence
All business transactions warrant a level of due diligence. The depth and breadth of this will be determined by the complexity, monetary and strategic value of the deal and associated risks. Our commercial team works closely with our finance team to help you complete due diligence so that you can make informed business decisions.
Don't leave anything to chance
Whether you need help setting up the right legal entity for your business, need information about patents, trademarks or copyright, or help with protecting your intellectual property, talk to our business advisers. We have a wealth of in-house expertise and access to technical and specialist legal advice where required.
Build a commercially sound business