Our thinking

Fresh business insights and perspectives from our experts.

Apostille - How to authenticate documents for use abroad

10 Nov 2014
What is an Apostille? An apostille is a certification provided under the Hague Convention of 1961 for authenticating documents for use in foreign countries. The sole function is to certify the authenticity of the signature of the document. Put simply, an apostille is a certificate that is attached to another document so that it will be accepted when used overseas. Why... Read More AboutApostille - How to authenticate documents for use abroad »

By Tom Wakerley

Increase in company formations signals economic vitality in the UK

10 Nov 2014
In the first six months of 2014, 302,028 companies were formed in the UK. This compares to 260,380 company formations in the second half of 2013 – a 16% increase. The figures capture everything from significant subsidiaries formed by large international conglomerates to small business people just starting out and setting-up their first limited company. Whilst there are many... Read More AboutIncrease in company formations signals economic vitality in the UK »

By Carol Prince

Bright spark joins our Company Formations team

10 Nov 2014
Nikki Bedford is the newest member of Jordans Company Formations team having recently graduated with a law degree from the University of the West of England in Bristol. Here, Nikki tells us a little bit about her background, the challenges her new role presents and what the future might hold for her and the company formations sector... Q: Why did you choose to... Read More AboutBright spark joins our Company Formations team »

By Carol Prince

Company names – “same as” legislation

07 Oct 2014
Companies House has complex rules regarding same / similar names, plurals, symbols and terms requiring justification. Before even choosing a name you should check to ensure your chosen name is not the “same as” an existing name on the index of company names , or differs from one in only a trivial way. Should you use Jordans as your company formation provider we will be... Read More AboutCompany names – “same as” legislation »

By Adrian Healey

Top tips for choosing a name for your company

07 Oct 2014
Choosing a company name sounds simple, doesn’t it? But this single aspect of the company formation process can be a minefield, even for those in the know. Whilst selecting a name can be a fun and creative thing to do, it can also prove to be a complicated, frustrating and an exhausting process.  Here are our top tips to get you started: Now you need to consider whether... Read More AboutTop tips for choosing a name for your company »

By Adrian Healey

Pre-emption rights explained

07 Oct 2014
Q: In relation to shares, what are pre-emption rights? A: They are rights which protect an existing shareholder by ensuring they’re made aware of any potential movement in shares. This could include, for example, another shareholder wishing to transfer their shares or the company issuing new shares. Q: I hold ordinary shares in a private company. Do my shares automatically... Read More AboutPre-emption rights explained »

By Debbie Farman

Does a private limited company offer the best protection for my investment company?

25 Apr 2014
Everyone knows that forming a limited company is a great option when seeking to protect individuals and their assets and for this reason they have long been the choice of property investment companies. A lone investor acting as sole shareholder and director enjoys all of the protection that the company can offer him, whilst retaining full control of the day to day decisions relating to... Read More AboutDoes a private limited company offer the best protection for my investment company? »

By Dana Ewans

Cash is king but knowledge is power

14 Feb 2014
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) Q2 UK economic figures show the economy has entered a strong growth phase. Economic indicators show GDP growth is 0.6 per cent, with manufacturing up by 0.4 per cent, services up 0.6 per cent and construction 0.9 per cent. But as the number of B2B transactions are increasing how effective is your company's ability to collect cash on... Read More AboutCash is king but knowledge is power »

By Ray Ruffels

Company names - obligations to display

14 Feb 2014
Displaying the registered name at company premises Every trading company must display its registered name at its registered office and at any other ‘inspection place’.  This would be any location where the company keeps its statutory documents. available for inspection. The registered name also has to be displayed at any location where the company carries on... Read More AboutCompany names - obligations to display »

By Adrian Healey

Just a minute!

14 Feb 2014
The minutes of a company’s board meetings should provide an accurate record of proceedings at the meeting.  They will need to be referred to in the future so it is vital that they are accurate and concise. Here are our top tips :   Preparation is key. Take time to understand the agenda, and review any related documents, such as minutes from previous meetings... Read More AboutJust a minute! »

By Adrian Healey

Contact

Our friendly experts are here to help you:

What do I need to set up my limited company?

Use our simple checklist to ensure you have all the details you need at hand.

Find out more

Subscriptions

Keep informed with our free online newsletters and email updates.

Find out more