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

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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The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 detail what types of information limited companies have to disclose on all types of communications – both paper-based and electronic.
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The Companies Act 2006 governs how limited companies should display their details when dealing with members of the public. So, do you have to display your company name at the company’s registered address?
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Will 2015 be the year of digital frustration?

by James Leckie ·January 26, 2015

If your business provides digital solutions to any number of problems, you run the risk of frustrating your customers if you don’t communicate with them in the right way. Here, Prof. Steven Van Belleghem shares his tips to help you towards this goal.
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How to raise finance for your small business

by James Leckie ·January 22, 2015

You may need finance to get your business started, or seek an injection of capital further down the line once your business has grown. Here, we look at how most small business owners raise funding.
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Remote working – 5 mistakes made by businesses

by James Leckie ·January 21, 2015

Remote working is still seen by many as some kind of idealistic dream that would be riddled with problems when it came down to the practical implementation. However, that view is slowly changing and new legislation is likely to make remote working a reality for many of the UK’s businesses.
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How the Companies House Web Incorporation Service works

by James Leckie ·January 20, 2015

Thanks to the Companies Act 2006, and advances in web technology in recent years, it has never been easier (or cheaper) to set up a limited company. In fact, you can register a new company online via the Companies House Web Incorporation Service in around 10 minutes.
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Limited company officers – directors and secretaries

by James Leckie ·January 19, 2015

Whether you’re setting up a public or private limited company, all companies are run by appointed officials who have a number of statutory obligations and responsibilities.
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It is a requirement of the Companies Act 2006 that all companies keep up to date statutory registers. These must be kept at the registered office of the company (or other place notified to Companies House).
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Mortgages for limited company directors and contractors

by James Leckie ·January 15, 2015

Many business owners, including contractors, may have found it difficult to secure a competitive mortgage in the past. However, more enlightened lenders are happy to lend to limited company directors, who may find it hard to prove income on a ‘traditional’ basis.
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Pensions for business owners and contractors

by James Leckie ·January 15, 2015

Pensions remain one of the last remaining significant tax breaks available to contractors, freelancers and business owners. And with the sweeping changes to the flexibility surrounding how you access your pension, announced in the Chancellor’s 2014 Budget and Autumn statement, there has never been a better time to invest.
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You may have heard your accountant or your bank manager talk about fixed or variable costs, and wondered what they meant.
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If you’re a company director, or self-employed, you must submit your Self Assessment Tax Return (SATR) by 31st January to avoid any penalties. Most excuses for late delivery are rejected. With this in mind, HMRC has revealed some of the most pathetic excuses used by taxpayers who’ve missed the deadline in the past.
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How to register as self-employed

by James Leckie ·January 9, 2015

The alternative to setting up a limited company is to become a sole trader or a member of a partnership, i.e. to become ‘self-employed’. In this article, we look at how to register as self employed.
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Business communication expert, Graham Shaw, explains how small business owners can best use visuals during presentations, and how to avoid some classic mistakes.
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How to be assertive in business meetings

by James Leckie ·January 7, 2015

Dannie-Lu Carr explains how to negotiate powerful personalities and get your voice heard at business meetings, in an extract from her book ‘Brilliant Assertiveness’.
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Here are 5 things you can put in place to make your business more streamlined, and ensure that you’re on target for a prosperous 2015.
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If you’re self-employed or a company director, you must fill in an annual self-assessment form. If you’re submitting your return online, don’t leave things until the last minute, as you won’t be able to do so without an activation code.
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Tips for starting up a new business in 2015

by James Leckie ·December 19, 2014

A record number of people set up on their own in 2014, and with the economy continuing to grow strongly, next year could be an even better year for start-ups. Here are 10 tips from the Company Bug team if you’re thinking of starting your own business in 2015.
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