Business start ups and company formation

Business Start-ups and Company Formation

The more consideration and planning that is put into a business at the start, the greater its chance of achieving its objectives and sustainability. There are a number of legal entities that a business can take: Limited company, Sole Trader, Partnership and Limited Liability Partnership. Each of these entities have both advantages and disadvantages but we will advise you on which is the most appropriate for your needs and circumstances.

Although we can set up your business in any form required, it is important that consideration is given to a number of issues such as shareholdings, shareholder/partnership agreements, partnership shares, service agreements, remuneration packages etc. It may also be appropriate to discuss the benefits of employment versus self-employment.

Crucial to any organisation are robust foundations in terms of objectives, strategy and mutual understanding of responsibilities and expectations. This is a stage at which business plans, forecasts and corporate structure can be discussed and the most appropriate solutions agreed.

Following the legal formation of the business, we will:

  • Deal with the submission of statutory forms to the regulatory authorities.
  • Register the business with the necessary authorities for all taxation obligations.
  • Deal with VAT registration and discuss various VAT Schemes available.
  • Assist with opening a bank account and, if necessary, assist in raising finance.

If you would like to discuss our services in more detail please contact our SME team on 00 44 161 832 4901 or email


Our locations

St George's House
215-219 Chester Road
Manchester M15 4JE

T: 00 44 161 832 4901


 Central Buildings
 Richmond Terrace
 Blackburn BB1 7AP

 T: 00 44 1254 686 600


The Colmore Building
20 Colmore Circus Queensway
Birmingham B4 6AT

T: 00 44 203 478 8400



  15 Bunhill Row
  London EC1Y 8LP

  T: 00 44 203 478 8400


We are registered to carry on audit work in the UK and regulated for a range of investment activities by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Charles MacMillan is licensed to act as an Insolvency Practitioner in the UK by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Details about our audit registration can be viewed at for the UK (reference number 5386251). Our statutory audit work is subject to the Audit Regulations and Guidance issued by ICAEW, International Standards on Auditing (UK) and the Auditing Practices Board’s Ethical Standards promulgated by the Financial Reporting Council of Aldwych House, 71-91 Aldwych, London WC2B 4HN.

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