Lifecycle of a Business - Series

Lifecycle of a business - Series

Welcome to our series on the Lifecycle of a Business.

Our series captures key elements of a business's growth story. Each part of the series will guide you through each section of the business lifecycle, focusing on different stages from the highs of formation and growth right through to lows of disputes and dissolution. Discover our insights, informed from years of client experience. Our legal business experts provide a helping hand in this series - no matter what stage your business is in.

Click on the following articles to find out more on the Lifecycle of a Business.

Part 1 - Business structures.

This article guides you through the importance of getting the right structure for your business to build a solid foundation for the business going forward. Our legal business experts will guide you on dealing with sole traders, partnerships and limited liability partnerships.

Part 2 - Business structures continued.

In continuation of part 1, this article will guide you through the exploration of the the next structures; limited companies and shareholders in limited companies. Our legal business experts will provide advice on choosing the right business structure that works for you. 

Part 3 - Finance and raising capital.

This article will guide you on how to keep the structure of your business solvent with sufficient finance. Our legal business experts will provide you with an understanding on how to raise capital by issuing shares to suitable investors.

Part 4 - Agreements.

This article will provide you with information on efficient ways to run a business successfully. Our legal business experts will provide you with advice on directors service agreements, consultants and shareholder agreements.

Part 5 - Contracts and disputes.

This article will provide you with important information on dealing with supplier and customer contracts and disputes. Our legal business experts will provide help with maintaining a good relationship with suppliers and customers, knowing when to seek legal advice, and setting out the terms and conditions.

Part 6 - Assets, employees and data.

This article will guide you on considering other legal issues that your business may face. Our legal business experts will provide advice on protecting key business assets, minimising risk, employees, data management, types of data that may affect your business, and data breaches.

Part 7 - Making decisions.

This article will guide you on making the right decisions to help keep your business running. Our legal business experts will provide you with advice on understanding the partnership act (1890), limited liability partnerships, and deadlocks.

Part 8 - Advertising and marketing.

This article will guide you on the key aspects of growth, diversification, advertising and marketing. Our legal business experts will provide you with help on how to grow your business strategically and structurally.

Part 9 - Changes to stakeholders.

This article will guide you with the changing of stakeholders and shareholders, and the incorporation of a business. Our legal business experts will provide you with advice on appointing directors, removing directors, and shareholder agreements.

Part 10 - Protecting your brand.

This article will guide you on how to protect your intellectual property and ensure that your public image is both robust and enduring. Our legal business experts will provide advice on intellectual property rights, using social media, and defamation.

Part 11 - Expansion and exit.

This article will help you understand the importance of having a strategy when expanding or leaving your business. Our legal business experts will provide advice on the risk and implications of business expansion and leaving your business.

Part 12 - Going public.

This article will guide you on how to make your business public, making you aware of the implications of listing your company's shares on the stock exchange. Our legal business experts will provide you with advice on going pubic and the long-term success of a pubic company.

Part 13 - Decline and exit.

This article will guide you on facing a decline in your business or winding down the business without passing onto someone else. Our legal business experts will provide advice on the decline and exit of a business, and knowing when to get professional advice.

 

Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.