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How to Register as a Sole Trader

Registering as a sole trader is a great way to start a business quickly and conveniently. A sole trader is simply an individual who is self-employed and running their own business. You get to keep any profits you earn (after tax, of course), but you will have to personally take the hit of any losses…. Read more »

How to Start an eBay Business

For many years, eBay has been one of the most popular destinations for internet shoppers. One of the easiest ways to start an ecommerce business, or to give a boost to an existing business, is to get on eBay and start selling. Sellers keep eBay alive, so it wants to make your life as a… Read more »

Companies House WebFiling: An Introduction

WebFiling is an online service that Companies House provides, designed to make the submission of official paperwork easier and paper-free. This blog post is your starting point for WebFiling information, and we hope it will set you up to get the most from the online service. You can access Companies House webfiling here. Why use… Read more »

What is a holding company?

A holding company is a business that exists to deal with the assets of other businesses, and to invest in and manage other businesses. They are private limited companies with their own shares, and they normally undertake activities that do not involve the sale of products or services. Alphabet: a recent example The easiest way… Read more »

Certificate of Good Standing: What You Need to Know

A Certificate of Good Standing is an official document from Companies House that a business can obtain to demonstrate that it is up to date with all legal filings. Having this Certificate is useful in a variety of circumstances as a sign to businesses and individuals that your business is trustworthy and reliable. Requesting your… Read more »

Guide to business and industry in Central London

The UK is one of the best places in the world to start and run a company, and London is the beating heart of British business. In 2015, almost one million of the UK’s five million businesses were based in London, and the vast majority of these were in central London. Central London itself is… Read more »

The end of year checklist for SMEs

Christmas is around the corner and another year is drawing to a close. Although the financial year will continue for a few months, the end of the calendar year is still significant in the eyes of many business owners and their employees. The end of the year is a chance to celebrate, evaluate and prepare… Read more »

What we can learn from Black Friday 2016

Black Friday is a huge event over in the US and here in the UK, more and more businesses are taking advantage of the opportunity to sell discounted products to an expectant audience. Black Friday 2016, the third Black Friday officially recognised here in the UK, topped retailers’ expectations with the initial outlook from stores… Read more »

What is a unique taxpayer reference number (UTR)?

A unique taxpayer reference (UTR) is a 10 digit number issued by HMRC to businesses and individuals to allow them to manage their tax returns. All businesses need UTR numbers, but individuals only need them if they are completing self-assessment tax returns. Most individuals in standard employment will not need one. UTR numbers for businesses… Read more »

An introduction to director’s loans

A director’s loan is made up of any money that you take out of your company that is not wages or dividends. Wages and dividends It’s easier to understand director’s loans when you separate them out from the other ways that a director can take money out of their company. The first and most familiar… Read more »

Black Friday Deal: Central London Address 10% Discount

Black Friday is upon us and we’ve put together a special offer for you to mark the occasion. For a limited time only, you can get a prestigious virtual address in Central London for just £270 plus VAT for 12 months. That’s a saving of 10%! This offer will only be available until Monday, so… Read more »

Black Friday Deals: Coming Soon

With Black Friday just around the corner, many of you (especially those who sell online) will no doubt be thinking about special deals and discounts to offer your customers. Data shows us that Black Friday, despite still being relatively new to the UK, is a fantastic opportunity for retailers of all sizes to increase brand… Read more »

Understanding limited company shares

One of the defining features of a private limited company is the share structure. Understanding how shares work is an essential part of owning a limited company, but it can be tough to get your head round everything you need to know. Company shares: the basics Shares are slices of ownership in a limited company… Read more »

Irish Bank Accounts, Revenue & VAT

We recently wrote about registering a business in the Republic of Ireland. Here, we’ll go into more detail about topics relating to banking, Revenue (the Revenue Commissioners) and tax that are essential for you to know if you are thinking about starting a business in the Republic of Ireland. In order to operate fully in… Read more »

How to Register a Business in Scotland

If you want to register a business as a limited company in Scotland, the process is essentially identical in practice to registering a business in England and Wales. The Edinburgh office of Companies House will be responsible for your registration, as opposed to the Cardiff or Belfast offices, but the process that you go through… Read more »

How to Register a Business in the Republic of Ireland

There are many similarities between the way that you register a limited company in the UK and the way that you register in the Republic of Ireland. A key similarity is that you need to be registering an address that is in the same region. If you don’t have a physical company address in the… Read more »

Types of Company in the UK

Companies in the UK do not all operate in the same way. A company’s classification depends, among other things, on who owns the company and the extent to which those people are responsible for the company’s liabilities. The distinction between the different types has important ramifications for the legal status of the company, particularly with… Read more »

How to Register for Self Assessment

If you’re an entrepreneur just starting out in your new business venture, you’re going to need to make sure that you register with HMRC for a tax self assessment. This guide is aimed at entrepreneurs who are registering for the first time; if you’ve sent tax returns before, you’ll need to read the information on… Read more »

What is ‘Making Tax Digital’?

If you’re not sure what the government initiative Making Tax Digital (MTD) is, you’re not alone. A recent survey found that 43% of its respondents didn’t know what the proposed changes are. But it is a change that will affect businesses across the UK and the way they submit their taxes. Here, we’ll explain the… Read more »

What is a Certificate of Incorporation?

A certificate of incorporation is something all businesses get when they register with Companies House. If you want to do business legally in the UK, you need to register and therefore you should have a certificate of incorporation. How to get a certificate of incorporation In the UK, the process of incorporation is also known… Read more »

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