Starting a Business | Guides for New Business Owners

Starting a new business is an exciting thing to do. Our range of advice is designed to help you start and grow your new business, from guides to registering to setting up a company structure.

Understanding your company authentication code

What is a company authentication code A company authentication code is a 6-digit alphanumeric code sent to your business’s address after registration with Companies House. The code allows you to file documents and change company data through the Companies House online portal or a third party software. It is therefore important that the code is… Read more »

Limited company formation: how to set up a limited company

In order to be set up as a limited company, a business must register with HMRC and Companies House. Once incorporated, the financial responsibilities for the company are separate to those of the individual(s) who run it. Registration is important for both new business startups and international companies looking to trade in the UK. LIMITED… Read more »

The complete guide to starting a successful business

Setting up your own business is a big deal, especially if this is your first time doing so. Becoming an entrepreneur is not without its risks, but if you approach it strategically and methodically it could be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. This guide is designed to take you through the… Read more »

6 Successful Entrepreneurs Share Their Startup Stories

As part of our #SummerKick series of inspirational startup stories, we’ve asked 6 successful startup founders to share their journeys. From apps to agencies, these entrepreneurs certainly know their stuff; prepare to be inspired into action! Do you have an inspiration startup story you’d like to share? Tweet us @Comp_Address using #SummerKick for your chance… Read more »

10 of the UK’s most inspirational startups

Summer is upon us! Our #SummerKick is all about inspiring you to do start something new or push your business to the next level during the second half of 2017. To help give you some ideas, we’ve found 10 of the UK’s most inspirational startups. These businesses are all just a few years old and… Read more »

How much does it cost to register a business?

Registering a business in the UK costs between £12 and £100 depending on what method you choose. The cheapest and simplest way to register is online, but you can register by posting a form for a higher price. Online and postal services are the primary means of applying for registration for UK limited companies. If… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Bank Holiday Weekend: Time to Get Things Done?

How many of us say we’re going to put some time into starting our new business or growth initiatives for our current business, but struggle to find the time to actually make it happen? Like you, we understand that there are a lot of pressures on our time as business people. With the bank holiday… Read more »

How to Start an Online Business

Starting a new business is an exciting time. With the internet so much a part of our lives today, more and more people are choosing to start an online business. In this guide, we’ll layout the steps you need to take to get your new online business up and running. At this point, we assume… Read more »

How to Set Up a Limited Company as a Landlord

As legislation around landlord tax relief remains in flux, many buy-to-let landlords are choosing to set up their own company through which to manage their property(ies). This can have a number of benefits, including: Limited companies can still offset mortgage costs There are potential tax credits and tax gains for limited companies The finances for… Read more »

3 mistakes to avoid when choosing a business name

Starting your own business is exciting. You have taken that step to set up your own company and now you are pinning down the specific details to make your dream happen. In order to register your new company with Companies House, you need to fulfil a number of criteria, one of which is to have… Read more »

Limited Company Formation: How to Register a Business as a Limited Company

Every business trading legally in the UK must register with HMRC and Companies House. This applies to new business startups and to companies already registered internationally and looking to trade in the United Kingdom. A limited company is one which is registered with Companies House. The financial responsibilities for the company are separate to those… Read more »

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