What is a Holding Company?

Earlier this week Google announced that they are re-organising their business by forming a holding company called Alphabet. Holding companies are a pretty common way to organise large businesses but can also be useful for smaller organisations. Google’s main motivation for forming a holding company was to give it’s investors a better idea of what …

Most reports on the number of UK startups are rubbish

Another week, another report on the record number of UK startups. The latest one comes from the Centre for Entrepreneurs who are behind the Startup Britain campaign. It got quite a lot of attention including coverage in The Telegraph, on various business blogs and on social media. It’s claim that 600,000 new business are set …

Intel Still Top of the Company Names Tribunal League Table

Intel continue to be the organisation most frequently using the UK Company Names Tribunal. The recently released figures for 2014/15 show they are launching more than double the number of challenges through the tribunal than their nearest rival. The top ten companies bringing challenges to The Company Name Tribunal in 2014/15 were: Applicant Challenges Intel …

5 Startup Scams to Be Wary Of

Startups are as vulnerable to fraudulent activity as the most established businesses, in fact they’re arguably more so. The process required to get companies registered with Companies House and properly set up to begin trading makes them a prime target for scammers who are using increasingly sophisticated methods of deception. Many scams involve criminals pretending …

Why Your Limited Company Needs a Registered Company Name, Address and Number

The requirement of limited companies in regards to the registration of a company name and address and where this information must be displayed is quite clear. Under section 351 of the Companies Act 1985 every limited company is legally obliged to display its full company name, registration number and registered address on all business correspondence …

Company Name Rules are Changing this Weekend

The rules around limited company names are changing this weekend (more specifically on 31st January 2015). The rule change is part of a government initiative to cut red tape and business regulations and are the result of a consultation process which began in 2013. There are two main part to the changes which come in …

Stepdaughter’s Diagnosis Sees Businessman Launch Cystic Fibrosis Charity

As well as helping to form limited companies, we also help charities and not-for-profit organisations startup. Cystic Fibrosis Research UK is a recently launched not-for-profit organisation devoted to raising funds for research into cystic fibrosis. This hereditary and debilitating disease that is caused by a faulty gene affects over 10,000 people in the UK and …

Free Business Email

One of the first things most new businesses want to do is get a professional email address up and running. Emailing new clients or customers from your yahoo or hotmail address never looks very professional. Having personalised email on your business’s domain name looks much better and creates the right impression. To help new businesses …

Are Free Company Formations Really Free?

We recently saw that one of the national accountancy firms are charging their customers £125 + VAT to form a limited company. They justify this on their website by stating that: cheap online formations often don’t provide any telephone support, so if you do get stuck who is going to help you? We have even …