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trading companies


There are many reasons why schools and academies may want to establish a company to support their activities. These will include supporting income generation, effective collaboration with other schools, supporting teaching school alliances or simply to ring fence risk. However, it is often a complex decision which is based on a number of competing factors. It is therefore important you take legal advice at an early stage.

If you decide a trading subsidiary is the most appropriate option, you will need to put in place robust arrangements which go beyond simply incorporating a ready-made company. It is important to have in place an agreement that not only sets out the basis of the provision of services between the school and its subsidiary, but also ensures the governing body of the school has appropriate control over the activities of its subsidiary.

Our expert team will provide you with straightforward, practical advice in putting the appropriate arrangements in place. We have extensive experience in advising a large number of clients on a wide range of issues involving trading companies.

what we do...

  • Extensive experience dealing with the issues which affect establishing a company - from assisting with the decision-making process, establishing the appropriate governance and commercial mechanisms to advising on the legal and practical issues, including employment, pensions, property, commercial and intellectual property 
  • Working closely with accountants and tax advisers to ensure the model proposed is the most effective from a tax and financial perspective. 
  • Advising on all manner of sizes and types of the companies - from establishing a small company to support after school activities to teaching school alliances to an 80 strong school partnership. 
  • Working with the National College to establish a model for how companies can support collaborations, specifically around teaching school activities.

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