Business regulation

Guidance and regulation

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  1. Alcohol licensing

    Information on the different types of alcohol licences available and guidance on how to apply for them.

  2. Trade mark forms and fees

    List of trade mark forms and fees.

  3. Non-disclosure agreements

    Use a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to keep your invention a secret when talking to others.

  4. How to classify trade marks

    When applying to register a trade mark, you must use the classification system to specify the goods and/or services you'll be using it on.

  5. Flood risk activities: environmental permits

    Check if you need to apply for an environmental permit, formerly known as a flood defence consent, and get the forms you need.

  6. Food labelling: giving food information to consumers

    Find out the information you must give to customers on food products and how to give it.

  7. Product safety advice for businesses

    What you need to know about and do to comply with the law and keep consumers safe.

  8. Exceptions to copyright

    Details of the exceptions to copyright that allow limited use of copyright works without the permission of the copyright owner.

  9. State aid

    What state aid is and how public authorities can make sure they comply with the rules.

  10. Accredited qualification providers: personal licence to sell alcohol

    List of accredited organisations that provide courses and exams for a personal licence to sell alcohol.

  11. Patent forms and fees

    List of online and paper patent forms and fees.

  12. Gas meter readings and bill calculation

    How to read your gas meter and convert this reading to kilowatt hours.

  13. Making Tax Digital for Business - stakeholder communications pack

    We have provided stakeholders with information to support businesses that need to make the transition to digital VAT business record keeping and submission of VAT returns using MTD-compatible software from 1 April 2019.

  14. Unfair contract terms: CMA37

    Guidance to help businesses make sure their contract terms and notices are fair and clear to consumers.

  15. University and business collaboration agreements: Lambert Toolkit

    The Lambert toolkit is for universities and companies that wish to undertake collaborative research projects with each other.

  16. Objecting to other peoples trade marks and the legal costs

    How to object and challenge someone else's trade mark and details of any legal costs involved.

  17. Food standards: labelling, durability and composition

    Requirements for products listed under food standards legislation, such as bottled water, milk, fish and meat; table of UK mineral waters; 'best before' dates.

  18. Regulations: restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS)

    Guidance for manufacturers, importers and distributors.

  19. Packaged goods: weights and measures regulations

    What packaged goods are, how they are labelled, units of measurements used and compliance with weights and measures regulation.

  20. Manual of Patent Practice

    The Manual of Patent Practice (MOPP) explains the Intellectual Property Office's practice under the Patents Act 1977.