Category Archives: Start Up

Nando’s v Fernando’s – How to avoid a branding nightmare as a new start-up

Case Study: Nando’s v Fernando’s – How to avoid a branding nightmare as a new start-up

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This dispute hit the headlines back in 2018 and is a classic example of a situation I have come across many times – a start up business using similar branding to a famous competitor and then being threatened with trade mark infringement.

The start-up feels like they’re being bullied into a rebrand and the famous brand feels the backlash and negative PR from being accused of throwing their weight around.

So, who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong and what lessons can be learnt from a situation like this?

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A brand protection strategy for small businesses

A brand protection strategy for small businesses

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There’s no doubt that registering a trade mark is the best way to protect your brand and yet a surprising number of entrepreneurs and business owners don’t do it.

But why?

Often, it’s a timing issue. They know that protecting their brand is important but they don’t get around to it because they believe the risks of infringement are low. However, as I explained in my Trade Mark Essentials article, the risks are now much higher than they used to be.

And, they’re growing.

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Trade mark essentials - how and why every business should protect their brand

Trade mark essentials – how and why every business should protect their brand

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What is a trade mark and what do they do?

A trade mark is a legal right that protects your brand. It’s one of a range of intellectual property rights along with patents, copyright and registered designs.

Often, people use the names of the different intellectual property rights interchangeably. For example, sometimes they will say that they want to copyright their logo or patent their business name, and whilst this isn’t actually correct, generally we know what they mean.

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How to start a business during a recession and make it thrive!

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If you’re reading this article, you’re probably thinking about starting a new business. This may be something you have always dreamed of doing, or it may be that recent events have shown that being employed isn’t as safe and secure as you once thought.

However, as much as starting a new business is something you would love to do, you may be worried about the timing.

You may be asking yourself, “Is now a good time to start a business or should I wait until the economy picks up?Read More

Cash flow forecast

How to prepare a cash flow forecast for your business

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You may be wondering why I’m writing this article. After all, I’m a solicitor, not an accountant. Well, in my opinion, preparing a cash flow forecast is not a task for your accountant, it’s a task for you. Being able to prepare a cash flow forecast is an essential skill that every business owner should have.

What is a cash flow forecast and why is it so important?

As the name suggests, a cash flow forecast is a spreadsheet on which you forecast the amount of cash flowing through your business. You’re predicting what money is coming in, what’s going out and when this is happening. Read More

How to run a successful prize competition business

How to start a prize competition business in 9 easy steps

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If you’re thinking about running a prize competition, either to promote your existing business, or perhaps running multiple competitions as a business in itself, you need to go about it in the right way.

If you don’t you will end up losing money and wasting a great deal of time and effort.

You may also find yourself breaking the law and inadvertently running a gambling business or an illegal lottery! If you are, you run the risk of being shut down.

As a solicitor, I’ve worked with a huge number of promoters helping them set up and run their prize competition businesses. The most successful ones follow a process similar to the one I have set out below. Read More

Are contrapreneurs breaking the law?

Are the contrapreneurs actually breaking the law?

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In my previous article, “In defence of the contrapreneurs”, I looked at the dangers of the contrapreneur exposé videos. I highlighted the fact that some of the business celebrities trying to bring these contrapreneurs to justice were distributing just as much false and misleading information as the contrapreneurs themselves.

I have another issue with them too.

Many of the exposé videos I have seen are so focused on their moral quest that they fail to answer two very important questions:

  1. Are these contrapreneurs actually breaking the law? And
  2. If they are, what can you do about it?

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In defence of the contrapreneurs

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Like many people, my LinkedIn feed seems to be full people claiming to be experts in a whole host of subjects. When I watch YouTube, every other ad seems to be from these self-proclaimed “experts” telling me how easy it is to make money and become a millionaire by following their simple formula.

Most of the time I keep on scrolling, but occasionally, something catches my eye. When I stop and look it’s shocking to see the techniques they’re using to lure people to their events, sell their courses and convince them to join their mastermind groups. Read More

website terms of use and privacy policy

Why your website must have terms of use and a privacy policy

By | Contract law, Small Business, Start Up | No Comments

The terms of use and privacy policy are two of the most important pages on a website and yet they’re probably the least read.

When I advise a client that they should have them in place and offer my help in preparing them, their first reaction is often “No, don’t worry, I’ll copy them off someone else’s website

Putting aside the fact that this would make them guilty of copyright infringement, here’s four reasons why this is a terrible idea and why your website should have a professionally prepared terms of use and privacy policy. Read More