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Information Sites

This is very much a work in progress – a list of useful resources if you’re thinking of setting up a company, or if you’ve already taken the leap.

To add a genuinely useful resource, please email us.

Limited Company Advice / Resources

Startups – one of the original small business portals, still going strong.

AccountingWeb – Vast amount of accounting-related information, very relevant for limited company owners.

Business Zone – Business news and guides, from the team behind AccountingWeb.

– relatively new portal for small businesses, backed by some famous names.

Start Up Donut – another business portal, aimed at people thinking of starting up a new business.

GoLimited – Set up and register your LTD company for only £4.50.

Contractor UK – The IT Contractor portal.

Freelance Advisor – Site dedicated to the UK’s freelancers.

Guide to Freelancing – From the PCG.

Helpful umbrella company comparison site – Top 10 paye umbrella companies rated by service, price and HMRC compliance.

ITCA – How to choose the best IT contractor accountant.

Business Groups / Organisations

PCG – Representative group for freelancers and one-man-bands in the UK.

IoD – Institute of Directors – loads of advice and resources, as well as meeting space in major UK cities.

FSB – Federation of Small Business – the leading SME organisation / pressure group in the UK.

FPB – Forum of Private Business – significant pressure group / organisation.

BVCA – British Venture Capital Association.

BCC – British Chambers of Commerce – represents over 100,000 businesses.

British Franchise Association – useful information if you are considering buying a franchise operation.

CBI – Confederation of British Industry, influential lobbying organisation.

Government

HMRC – Including sections dedicated to VAT, Corporation Tax, PAYE and Starting a Business.

Companies House – the registrar of companies in the UK. Includes detailed guides on how to set up a company, and the rules and regulations which govern them.

Business Link – lots of guides to setting up and running a business.

Department for BIS – Government department of Business, Innovation and Skills

Intellectual Property Office – For trade marks, patents and copyright applications.

Accountancy / Tax Bodies

ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, including an online tool to search for a Chartered Accountant.

ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

ICAS – Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

CIOT – Chartered Institute of Taxation.