• 16 things you must do before you start a new business

Andrew Jenkins, author of ‘You are more than you think’ looks at how you can become a better business owner by taking time out to re-connect with yourself and finding out what your true strengths and passions are.
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Limited companies – what is share capital?

by James Leckie ·February 27, 2015

The share capital in a private limited company is the amount of money invested by its owners in exchange for shares of ownership. Company directors are typically shareholders in their own companies. Shareholders exercise certain powers over how the company is run.
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Can I reclaim pre-company formation expenses?

by James Leckie ·February 26, 2015

A frequently asked question by company directors is which pre-company formation costs can be claimed back once the company has been incorporated?
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Whether your business is based out of your home, a local coffee shop or a beach hut in the Maldives, there are lots of ways to help your small business compete with the big players, and all you need is an internet connection. It is not necessarily about making your company appear to be something that it’s not, but about reaching a larger audience and utilising the tools that are available.
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How YouTube can add a human touch to your marketing

by James Leckie ·February 24, 2015

In today’s digital world most businesses have realised the importance of having a strong online presence, and many have recognised how what they do online affects how customers perceive their business, and even how easy it is to find their business in the first place.
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What is a dividend waiver?

by James Leckie ·February 23, 2015

There may be situations where a limited company would like to distribute a dividend to its shareholders, but for whatever reason, one or more shareholders would like to waive their rights to their share of the distribution.
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If you’re setting up an office, one of your initial tasks may be to source a reputable provider to supply your business telephony needs. The trouble is, unless you’re ‘in the know’, telecoms sales literature is, at best, confusing. And in some cases, some ‘offers’ turn out to be very misleading.
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How a stop list can tackle late paying clients

by James Leckie ·February 19, 2015

A stop list is a powerful tool for all limited company owners, and a simple way to protect yourself against carrying out further work for non-paying clients.
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What insurance costs can you claim via your business?

by James Leckie ·February 18, 2015

Most limited companies and self-employed people have some type of insurance cover in place. In this article, we look at which business insurance expenses can be legitimately claimed against your firm’s profits.
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How to hold great meetings, save time and energy

by James Leckie ·February 17, 2015

One of the most common issues that I come across, and hear people complain about, while consulting to many great companies around the world, is how frustrated they are by their ‘meeting cultures’.
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Employment contracts – a guide for business owners

by James Leckie ·February 16, 2015

If you take on staff to work for your business, you must take on board a number of duties and obligations towards your employees. Here, we look at what employment contracts are, and the paperwork you must complete in order to comply with employment law and avoid being taken to a tribunal by an unhappy employee.
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Tax saving tips for limited company owners

by James Leckie ·February 13, 2015

Here are some tax and finance tips which could help you save money as a limited company owner, based on our experience of running limited companies, and dealing with accountants and tax advisors over the past 15 years.
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Guide to directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance

by James Leckie ·February 12, 2015

D&O insurance will cover company officers and directors against claims for negligence, or breach of trust or care made by shareholders, employees, organisations or regulatory bodies.
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10 things you must do when hiring your first employee

by James Leckie ·February 11, 2015

Taking on your first employee is a big deal. Not only will you be handing over responsibility for part of your business to someone new, but you will also have to be aware of your duties and obligations as an employer.
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How to choose a limited company name

by James Leckie ·February 9, 2015

If you decide to start a new business as a limited company, you will need to choose an appropriate name. There are several important factors to bear in mind when thinking of possible names, including legal restrictions imposed by Companies House.
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What information should a dividend voucher contain?

by James Leckie ·February 6, 2015

When a limited company makes a dividend distribution, all shareholders should be given a dividend voucher, which can be in either paper or electronic form.
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Zero Hours contracts, used properly, can be a great way for employers and employees to gain flexibility in the workplace. However, they can just as easily be abused.
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What is a shareholders’ agreement?

by James Leckie ·February 4, 2015

A shareholders’ agreement is exactly what the name suggests; an agreement between the shareholders of a company.
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What is the Companies Act 2006?

by James Leckie ·February 2, 2015

The Companies Act 2006 is the main piece of legislation which governs company law in the UK. It is the longest piece of legislation ever enacted in the UK, with over 1,300 sections. Following eight years of consultation, the final provisions of the Act became law in October 2009.
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How much does it cost to set up a limited company?

by James Leckie ·January 29, 2015

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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