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Starting your business

We can help you set a strategy for success giving your business a competitive advantage.

For your new business to be successful you need to have a clear competitive advantage for your products or services. We can work with you setting up a strategy for success and working out your competitive advantage, supporting you to choose the right structure additionally advising on initial financial and the tax reliefs available.

Business considerations


How we can help

Making sure the business is structured in the most appropriate way to support your future plans and growth. From incorporation of the business through to capital structure and maximising the availability of grant funding and other allowances – our experts will support you at a time it is important you make informed decisions.

  • Business structure advice (sole trader/partnership/ corporate).
  • Incorporation advice.
  • Maximising allowances, credits, grants and exemptions.
  • Business loan protection.


Owner and employee considerations

How we can help

Recruiting and retaining top talent is key to the success of your business. We can advise on appropriate and tax efficient incentivisation schemes with a view to ensuring shareholder value is protected as the business grows.

  • Employee attraction and incentivisation.
  • Profit extraction and remuneration planning.
  • Share schemes including restricted shares and Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) scheme.
  • Key person / shareholder protection.

Risk and compliance

How we can help

With a new business comes a raft of regulation. Registration for VAT, PAYE, pension schemes to name a few. Failure to get it right early on can cause unnecessary administrative complications.  

  • Tax administration: VAT, corporate tax, personal tax, PAYE and other registrations.
  • Initial investment reliefs including Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs).

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Case study

Helping successful entrepreneur to invest in start-up 

Our client is a successful tech entrepreneur having sold his first business a few years ago. The start-up is a tech business in the mobile technology space.

The business’s latest project is an online phone system that allows businesses to manage their office calls anywhere. This is his second round of investment in new technology.

What help did they require?

The client need us to help him with setting up the new business with founder shares and also in implementing an Enterprise Management Incentive scheme for some key individuals they had engaged at the outset to help them develop the product. They were also looking to secure funding under the Enterprise Investment Scheme.


How did we help them?

We worked with the client to find the best structure for the business in terms of equity and loan for the founders and liaised with HMRC on their behalf both for the EMI scheme and the advance assurance for EIS. We also helped them revisit both aspects further down the line as more investment was required.

What did this mean for the client?

As a result of our help, the client was able to attract funding from investors in excess of £1 million by including the EIS status in his prospectus and business plan. Also he was able to attract and recruit talent with his share incentive scheme to help propel his new product into the market place.

Helping a business with research and development cash tax benefits

For many start-up businesses the early years are spent developing their product base and establishing their brand. This can be costly and tends to come at a time which is either pre-revenue or when sales are modest and income minimal. So for many early stage businesses having adequate funding is critical to the business’ ultimate success. Whilst there are many sources of funding available to businesses, for those that are innovative research and development (R&D) cash tax benefits can be available.

The Company was a start-up business seeking to access the global taxi market by manufacturing and selling roof mounted pods superior to those already on the market. 

What help did they require?

They sought to achieve this by developing a digital media pod that could provide remotely updated, location specific, digital advertising display messages. However, this required a significant investment in technology, and with limited funding available the company, they needed to access alternative sources of funding.


How did we help them?

We identified a number of different aspects of the development on which R&D cash tax benefits could be claimed and helped them prepare their R&D claim.

What did this mean for the client?

The R&D claim resulted in the company receiving £85,000 of R&D cash tax credits from HMRC.

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We help clients at every stage of their business lifecycle to achieve their goals.
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