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How secure are your company authentication codes?

14 Feb 2014
With over 5 million company documents filed electronically at Companies House last year, security is often a concern. Every company has a single authentication code allowing them (or their agents) to electronically submit accounts, annual returns or other changes to the company’s details . Here are Companies House top tips to keeping your company’s code secure: Don’t... Read More AboutHow secure are your company authentication codes? »

By Lee Date

Incorporating for protection

14 Feb 2014
In this uncertain financial climate, setting up your own business can be risky. So follow our tips for choosing the best form for your business. With any new venture, it is important to minimise risk by getting the right advice at the start as to the form that your new business venture should take. Ask your solicitor, accountant or business adviser. Consider your options,... Read More AboutIncorporating for protection »

By Adrian Healey

We're supporting Start up Britain - are you?

14 Feb 2014
“The people best placed to help business are the people who do business." So said David Cameron on Monday as the Government launched a major new campaign aimed at new entrepreneurs, under the heading “Start up Britain”. The campaign is designed to deliver help and advice from existing businesses and entrepreneurs to new businesses. It has already attracted... Read More AboutWe're supporting Start up Britain - are you? »

By Carol Prince

Companies Act 2006 - one year on

14 Feb 2014
Companies Act 2006 – one year on With a recent BIS review  indicating largely positive feedback and good levels of awareness of the Companies Act 2006, we too have been in reflective mood.  What has the impact been for us and, more significantly, our clients? The highs… The Act has undoubtedly brought benefits, namely: easier company... Read More AboutCompanies Act 2006 - one year on »

By Wendy Rees

Top tips on choosing a company formation service provider

14 Feb 2014
In a previous post, we explored how in recent years the company formation process has become faster and slicker. Whilst all this is true, it’s easy to make sacrifices at the altar of convenience. Forming your own company is an important step to take and carries with it serious, legal obligations. So, before you click "OK", consider these factors: ... Read More AboutTop tips on choosing a company formation service provider »

By Carol Prince

Company formation - just as it should be

14 Feb 2014
The company formation industry today is very different to the one I joined more years ago than I care to admit to here. Back then, incorporating a limited company was a long, slow, rather languorous affair that could last several weeks. These days, it’s barely a one-night stand! Even the 1985 Companies Act did little to speed up a process that had remained largely unchanged for... Read More AboutCompany formation - just as it should be »

By Carol Prince

The Bribery Act 2010 - 6 principles for prevention

14 Feb 2014
A consultation document that includes draft guidance was issued by the Ministry of Justice on 14 September 2010. The consultation ended on 8 November 2010 and a final version of the guidance is due to be issued early next year. The guidance is designed to help commercial organisations of all sizes and to be of general application, to be used as a flexible guide. Itsets out six ... Read More AboutThe Bribery Act 2010 - 6 principles for prevention »

By Ray Ruffels

Limited Liability Partnerships – what’s the attraction?

14 Feb 2014
Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) have been around since April 2001.  For the organisation and the individuals who own it, a Limited Liability Partnership combines the advantage of being taxed like a partnership with limited liability, corporate personality and organisational flexibility. As predicted, LLPs have proved popular with law and accountancy firms.  But it... Read More AboutLimited Liability Partnerships – what’s the attraction? »

By Wendy Rees

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