Company and Business Names Rules to be Simplified

Back in February the government launched a consultation on removing red tape around business and company names. The Department for Business have now published the results of this consultation along with the rule changes they are suggesting. Some of the changes being proposed are fairly technical. The more significant changes to have been suggested are …

5 Proposed Changes to UK Limited Company Rules

At the G8 conference in June the UK government announced plans to change some of the rules around limited companies. Their aim is to make them more transparent so that it is clearer who owns companies. In part this move towards greater transparency is a more towards more efficient taxation of company owners. It will …

UK Certificates of Incorporation and Apostille

A Certificate of Incorporation is often called the birth certificate of a company. It shows that a company exists and what its company number is (although not who owns it). The Certificate of Incorporation is often asked for when opening bank accounts or when signing big deals. The Certificate of Incorporation is pretty much the …

Reporting Fraudulent Use of Address to Register a Company

Although it is fairly rare we occasionally get phone calls and emails from people who have discovered that a company has been registered to their home address without their knowledge. Normally they find out when letters start arriving at their house addressed to a business or people they have never heard of. Limited companies formed …

What is a Registered Office Addresses?

When you register a limited company you have to provide a UK address for the company (known as your registered office address). Before you decide what address to use there are a few things you ought to consider 1 – You have to have one The point of having a registered office address is that …

New Changes to Charity Gift Aid Rules

On the 3rd of July 2013 the Government announced reforms to the Gift Aid rules. Gift Aid is a way for charities to claim back the tax on donations made by eligible donors. Though the Treasury reported that “last year over £1 billion was paid to charities through Gift Aid,” charities still need more help. …

Charitable Incorporated Organisations: Another Option for New Charities

A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is a new way to set up a charity. CIOs were first proposed as part of the Companies Act 2006 but, the final regulations were only passed at the end of last year and the first CIO registrations took place in January this year. The traditional way to set up …

What Age to Start Your Start-up Business?

The popular image of an entrepreneur tends to either be an old white man like Richard Branson or Alan Sugar or a young white man like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Much of the conversation around startups tends to focus on the young face of entrepreneurs and in particular on tech start-ups. The UK government has …