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General Business Advice

Do I need a TV Licence for my business?

You need a TV Licence for your business if you or any of your staff, guests or visitors use any TV receiving equipment at your business address to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV.

This includes the use of a TV set, digital box, DVD or video recorder, computer or mobile phone.

You don't need a TV Licence if:

You use a digital box with a hi-fi system or another device that can only be used to produce sounds and can't display TV programmes and you don't install or use any other TV receiving equipment.

You use a TV set or computer monitor for closed circuit monitoring and you don't install or use any other TV receiving equipment.

You use a TV set or computer to watch only pre-recorded DVDs or videos (e.g. for training purposes) and you don't install or use any other TV receiving equipment.

For more information please visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk

Making False Statements - Trades Descriptions Act 1968

Does this apply to me?

Yes - if you are either:

Advertising your accommodation facilities in a brochure or any other form of advertising material (including the web), or Making statements about your facilities to the public. You can find further information regarding accommodation businesses from Visit Englands Accommodation Know How Website.

For more information please contact your local Trading Standards Office or the British Codes of Advertising. Sales Promotion and Direct Marketing can be obtained from ASA on 0207 5805555 or www.asa.org.uk.

National Minimum Wage

This applies to nearly all workers and sets hourly rates below which pay must not be allowed to fall. It is an important cornerstone of Government strategy aimed at providing employees with decent minimum standards and fairness in the workplace.

It helps business by ensuring companies will be able to compete on the basis of quality of the goods and services they provide and not on low prices based predominantly on low rates of pay.

For more information contact HM Reveue and Customs


Pricing and Charging

Does this apply to me?

Almost certainly yes - as the relevant law (the Consumer Protection Act 1987) covers all statements of price whether in an advertisement, a brochure, a leaflet or on the web, or those given by letter or orally in person or over the telephone, it will normally apply to all accommodation providers.

For more information please contact your Local Trading Standards Office.