New measures to help home-based businesses

by James Leckie ·August 18, 2014

In recognition of the rapidly changing face of UK employment, the Government says it will implement new legislation to encourage business owners who start up from home, including protection for those working from rented accommodation.
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Franchising basics – the pros and cons

by James Leckie ·August 15, 2014

Franchising is a very specific business structure – it can be easiest to think of it as a kind of licensing, allowing an individual to run a company of their own, but using another company’s brand name, trademarks and suppliers.
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Claiming home office expenses – sole traders

by James Leckie ·August 14, 2014

If you’re self-employed, you can claim for a wide range of expenses against your tax bill, although you have to be careful to only apportion costs which have been genuinely incurred in the running of your business.
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UK’s self-employed army growing fast

by James Leckie ·August 13, 2014

A new study by the IPPR think tank shows that the proportion of people working for themselves is growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in Western Europe.
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How to get your small business online

by James Leckie ·August 12, 2014

Almost all businesses would benefit in some way from setting up a website – not only to sell products or services, but also to provide a brochure to potential clients or customers, or simply to provide contact information. So, how do you set up your own business website?
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In order to understand the reason for this, you need to understand the different types of rights that shares give their owners. Ordinary shares will generally have all of these rights but that doesn’t have to be the case and it’s this that gives rise to the benefit of different share classes.
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Companies House data – free of charge from 2015

by James Leckie ·August 8, 2014

From early 2015, you will be able to download information from Companies House free of charge, making the UK register company data more transparent, and saving searchers millions in fees.
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Business Accelerator event – London 23rd September

by James Leckie ·August 7, 2014

Some top entrepreneurs will be on hand to share the secrets of their success with ambitious start-up owners at the Business Accelerator Conference, which takes place in London in September.
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What types of limited company are there?

by James Leckie ·August 5, 2014

When most people refer to a ‘company’, they usually mean a private limited company which has shareholders. However, there are several other types of company which all serve a different purpose.
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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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What your LinkedIn profile says about you

by James Leckie ·August 1, 2014

Simon Philips, author of a new guide to professional networking, explains just how much a potential client can find out about you from your LinkedIn profile, and how you can use this to your advantage.
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Key considerations when valuing a business

by James Leckie ·July 31, 2014

Whether you have decided to sell or buy a company, or simply want to know how much your company might be worth, there are a number of conventional ways to value a business. In this article, we look at many of the intangible factors which should be considered when valuing a company, and often have more of a bearing on the real value of a business than any formulae can ever do.
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For this success story, we spoke to Dave Millett, who spent many years working in the telecoms industry before launching Equinox Communications, a consultancy and brokerage which shows companies and organisations how to save a fortune on their telecoms bills by avoiding industry ‘cowboys’.
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Can anyone be a limited company director?

by James Leckie ·July 29, 2014

In order to be appointed as a limited company director, you must be over 16 years old, and not be bankrupt, or disqualified from acting as a director by the courts – unless in certain circumstances.
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Almost every businessperson is looking to build their businesses and make more money – whether it’s more clients or selling more products. So why do some businesses make it so difficult to buy from them? Are you guilty of stopping people buying from you?
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Are giveaways at exhibitions useful or useless? The truth is; some are useful, some are useless. So what makes the difference? Here, Richard Edwards, director of Quatreus, explains that you need to work what you are trying to achieve first – promoting your brand, selling directly, or collecting customer data.
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How often can you declare dividends?

by James Leckie ·July 24, 2014

One of the questions many limited company owners ask their accountants is how often they can draw down dividends from their companies. Can you declare dividends on a monthly basis, for example?
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BackBliss is an innovative product which enables you to apply sun lotion to hard to reach places without having to ask for help! Its inventor, Caroline Wagstaff, tells us how she started up her company, the impact her appearance on the Dragons’ Den had on business, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.
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International bodies seem to be falling over themselves to upgrade their growth forecasts for the UK. The IMF recently hiked its predictions to 2.9% this year and the OECD to 3.2%.  This is all good news. But what does it mean for business owners?
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What is a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)?

by James Leckie ·July 17, 2014

An LLP provides its members with limited liability (like a limited company), but they are taxed in a similar way to self employed partners. It is a popular business structure in professional occupations, such as accountancy and legal industries.
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