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Start Up Advice

Sole trader/partnership versus limited company
Choosing your accounting year end
Business plans
Sources of finance
Business structures




Accounting & Payroll

Preparing for your annual accounts
Charity reporting and accounting
Finance for non financial managers
Using accounting software
Using payroll software




Income tax self assessment
Corporation tax
National insurance & state pension
Company cars & tax
Company car and car fuel benefit calculator
Employee benefits
Charities and tax
Capital gains tax
Guide to inheritance tax
VAT – do I need to register?
Common VAT problem



Cashflow Management

Managing your cashflow


Financial Planning

Key issues in running your business
Your money and your business
Creating a valuable business
Increasing profitability


Company Secretarial

Company secretarial & directors guides


Tax Rates & Allowances

Tax rates & allowances


Latest Budget

Latest Budget



Revenue & Customs
Companies House



Government Sites

HM Revenue & Customs
HMRC is responsible for collecting the bulk of tax revenue, as well as paying Tax Credits and Child Benefits, and strengthening the UK's frontiers.

Department for Business Innovation and Skills
(Formerly The Department of Trade & Industry) central purpose is to help ensure business success in an increasingly competitive world. It is the voice for business across Government.

HM Treasury
The Treasury is the United Kingdom's economics and finance ministry.

Provides guidance for individuals and businesses.

Trading Standards
Trading Standards is a one stop shop for consumer protection information in the UK.

Charities Commission
The Charity Commission for England and Wales is established by law as the regulator and registrar of charities in England and Wales. Their aim is to provide the best possible regulation of these charities in order to increase charities’ efficiency and effectiveness and public confidence and trust in them.

Companies House
The main functions of Companies House are to, incorporate and dissolve limited companies; examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation; and make this information available to the public.

UK Statistics Authority
The UK Statistics Authority serves the public by promoting and safeguarding the quality of official statistics in the UK

Health & Safety Executive
HSE's job is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities.They conduct and sponsor research, promote training, provide an information, and advisory service and submit proposals for new or revised regulations and approved codes of practice.


Business Information

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Greater Manchester Chamber is the largest chamber of commerce in the UK. They are a prominent voice in the North West business community and deliver high quality help to all the businesses that are in their membership.

Acas aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. Their experienced advisers help organisations improve productivity through impartial advice, training, information and a range of problem resolution services.

Federation of Small Businesses
The FSB is the largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

Small Business provides useful resources, products and services for small business owners and start ups.

Accounting and Finance

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, They support over 122,000 members and 325,000 students throughout their careers.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) provides leadership and practical support to over 130,000 members in more then 160 countries, working with government, regulators and industry in order to maintain the highest standards.

Accountancy Age
News on business, tax, practice, careers, technology, green, corporate finance, financial reporting and much more.

Accounting Web is the premier online information source and community for over 90,000 accountants in business and practice.


New Business/Start Ups/Grants

Start ups
Business start up advice and information

Princes Trust
The princes trust is a UK charity that helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working.

New Business provides independent advice and guidance to directors and owners of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK through this website, the quarterly publication New Business Magazine, and the free weekly e-newsletter.

Shell liveWIRE
Shell LiveWIRE helps 16 to 30 year olds start and develop their own businesses

Comprehensive grant information for the UK & Ireland


Online Accounting Software

Free Agent Accounting Software
Sage One Accounting Software
Xero Accounting Software
Reducing the burden of traditional bookkeeping with the use of online software




















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