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.
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Limited Company Advice / Resources
AccountingWeb – Vast amount of accounting-related information, very relevant for limited company owners.
Business Zone – Business news and guides, from the team behind AccountingWeb.
Contractor UK – The IT Contractor portal.
Freelance UK – Site dedicated to the UK’s freelancers.
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.
HMRC – Including sections dedicated to VAT, Corporation Tax, PAYE.
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.
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