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...

 

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:...

 

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...

 

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.

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 stands for Small to Medium-sized Enterprise. An SME can be a limited company, partnership, or sole trader. There are...

What is a limited partnership?

When two or more people join together to operate a business, they often choose a limited partnership as their legal structure. Whilst it is fairly simple process to start a limited partnership, provisions regarding liability can sometimes pose major challenges to shareholders. Whoever enters into a limited partnership doesn’t just take over a part of the management duties, they also become...

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...

Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a way of raising funds for a project using an online campaign. It’s a popular way of financing, especially for private individuals and startups. Usually private individuals are addressed directly. Four main crowdfunding models have been established, which differ depending on the rewards you promise your donors in return. In our article, you will also learn about what makes a good...

Starting a side business

Are you planning on setting up a side business and want to know how to go about it? Starting your own side business while working full time is a great way to minimise your financial risk. Test the waters, but first make sure you are legally registered and that you are even allowed to work on the side. This article contains a step-by-step guide on how to make the process run without a hitch.

Blue Ocean – more success with the right strategy

The fight for significant market shares is particularly difficult for young companies. But even large, established companies can’t be successful in a market that’s going nowhere. In order to increase your profits sustainably, you should leave the competition behind and open up a completely new market. The Blue Ocean Strategy reveals how you can achieve more success with innovations.

An overview of the different business structures in the UK

The business structure determines a business’s legal aspects. It regulates the relationship between partners and shareholders as well as their relationship to the state and the environment. Here, we provide an overview of the most common business structures in the UK and explain what you should bear in mind when choosing which legal entity is right for you.

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?

General partner in a limited partnership: both managing director and general partner

All the risk, but all the freedom – this is one way you can describe being a general partner in a limited partnership. Whilst the other shareholders are “only” reliable for their own capital contribution, the general partner is liable with their total assets. Being a general partner comes with additional special rights – they are the only ones entitled to manage and represent the company.

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.