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Startup Business Essentials - FAQs

What are the most common queries amongst start-up businesses in the digital, media & tech sector?

We recently invited start-up businesses of all shapes and sizes to a breakfast drop-in session for Start-up Essentials – an event designed to give start-ups the advice they need to get going with their new businesses.

We bought in three expert advisers to offer guidance in key areas for starting a new business: accounts, VAT, IP (Intellectual Property), copyright, business leads, funding opportunities and more.

After receiving positive feedback from attendees, we thought it would be a great opportunity to capture what kind of questions startups are asking in the early stages of developing a business, so we asked our advisers for the top questions/queries they received.

This feedback from our advisers have given us an insight as to the most common questions asked at the event, and furthermore what startup businesses need to consider when setting up. Below, each of our advisers outlines the kind of questions they were asked and how you can get in contact with them if you have similar queries.

So, what kind of advice are startups looking for?


Dean Marsh - Founder of Creative Law & Business
Dean Marsh is an experienced and connected legal and business affairs practitioner, specialising in the creative sector. As well as being the founder of Creative Law & Business, he is also a visiting Lecturer in Law at Buckinghamshire New University. He is adept at advising on copyright and intellectual property, contractual and corporate matters and dispute resolution.

  • Copyright: What is it? And how do I protect it?
  • How do I go about structuring and negotiating terms when contracting with clients?
  • Trade Marking: Does my brand need it?
  • How do I balance protecting my ideas whilst trying to pitch them?

You can see a full list of Creative Law & Business' services and get in contact here.


Laura Evans - Business Support Navigator at Brighton Chamber of Commerce
The Business Navigator service helps you find funding and support to help your business grow. Laura speaks to small/medium size businesses, both start-ups and established, to understand their pressing business needs and point them in the right direction.

  • How do I expand and broaden my customer base?
  • I want to develop my business and/or product. How do I go about it?
  • What are my options when it comes to building on specific skills outside of my expertise? (e.g. marketing)
  • How do I find a space to operate from?

Laura is available to give free advice and support to startups and SMEs through the Business Support Navigator Service. You can read more about the service and get into contact with her here.

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This cross-border business fair for startups was supported by the ReCreate project, selected under the cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) England and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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