Shareholder Agreement

Peter Mardon Corporate Business Director Gloucester

Why should I write a Shareholder Agreement? Sadly but all too often I am consulted by clients who have fallen out with their fellow directors and shareholders. The ensuing dispute is usually time-consuming, expensive, emotional and ultimately damaging. In nearly all cases such disputes could have been avoided had a proper shareholder agreement been in […]

Is Acquisition Right for your Business?

Peter Mardon Corporate Business Director Gloucester

Acquisition is an important route to grow your business. The best acquisitions combine economies of scale, synergy and increase in business value. Access to new customers for your existing products and access to new products for your existing customers can transform profitability.   Organic growth is always an option but acquisitions can give faster results. […]

New Business Rates

Shelley Bonney, Commercial Solicitor at WSP Solicitors

From 1st April new rateable values will be used to calculate new business rates. These have been adjusted as part of a government revaluation of business rates designed to reflect changes in the commercial property market. All commercial properties will be given a new rateable value multiple, though how these translate in monetary terms is […]

Business Terms and Conditions

Shelley Bonney, Commercial Solicitor at WSP Solicitors

Business Terms and Conditions are essentially your terms of trade. They are a contract between you and your customers, the rules upon which you do business and are crucial to protect your business. A well drafted set of terms and conditions will put you in control of your business relationships and set out the basis […]

Why do I need a Shareholders’ Agreement?

Peter Mardon Corporate Business Director Gloucester

Why do I need a Shareholders’ Agreement? We set out below the reasons why you ought to have a shareholders’ agreement. The main reason is to protect minority shareholders (shareholders owning less than 50% of the shares) against majority shareholders (those owning more than 50% of the shares).  Therefore, if there are only 2 equal […]

Forming a Company

Peter Mardon Corporate Business Director Gloucester

Forming a company or “incorporating” a company can easily be done online at Companies House, costs only £12 and you will normally have your new company within 24 hours. You can only incorporate your company online if you use standard articles of association (known as “model articles”). The articles are the rules governing how the […]

Brexit: Growth Opportunities for Businesses

Peter Mardon Corporate Business Director Gloucester

Brexit has been seen by many as a catastrophe for British businesses. The pound has dropped dramatically against the dollar and there appears to be a general feeling of doom and gloom across the board. However, with every challenge comes an opportunity and this is exactly what we are seeing companies take advantage of at […]

Creating the Right First Impression – The 30 Second Elevator Pitch

Peter Mardon Corporate Business Director Gloucester

Whether you are the head of a global corporation or looking to start your own business, it is essential to create the right first impression. What you need is a well crafted elevator pitch. This is a 30 second summary of who you are, what you do and why you are doing it. Although most […]

Why should you start your own business?

Peter Mardon Corporate Business Director Gloucester

Are you still thinking about starting up your own business but have not yet taken the plunge? In addition to the obvious reason to start a business, which is to make money, there are other reasons why it might be right for you. Here are some of the more light-hearted motivations for taking the plunge. […]

The Art of Networking

Peter Mardon Corporate Business Director Gloucester

Good looks and charm may be the key to many people’s success, so if you happen to look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie then good for you. On the other hand, if like myself you are not so blessed, then another strategy needs to be pursued in order to achieve success. The truth is […]