Every limited company must have at least one director. Directors are appointed by the shareholders as the people who can best run the company on their behalf.
Directors have a range of responsibilities in areas such as health and safety, tax and employment law. There are serious penalties for not meeting these responsibilities which makes appointing the right director very important.
There are also restrictions on who can become a director. People who may not become directors include anyone who:
- has been disqualified by the courts from becoming a director
- is an undischarged bankrupt, unless they have permission from the courts
- is under the age of 16
You may wish to take on someone to cover you while you're away so that you can spend more time growing the business. Consider whether it would be a good idea to appoint someone to whom you can delegate day-to-day running of the business.
When preparing the job description, the advert and the interview questions, you will need to keep in mind the additional qualities, experience and skills the candidate will need to take on the managerial role.
Know your legal responsibilities
- Do you need a licence?
- Get the right business insurance
- Comply with the law when providing goods and services
- Know your customers' rights
- Distance and online selling rules
- Understand pricing legislation
- Buying goods from outside NI
- Selling goods outside NI
- GDPR compliance checklist
- Pay your business rates
- Understand staff contracts and your responsibilities
- Taking on contractors and subcontractors
- Health and safety basics for business
- Know your legal obligations on pensions
Understand tax and VAT
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