Business & Self Employment

The Business & Self Employment section of GOV.UK includes information about starting up and running a business in the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader.

Business debt and bankruptcy

Includes bankruptcy, insolvency and recovering debt

Business finance and support

Finding finance,business support, writing a business plan

Business premises and business rates

Includes leases,renting, planning permission and waste

Business tax

Includes Corporation Tax, Self Assessment, Capital Gains Tax and VAT

Expenses and employee benefits

Includes company cars and paying tax on employee benefits


Health and safety, registering and licensing animals, compliance tools

Food, catering and retail

Labelling and handling food,standards, transporting and more

Generating energy

Funding,regulations and guidance for energy providers and operators

Imports and exports

Includes moving goods in the EU and commodity codes

Licences and licence applications

Applying for licences for events and businesses


Managing waste, health and safety, regulations

Maritime vessels and work at sea

Includes health and safety on board,crew, registering vessels

Patents, trademarks, copyright and designs

Includes registering, protecting and applying for designs and patents

Running a limited company

Includes registering, setting up, company accounts and tax returns

Sale of goods and services and data protection

Includes regulations for online retailers, offering credit and Trading Standards

Scientific research and development

Includes funding and support scheme guidance

Selling your business and closing down

Stopping self-employment, winding up or liquidating a Ltd company and more

Setting up

Includes Self Assessment,self-employment and starting a business

Waste and environmental impact

Includes waste management plans, hazardous waste and preventing pollution