Resources for tax and legal advice Resources for tax and legal advice

Registering as self-employed

Working for yourself, via GOV.UK

Overview of what you need to do when you start trading.

Legal Structures

‘Choose a legal structure for your business’, via GOV.UK

Overview of the different business legal structures, and what administration is required when registering a business.

Companies House

Register a business, file your company accounts and annual return with Companies House. Here you can also find guidance on starting, running and closing a company.

Set up a business (GOV.UK)

UK Government website overview of the different types of business you can register, as well as the relevant legislation for each.

Intellectual Property

British Library Business & IP Centre

The British Library website contains numerous guides which explore how to protect your ideas, as well as overviews of different types of intellectual property.

Intellectual Property Office

Official UK government body for IP. Their website provides a useful overview of the options available to anyone wishing to protect any kind of intellectual property, and various guides on trademarks, patents, and copyright.

IP Tutor – via Intellectual Property Office

Online training module which explores the basics of intellectual property

Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library IP Centre

The Business Library in the Norwich City Centre provides advice on IP matters, as well as delivering related workshops.


A free patent search tool. It’s hosted by the European Patent Office, and searches patents from all over the world.

Legal Advice and Support

Law Donut

Collection of articles which explore certain aspects of business law to consider when starting up a business.

Law Society

An overview of the legal advice available when setting up a business.



Official website of HM Revenues & Customs, the UK’s tax authority: including guides on how to file your Self Assessment tax returns if you are self-employed.

HMRC Business Tax Webinars

A collection of free, informative webinars and videos on various topics such as international trade, Self Assessment tax returns and employing new staff.