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Business Protection


In today’s dynamic landscape, ensuring the protection of our businesses and the well-being of our families is of paramount importance. Years of unwavering dedication, from the initial spark of an idea to strategic investments and the relentless efforts of both the owner and key team members, mark the journey to success for many business owners.

Nonetheless, amid the pursuit of entrepreneurial dreams, it is imperative not to overlook the security of what we hold dear. Surprisingly, many business owners lack the requisite knowledge to safeguard both their business and their family’s future. This article aims to bridge this knowledge gap by outlining the essential steps that every UK business owner must take to secure their legacy effectively.

Harmonising Business and Personal Planning

Regrettably, a stark contrast often exists between how business owners manage their personal and business financial affairs. While they are willing to embrace risks in their professional ventures, personal family planning can sometimes be relegated to the background. This discrepancy often arises from the engagement of separate advisors for business and personal matters, inadvertently limiting holistic financial counsel.

Consider exploring the benefits of establishing a Small Self-Administered Scheme (SSAS). This advanced pension planning tool, when harnessed effectively, can not only enhance personal wealth but also contribute to the stability of the business. From acquiring trading premises to providing loans to your business, the SSAS presents unique opportunities.

Shielding Personal Wealth and Family from Risk

Creating a limited liability entity is a pivotal move. In the UK, you can opt for either a limited company or a limited liability partnership, with tax considerations shaping your decision. Both options establish a legal demarcation between business liabilities and personal assets, thereby safeguarding the latter from undue risk.

Avoid alternative partnership models, as they expose you to unlimited liability and the potential recourse to personal assets. The protective cocoon of limited liability is invaluable in times of business turbulence or legal challenges, ensuring that personal assets such as savings, residences, and vehicles remain invulnerable.

Shareholder and Partnership Protection

The future is still uncertain, and factors like health issues, untimely death, or a strategic business sale may cause a business owner to leave their venture. To ensure a seamless transition of ownership and uninterrupted business operations, comprehensive shareholder or partnership agreements are imperative. These agreements stipulate the proper transfer of shares and control to the right individuals, ensuring business continuity in the face of health crises or unforeseen losses.

For businesses encompassing multiple shareholding directors, the incorporation of buy-sell agreements is a prudent measure. These agreements outline the protocols for transferring shares to other directors or back to the company itself, thereby maintaining stability and control.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Certainly, a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to do so due to physical or mental incapacity. This appointed person is known as your “attorney.”

There are two main types of lasting power of attorney in the UK:

  1. Health and Welfare LPA: This type of LPA grants your chosen attorney the authority to make decisions about your healthcare and personal welfare. This can include decisions about medical treatment, living arrangements, and day-to-day care.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  2. Property and Financial Affairs LPA: With this LPA, your chosen attorney has the authority to manage your financial matters, including property transactions, paying bills, and managing investments. This type of LPA can be used even if you still have mental capacity but find it difficult to manage your financial affairs.                                                                                         
  3. You may already have a personal LPA, but to protect your business, you require an additional LPA tailored to your business.

Securing Adequate Insurance Coverage

Insurance acts as a safety net against unforeseen risks and liabilities. Business owners must weigh various insurance options. General liability insurance covers injuries or property damage occurring on your premises during regular operations, encompassing legal defence and potential settlements. Property insurance insulates physical assets such as buildings and equipment against loss stemming from covered events.

For businesses rendering professional services, obtaining professional liability insurance (commonly known as errors and omissions insurance) is imperative. This coverage serves as a bulwark against claims of negligence or errors in the services provided, shielding you from potential legal complications.

Implementing Robust Cybersecurity Measures

Strong cybersecurity is a crucial component of protecting your business in today’s technology-driven world. The key to preventing malicious actors from exploiting vulnerabilities is regular software and system updates. Equally vital is training your employees in data security practises to cultivate a culture of vigilance within the organisation.

Educate your staff on crafting robust passwords, recognising phishing attempts, and adopting secure file-sharing practises. Regular reminders underscore the significance of cybersecurity, anchoring its importance in the minds of your workforce.

Creating a Comprehensive Estate Plan

Estate planning is primarily about passing your wealth onto those you care about, ensuring that any tax deducted from your estate is the legal minimum. For business owners to secure their assets and facilitate the seamless transfer of ownership in the event of incapacity or demise, you should consult an experienced estate planner. A meticulously structured estate plan provides reassurance that your family and business will be managed in accordance with your wishes.

At the heart of this plan lies the creation of a will or trust, affording you the agency to dictate how your company shares will be distributed upon your passing. In the UK, the option of establishing a trust to manage business assets posthumously stands as a potentially tax-efficient and advantageous strategy.

Building a Resilient Emergency Fund

Even in the most stable of businesses, unexpected expenses can arise. Maintaining an emergency fund is not only prudent but also strategic, positioning your business to weather unforeseen costs and challenges effectively.


Balancing the security of your business and family necessitates careful forethought and strategic planning.

A limited company (Ltd.)  or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) provides a robust protective first step, ensuring you are fully insured, and installing cybersecurity measures, are all very helpful.

What you must also do is further protect yourself and your family with shareholder agreements, an up-to-date will, and possibly a discretionary business trust. These days it’s possible to arrange for life insurance to be paid by your company and for the premiums to be paid by your company.

All of the above can be facilitated through the comprehensive financial planning provided by Unavida Wealth Management Ltd. 

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A pension is a long-term investment that typically cannot be accessed until age 55 (57 from April 2028). The level of pension benefits offered could change depending on the value of your investments (and any income they may generate).

The interest rates in effect at the time you begin receiving benefits may also have an impact on your pension income. The tax consequences of pension withdrawals will depend on your unique situation. In later Finance Acts, tax rates, tax bases, and tax relief may change.

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