Latest Blogs in Start Ups
Amanda Newman
8th March 2017 Budget 2017

What’s in it for the self-employed? Starting with the good news, those with a turnover of less than £85k have been delayed from having to adopt accounting software and quarterly reporting under HMRC’s new Making  Tax digital until April 2019. However, on the downside, you will have to pay 10% class 4 national insurance rather…

Steve Smith
18th February 2017 Growth Funding

Anglia LEP: Offering £1/2m grants towards business expansion. The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is calling for local businesses wanting to grow and create new jobs to apply for grants up to £500,000 through the Growing Business Fund. Businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk may apply for a grant of up to 20% of the total cost…

Amanda Newman
18th October 2016 Limited Company v Sole Trader

Minimising the tax paid on profits is a key aim of most SME businesses. The tax benefits of trading through a limited company, as compared to operating as a sole trader or partnership, soon becomes attractive as profits grow.

Amanda Newman
25th July 2016 Summer Holiday Dreaming

Dreaming of Starting your own Business? The summer holidays are here, which means for most people you will have the traditional summer break, and then face the prospect of returning to work. This is when thoughts may wander to starting your own business – working for yourself rather than for someone else. For many this…

Steve Smith
13th July 2016 Business Grants

Business Grants: For East Anglian SME’s. Growing Business Fund– grants of up to £500,000 for companies that are expanding and creating jobs. BEE Anglia (Business Energy Efficiency) – provides grants of up to £20,000 at an average of 28% intervention rate to implement next-phase technology to reduce carbon emissions or save costs. The Employer Training Incentive…

Jadi Coe
8th July 2016 Business Name Protection

NewCo: Select and protect a unique company name. When a new company incorporates, its name should not be exactly the same as another registered company’s name or too similar to another. Same names also include those where the only difference is punctuation, a special character or particular words e.g. UK; .com. Too similar names may…

Richard Alecock
5th July 2016 Start-up Support

Itchy Feet: Is now the time to start your own business? We are here for all of your accountancy requirements, Corporation Tax, Income Tax, VAT, PAYE, as well as Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax. We pride ourselves at being experienced with dealing with businesses and being available no matter how big or small the…

Scott Bishop
27th May 2016 Preparing to trade

Start-ups: Maximise tax relief on pre-trading expenses. When starting out in business, it is possible that you will incur significant costs before you start trading. Some common expenses that fall into this category are advertising, insurance, rent & rates, stationery, machinery leasing and website hosting. The good news is that such expenses incurred no more…

Steve Smith
13th April 2016 Business Credit Rating

Business Credit Rating: Poor rating hurting your business? If there is one positive that has come out of the UK’s double-dip recession, then it is reminding businesses of how important their credit rating is. In many sectors, both suppliers and customers have now re-engineered their processes to routinely look at a company’s credit ratings. Within the UK,…

Ian Piper
24th January 2016 Limited Company v Sole Trader

As the tax calculations below illustrate, based on the UK tax rates and thresholds for 2016/17 (ie applying the new dividend taxation rules), a limited company still results in a lower overall tax/NIC charge than a sole trader (allowing for the extra accountancy fees incurred through trading as a limited company), whilst profits are above…