With many companies faced with ecommerce as their only option to trade, it is important to be aware of the legal responsibilities when selling online. If you are running a business which trades over the Internet, it is important that you have terms and conditions which comply with the requirements as set out in the Consumer Information Regulations and the Ecommerce Regulations, in addition to any obligations you have under The Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980.
Some points that you may overlook when developing your business online is that a website makes you globally accessible. Restrict your delivery services to areas that permits the sale of your goods as transactions are subject to local laws.
The other aspect that needs to be considered is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This is a minefield to work through but at a basic level, you need to have permission to collect and hold the information and identifying details of your website users and clients. It should not be a deterrent to utilising online selling
Last November, we explored some of the options available to company proprietors when deciding the future of their businesses, with a particular focus on liquidation. In this issue, we are now going to touch on some considerations regarding the going concern of a business and when business owners need to take a pragmatic view of how their business is performing. Not every business is going to be a success but the best business people find this out fast and understand it is not a reflection on them – instead of being emotionally attached, they take a clinical overview and move on to new business avenues and prove their success that way.