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12 Dec 2018
We are regularly asked: as a non-UK resident how can I open a business bank account in the UK? We looked in to this and here's what we found.
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03 Aug 2017
Most businesses make mistakes when they apply for funding we take a look at the most common mistakes made.
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18 Apr 2017
An EMI scheme could allow you to incentivise your staff in a tax efficient way, locking in key members of staff so you can grow your business quickly and efficiently.
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23 Feb 2017
In short, Working Capital is defined as, “The capital of a business which is used in its day-to-day trading operations”. It is important for small businesses to understand what their working capital is in order to manage every day operations; it is the capital which you have to work with. Find out more...
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29 Nov 2016
Accounts & Legal take a deep dive into the new Bank referral scheme: a scheme set to revolutionise micro and small businesses lending and change the way business borrow money in future.
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08 Sep 2016
Ensuring invoices are paid, and paid on time, is a critical issue for most small business owners, since unpaid bills (or even late payments) can seriously undermine a company’s cash flow.
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27 Jul 2016
The vote for Britain to leave the EU has caused a lot of political turmoil and uncertainty. Here's what a Brexit might mean for the governments policies for the UK's small businesses.
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18 Jul 2016
As the UK faces a looming talent shortage, can technology help British SMEs plug the talent gaps?
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13 Jul 2016
Even though England didn't win the Euros, Wimbledon was a massive smash, won by Andy Murray. Here's how your business can increase your profits from great tournaments like this one.
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27 Jun 2016
How should a small business owner go about giving employees shares in the business? What share schemes are available and do they offer any tax breaks?
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15 Jun 2016
Annual filings have taken a new shape and name; abridged accounts. For estate agents, this might mean than more information is available to collect on competitors from companies house. So what will this change actually mean?
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23 May 2016
Moonlighting is no longer a dirty word. Here's how digital technologies are encouraging more people than ever to moonlight.
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05 May 2016
Hiring new staff is and should be an exciting moment for any company. Just make sure you are paying them the correct salary. New rules have been enforced this year that you need to take into consideration.
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22 Mar 2016
Increasing numbers of people are going solo when setting up a small business, turning us into a nation of solopreneurs.
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25 Feb 2016
With the EU referendum looming, EU immigration is a hot topic amongst the electorate. But what’s best for middle England is not necessarily best for London’s business community.
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24 Feb 2016
As a global talent shortage looms, we offer four ways small business owners can compete with corporate headhunters and retain their very best talent.
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16 Feb 2016
This collection of free tools could be just the ticket to help transform you into a truly fantastic freelancer.
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22 Jan 2016
It was revealed after the Spending Review that the Business Growth Service, which includes the GrowthAccelerator programme and the Manufacturing Advisory Service, would be wound down. The question is: why?
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17 Dec 2015
Small business founders and sole traders looking to grow a successful business have access to far fewer government grants than entrepreneurs launching a new business, research has revealed.
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02 Dec 2015
A bank loan or overdraft may be the traditional route to finance for a small business. But banks can be unpredictable and reduce your overdraft at short notice or impose steep interest charges or penalties for missed payments. There is another option to help release cash flow and working capital with invoice factoring.
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07 Sep 2015
We quite often get asked to weigh up the merits of a new start up idea. We’ve put together four key tests that help determine whether or not a new venture will succeed.
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09 Jul 2015
This is the first Tory budget in almost two decades. Their majority win was in no small part down to convincing the UK they were the small business party. But yesterday’s budget was not good news for small business owners.
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01 Jul 2015
Accountants aren’t just bean counters. Their experience and expertise can be useful at any point in the life of your business. So what can they do to help your business grow?
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30 Apr 2015
Small businesses need to scrutinise every cost, but cheapest isn’t always best. Never has this been truer than when hiring an accountant. Cheap small business accountants may represent true value for money, or they could cost you more in the long-run.
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21 Apr 2015
Accountants will always tell you hiring an accountant will save you money. But small businesses have to watch every penny; you need to know you’re getting the best service possible, and when you’re starting out, it can be hard to know what to look for. What makes good small business accountants?
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03 Nov 2014
Entrepreneurs are risk takers, and sometimes things don’t work out as planned. When thinking about shutting down a company, there are three main routes available.
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29 Apr 2014
Take 10 minutes out of your schedule make a cup of tea and read these tips carefully. Consider what changes you could implement to make you and your business more successful and sustainable.
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11 Mar 2014
At Accounts and Legal we get asked a lot of questions about accounting costs so we have compiled a list of the most common ones and answered them for you; from finding the cheapest accountant in London to cheap tax advice for small businesses we have got it covered.
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28 Nov 2013
Choosing a company structure is one of the first decisions facing small business owners when starting up. There four choices available: Sole Trader, Partnership, Private limited company (Ltd) and Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), here we discuss some of the pros and cons.
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04 Aug 2017
We take a look at some Kickstarter campaigns to see what there is to be learnt from the world of crowd funding.
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02 Jun 2017
We take a look at how you can benchmark your business against your competitors and ask the question: should you be taking on another employee or getting more from the ones you have?
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23 Feb 2017
Who are your debtors and who are your creditors? Though these terms are seemingly straightforward they can often be confused. It is important to understand that the debtor and creditor process can work in different ways, especially for small businesses. This article explains it all...
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13 Dec 2016
It is the season to be jolly, in this article we explore VAT and Christmas markets. Who has to charge VAT and how much? If your thinking about trading at a Christmas market this year read on to find out what you need to know.
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07 Oct 2016
Accounts and Legal see business from every market and sector. We have recently seen a rise in the number of Amazon drop shippers we decided to investigate what they are and why more people are doing it.
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31 Aug 2016
It's time for a new Client of the Month! Get your math book out and pencils sharpened for this one, it's time to meet our featured client for September: Alphablocks Nursery School.
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18 Jul 2016
Britain is in the grip of an entrepreneurial revolution, and technology is playing an increasingly important role in driving this culture of entrepreneurship.
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14 Jul 2016
Data from StartUp Britain reveals that the UK is on track to incorporate a record number of new startups this year.
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29 Jun 2016
While it’s important to point out that nothing is certain at this stage, we take a look at how small business taxes might change as Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union.
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17 Jun 2016
Accounts and Legal are not like your usual accountants, we can also help you raise finance for your business, help you with business growth, market research and digital marketing. In this article we introduce to your our recently appointed business consultant Louis Lines, and how the team can help your business.
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26 May 2016
London may seem pricey and overcrowded to set up your own enterprise, but there are still plenty of opportunities for small businesses.
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11 May 2016
Ever wondered what statutory accounts are, and why you need to file them? What should even be in the accounts? Here's what you need to know.
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19 Apr 2016
If your small business is growing, but isn't quite ready to take hire its first employee, here are four low-cost alternatives to adding a permanent staff member to your team.
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29 Feb 2016
With one in thirty UK businesses failing victim to invoice fraud, how purchase orders help small businesses avoid being duped?
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25 Feb 2016
More than one million sole traders in the UK have had their applications for business financing rejected by high street lenders, but many are unaware of alternative financing options.
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18 Feb 2016
If you’re a student and you’re considering joining the UK’s growing army of self-employed freelancers, here’s what you could be doing and how.
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03 Feb 2016
Record numbers are becoming self-employed, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics has revealed. We reveal the pros and cons of life as a sole trader.
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22 Dec 2015
From following your dreams to making more money, there are plenty of reasons to start a small business. But is it better to pursue a business idea for passion or for profit?
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07 Dec 2015
In a small business’s early days the business owners may loan money to the company when other sources of funding are hard to come by, but as the company grows they may want to temporarily take money out of the business through a Director's Loan.
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26 Nov 2015
Many new businesses struggle to raise startup capital until they have proven their business model and gained some traction. When funding is hard to come by capital requirements are often funded by loans from company directors, which are then repaid as the new company begins to generate revenue. Here's how it works...
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24 Jul 2015
Money comes in; money goes out. Managing your cash flow may seem as simple as subtracting your outgoings from your income, but in fact it’s much more complicated. Follow these six steps to keep your cash flow healthy!
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03 Jul 2015
Online crowdfunding has drastically improved small businesses’ access to finance. We spoke to our delightful clients, Alice and Fleurette, co-founders of Attollo Lingerie, about their Kickstarter campaign to find out why they chose gift crowdfunding in particular, and how to do it.
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26 Jun 2015
Fifty percent of new businesses go bust in the first five years. The first thing you should do before starting your own company is understand the common pitfalls so you can avoid them.
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21 May 2015
All small businesses need good accountants. Businesses in London face the toughest competition, and need the best support. But there are hundreds of accountants vying for your attention; how do you choose the right one for your business?
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24 Apr 2015
Businesses across the UK often keep their search for an accountant local, mostly for convenience but also because they can be cheaper than city accountants. But nowadays, when everything can be done remotely, and with more standard pricing, might hiring an accountant in London be better for your business?
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03 Nov 2014
A company that is being closed because it can no longer meet its debts is known as insolvent. The options are creditors' voluntary liquidation or compulsory liquidation.
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18 Jun 2014
Although it may be completely unrealistic to make your customer swear marriage vows it is possible to build a lasting relationship where they promise to be loyal if you promise never to deliver less than the original attractive deal.
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14 Apr 2014
The simple answer to this is yes; there are no restrictions on a non-UK resident owning a UK company, however, there are some things that you need to know.
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14 Jan 2014
In 2013 a survey carried out by Accounts and Legal found that an astonishing 80% of small businesses wanted more commercial guidance from their accountant and overall only 10% were happy with their current bean-counter. There is a need for change.