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Business start-ups

Claiming expenses

The rules that determine what expenses can be deducted from profit for tax purposes are essentially the same whether you operate as a limited company, sole trader or partnership.

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The national minimum wage and the national living wage

An employer must pay their workers a minimum amount per hour as defined by law. This is referred to as the national minimum wage or the national living wage.

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Green travel allowances

There are a number of schemes intended to encourage employers to make arrangements for their staff to travel to work by more environmentally beneficial means.

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Buying a franchise

Is buying a franchise of interest to you? This is one approach that many adopt in order to become an owner of an ‘established’ business.

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Raising finance for your business

Raising finance for businesses can be challenging to say the least. If you are thinking of expanding your business, or starting a new one, you will need to raise finance. What are your options?

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Partnership agreements

Did you know that if you have no partnership agreement, then the provisions of the Partnership Act of 1890 apply? Make sure you have a partnership agreement and that it is up-to-date.

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Business deductions

In order to attract a deduction in computing the profits of a trade or business any expenses must be incurred wholly and exclusively for the purpose of the trade. Capital expenditure is not an allowable expense (capital allowances are claimed on these costs), and certain other expenses are barred by statute.

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Proving your credentials to investors

People don't invest in ideas; they invest in people. You can have the world's best business plan with a truly original idea that is guaranteed to make a fortune, but you could fail to attract investment if the people behind the idea do not inspire confidence or have the necessary plans in place.

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Initial costs of starting in business

No new business is the same as another even if the product or service is similar. Review our summary of likely costs as well as making use of our start up funding calculator. This guide may assist in identifying some of those ‘easy to overlook’ costs.

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Forming a limited company

Although you can set up a limited company by buying a company online or 'off the shelf', it is usually advisable to seek our professional advice. There are so many options and pitfalls we strongly recommend working with us on your new business venture. Is it advisable to use a limited company? What are the tax benefits and consequences?

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