• 16 things you must do before you start a new business
  • 5 apps every small business owner should download
  • The pros and cons of franchising
  • 10 things you must do when hiring your first employee
  • Starting a business after graduation – things to consider

What is Companies House?

by James Leckie ·October 22, 2014

Companies House is the Registrar of Companies in the UK. It oversees the incorporation and dissolution of all incorporated business structures, and acts as a central repository for information relating to all limited companies.
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Success Stories #9 – Ed Molyneux and FreeAgent

by James Leckie ·October 21, 2014

In this interview, we talk to Ed Molyneux, the CEO and co-founder of FreeAgent, the UK’s market-leading online accounting system, which has been designed specifically for small business owners and freelancers.
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What happens if you want to change your company name?

by James Leckie ·October 20, 2014

However good a company name may seem at the time of initial incorporation, there may be reasons why you want to change the name at a later date. So, how can this be achieved?
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How to make your small company look like a big player

by James Leckie ·October 17, 2014

Rapid advances in web technology over the past decade have made it easier than ever for small companies to compete on a more level playing field with their larger competitors. Here, we look at some of the cost-effective things you can put in place to make your small enterprise look like a larger business.
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In this success story, we talk to Wendy Kerr, who founded a successful business coaching company, Corporate Crossovers, which helps women leave their traditional 9-5 jobs behind and start their own businesses.
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If you work from commercial premises – either as a tenant or owner, you will probably have to pay business rates to your local council. Here we look at what business rates are, how much you have to pay, and the wide range of ‘relief’ schemes which are available to small businesses.
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Steps to follow when setting up a limited company

by James Leckie ·October 14, 2014

There are a number of steps you need to follow before you can start trading as a limited company, including choosing a company name, appointing officials, and the method of formation itself.
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Why do business owners choose to incorporate?

by James Leckie ·October 13, 2014

Why did you decide to set up your own company, rather than become a sole trader? A new piece of research from HMRC, based on interviews with 1,000 small business owners, shows what motivated people to incorporate – and what their priorities were before and after they started trading.
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Many small companies, including those providing professional services to clients, perform a lot of work from home. One of the most frequently asked questions by directors is what expenses can you legitimately claim back against your company?
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We talked to David Lester, founder of Startups – the UK’s most visited small business site, following the launch of his latest business – citrusHR, which allows firms to manage all of their employment law and HR processes on an all-in-one cloud-based platform.
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How to interview employees for your small business

by James Leckie ·October 8, 2014

When your new business begins to flourish, there may come a time when you want to take on your first employee. After you’ve created a shortlist of possible candidates, how do you find out if they’re a ‘good fit’ for your growing enterprise? This is where the interview process comes in.
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Limited company insurance – a concise guide

by James Leckie ·October 7, 2014

Given the number of potential misfortunes a typical limited company owner may encounter during the lifetime of a business, it will come as little surprise that insurance companies can provide dozens of different types of policy to cover pretty much any eventuality.
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Is my business idea a good one?

by James Leckie ·October 6, 2014

You crave the freedom, flexibility and control that having your own business would give you, yet you hesitate to take the plunge and start. You love your new business idea, but will anyone else? Fear of failure and not making any money are common inhibitors for budding entrepreneurs.
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How much does it cost to set up a limited company?

by James Leckie ·October 2, 2014

If you are thinking about setting up a limited company, you might be surprised to find out that you can incorporate a new company for under £20. Here, we look at how incorporation costs vary according to the formations service you choose, together with additional costs you may incur.
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Working out the true cost of renting office space

by James Leckie ·October 1, 2014

The Company Buy team recently moved into new offices. If, like us, you’re looking to upgrade your workspace, there are a number of additional costs you should be aware of.
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Here, we talk to William Buist, who built up a leading collaborative consultancy, and subsequently founded the exclusive xTen Club, which provides its members with the opportunity to learn from and work with other entrepreneurs.
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Here we talk to Robert Aldous, founder of KitBrix, an innovative and modular way of organising and transporting your sports kit. It took the company a mere 12 months from concept to store, and Robert provides our readers with some valuable lessons he learned along the way.
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Offline behaviour is the key to online success

by James Leckie ·September 25, 2014

Every day and all over the world, there are countless meetings taking place to determine the online strategy of companies. Almost every company has asked itself what role it should be playing on social media at some point, and while it is already a key discussion point, its importance only increases with every passing day.
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Is LinkedIn a useful service for business owners?

by James Leckie ·September 24, 2014

LinkedIn is easily the largest professional network in the world, with over 300m members. By summer 2014, over 16 million accounts had been registered in the UK alone. So, what are the benefits of using this social media platform for business owners?
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How to close a limited company

by James Leckie ·September 22, 2014

You can commence the striking off procedure for a limited company providing certain conditions are met, and the company has not traded for the past three months.
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