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The Flat Rate VAT Scheme Explained

    If you are a business owner in the UK, you might be familiar with the concept of Value Added Tax (VAT). VAT is a tax on the value added to goods and services, as a business owner, you are required to register for VAT if your taxable turnover exceeds a certain threshold.

How do I let Companies House know that a Share Transfer has taken place?

The only way to notify Companies House about a change in your limited company’s shareholding situation is to file a confirmation statement. Whilst the J30 stock transfer form/s should be completed and kept when the transfers take place, the confirmation statement is the actual method used to let Companies House know about the change.

What is the “Return of Allotment of Shares”?

The “Return of Allotment of Shares” is the process of adding new shares into a company. For example, a company formed with 1 share can complete a “Return of Allotment of Shares” (also known as the SH01 form) and increase the number of shares to a new amount.

Startup Story with George Bevis, founder of Tide

In our latest interview we chat with George Bevis - founder of Tide, a business current account launched at the beginning of last year and counting 30,000+ members already - making it the fastest growing new B2B fintech in the UK ever.

The Budget – Key Points for Small Businesses

Yesterday’s Budget was particularly relevant for the small business world. Here we break down the key points that you need to be aware of:

Why Online Company Formation is the way to go if you are looking to register your business

Firstly, congratulations. You are now at a stage where your business idea is ready to become a reality.

The difficulty small businesses are facing accessing finance, and how iwoca is using technology and data to solve this problem

James Crowther owns one of Europe’s 20 million SMEs. Utilising his background in finance and fleet management, James’ vehicle brokerage business, Trade Vehicles Direct, finds clients the best deals on cars by sourcing direct from suppliers.

What is the Northern Powerhouse and how will it affect small businesses?

As a business owner it is important to know about wider issues - which may indirectly affect not just your venture but the business landscape in which you operate in. As a small business one of the most important skills that you will need to have is adaptability.

European Bank to invest in British businesses.. and more

After last week’s hiatus - looking at the VW crisis - The Week in Startups returns for your usual fix of all the latest news in the SME world. In another boost for small businesses a large European bank has agreed to invest in a very popular peer-to-peer platform.

How to arrange your meeting with Barclays and claim £50 Cash Back

All of our company formation packages come with the option to open a Barclays Business Bank Account. On top of this, once an account has been successfully opened we’ll give you £50 cash back.

Should shares in a Limited Company be paid for?

First, let’s look at what we mean by paid for. Paid for indicates that the value of the shares in a limited company have been paid into the company’s bank account (or other fund such as petty cash).

What do HMRC need from a new company?

Emily Coltman FCA, Chief Accountant to FreeAgent - who provide an award-winning online accounting system for small businesses - explains what companies must send to HMRC and when. Registering the company HMRC are automatically notified when a company is formed at Companies House, so about three weeks after registering your new company, you will receive an introductory letter from HMRC.

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