Company mission, vision, values

Mission statement vs. vision statement

 

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place:...

 

What is a small business?

Small businesses, explained

 

According to the Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), a small business is a privately-owned and operated business with a small scale of trade and a small number of employees, depending on the industry. Small businesses are commonly referred to by the European term “SME” which...

 

Stakeholder

Stakeholder - do you know your stakeholders?

You will most likely know the shareholders in your company. What does the stakeholder situation look like? The success of your company depends on various groups of people. Not all of these people are employed by you or have shares in your business. In particular, external stakeholders such as suppliers and customers, as well as the state and the general public, have a massive impact on the success...

Capacity to contract

What is there to know about the capacity to contract?

Regulations around individuals’ capacity to contract look at who may act in legal transactions and who may not or only to a limited extent. In this way, persons unable to contract are to be protected from unknowingly damaging themselves or others. Whether a person has the capacity to contract depends on their age or mental health. But what is the capacity to contract, what changes at which age...

Forming a limited partnership

Establishing a limited partnership: liability, costs, and more

A limited partnership is an attractive business model for people looking to start a commercial sector enterprise. It enables shareholders to reap the successes of a business without having to participate in management. Under what circumstances can a limited partnership actually be formed? What should future shareholders bear in mind when setting up a limited partnership?

Founding a general partnership

Setting up a general partnership: The path to a partnership-based business

If two or more partners want to start a business together, one of the simplest options is starting a general partnership. This business structure grants equal rights to all participants, but also imposes some serious obligations – namely, since a general partnership is a partnership, this means that the partners have to stand up for the company’s liabilities with all their assets. You should...

Partnerships overview

Partnerships, explained

When setting up a company, you should consider carefully which legal form to take, since the rights and obligations of the shareholders and the company itself depend on it. It is important whether you choose a corporation or a partnership – and the choice of legal form also plays a role. If you choose a partnership, you will have to deal with its different legal forms. We explain how these differ....

Business plan creation

Writing a business plan: here’s how to plan your venture

Before a business idea can be implemented, it is necessary to create a business plan. This serves as the founder’s roadmap, and summarises all necessary information about planning and finances. However, the business plan is also highly relevant for investors as well as potential financial and funding institutions, since it is a decision-making factor for loans and grants. Due to its importance and...

Company mission, vision, values

Mission statement vs. vision statement

Even if prices are raised and there are more affordable alternatives on the market, we will often continue to buy products from the same brand. The reason for this is the same as explaining why we always choose to fly with the same airline or get our coffee from the same place: we share the company’s values. These values are formed on the basis of the company vision and mission statement. But what...

What is a general partnership?

General partnerships: freedom and risks for merchants

Trying to start a business with limited capital? The general partnership can make it happen. The general partnership structure is a good opportunity for company founders to bring their business dreams to life by finally starting their company. According to the definition, general partners share everything: the management, profits, and losses. What exactly is a general partnership, and when is it...

What is a patent

The patent: protecting valuable ideas

Humans are always producing inventions in the hope of making life easier. If you invent something new, you can apply for a patent. Patent laws are there to protect the inventor’s work since the patent is by definition a property right. But what exactly is a patent, what is its history, and how do you file one?

VAT exemption for SMEs

Exceptions for small businesses - help or hindrance?

All beginnings are difficult - this also applies in setting up a business. Luckily, there are three special schemes where small businesses have an exception for all things accounting, including registering as VAT exempt. However, the status of a small business is not always helpful, and in some cases it may help to register for VAT even if you’re not obliged to – check out the pros and cons.

Get Started

Starting a business can be challenging. In this category, prospective entrepreneurs will find everything from coming up with a sustainable idea and creating a strong business plan, to funding, legalities, and the key steps required to get a project off the ground.