Starting an online business in such times appears a good plan, as people around the world have been urged to take their spending habits online. However, there are a few aspects worth considering before you launch yourself into the idea.
As per the Companies Act 2006, you must be sure to disclose certain information, regarding your business, on your website. This information need not be visible on every page or link, however, it should be easily accessible by the consumer. Here you could include a company name, company registration as well as a VAT number.
T’s & C’s
Another necessity is to inform your website visitors of what behaviour is and isn’t acceptable. This can range from content misuse to information of deliveries, returns and refunds, if it concerns your business. Although terms and conditions are not a legal requirement in the UK, it remains a useful feature to keep on your website, for your own protection.
It goes without saying that trade marking your business name, logo or slogan can be sure to provide you with protection, added value and exclusive rights. Once again, this is not a legal requirement, however, if you chose not to register a trade mark, you could find yourself being prevented from expanding your business.
The above information can appear overwhelming and to make matters worse it is only a fraction of what you must consider, when it comes to running an online business. At Stay Legal, we offer to expertly handle your website’s legal compliance, leaving you with more time to focus on the rest of your business. All information on our service and packages can be found on our Stay Legal website. If you would prefer to speak with one of the team, then do not hesitate to get in touch today.
By Lora Krasteva, a student at Southampton Solent University