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Intellectual Property Office: Online training tools

IPO’s online training tools have been designed to help:

  • Understand how IP works and what can be protected using patents, copyright, trade marks and designs
  • Understand how to manage and use IP
  • Consider IP within business planning
  • Best leverage IP to protect investments and products

The tools are designed for businesses, business advisors, students and lecturers, although they will helpful for anyone learning how to manage or use IP.

Home Business Guide: Guide to Starting and Growing a Business from Home

The Home Business Guide explains the process of setting up a business from home and dispels common myths about it. Covers business essentials like rates, insurance and health and safety considerations as well as practical steps and top tips from those already running a successful business from home.

The Apprenticeship Intermediary Service

What is the Apprenticeship Intermediary Service?

It’s a centralised support service delivered by NSAR in partnership with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to help Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and other smaller business intermediaries throughout England understand the recent changes to apprenticeships and how this impacts smaller employers. By working in partnership with you, this service aims to provide practical advice to as many smaller employers as possible until March 2020.

ICO SME Data Protection Web Hub

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The ICO has launched its new SME data protection web hub, which features a self-assessment for newly established small business owners and sole traders to start getting data protection right.

It also has a data protection FAQ section and a number of digital tools to help businesses complete various tasks relating to data protection compliance, as well as a self-assessment and information on the ICO’s data protection fee.

Small Business Commissioner

The Small Business Commissioner was appointed as part of a range of measures implemented by HM Government as part of the Enterprise Act 2016 to tackle late payment, non-payment and unfavourable payment practice in the private sector.

As part of his role, the Commissioner can investigate complaints from small businesses (a business with less than 50 employees) and their larger client (a business with more than 50 employees) and make non legally binding recommendations to resolve a dispute. Where the Commissioner considers appropriate, he may publish a report about the circumstances of the complaint. This may include the identification of the parties involved in the complaint.

The Office of the Small Business Commissioner can also assist small businesses by checking contracts, providing advice on getting invoices right and signposting them to existing support and dispute resolution services. We are independent but appointed by government, impartial and free to use on a non-risk basis.

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