Useful links

If you can't find what you are looking for on our website then here are some useful sites that could help you.

Start-ups

www.startups.co.uk
This is aimed at SMEs. It has a clear and simple design and combines news with practical advice. There's plenty of practical advice in a no-nonsense style.
www.princes-trust.org.uk
An independent organisation aiming to foster success in young people to start and develop their own businesses. Also hosts a national competition for start-ups to accelerate young business ideas. Free advice for 16 to 30 year olds.
www.newbusiness.co.uk
A comprehensive website dedicated to new businesses.
www.shell-livewire.org
Provides the latest information on how Shell Livewire assists people aged 16-30 who are looking to start their own business.

Business information

www.britishchambers.org.uk
This is the site of the British Chamber of Commerce, the national voice of local business providing a range of services including international trade, training and cost-effective commercial services.
www.fsb.org.uk
The Federation of Small Business is the leading political lobby for British small business.
www.yell.com
Home of the online version of the Yellow Pages. Search by keywords and browse by category. A hugely impressive site with massive investment.
www.accountingweb.co.uk
A website designed for the accountancy community providing accounting and taxation information.

Government

www.gov.uk
This site aims to tell you "everything" about the UK government.
www.gov.uk/hmrc
Advice from HMRC for small businesses and those going self-employed. It's surprisingly helpful and full of useful information.
beta.companieshouse.gov.uk
This provides information for limited companies, including name searches and basic company information.
www.bis.gov.uk
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
www.hse.gov.uk
Government health and safety advice.
www.statistics.gov.uk
This is the site of the National Statistics Office. It's updated regularly.

Search engines

www.google.co.uk
The world's most used search engine
www.bing.co.uk
Microsoft's popular search engine.
www.yahoo.co.uk
A very popular search engine.

Business news

www.ft.com
Up to the minute news, information and analysis.
www.bbc.co.uk
Find the latest news on the BBC's website.

Off-payroll rules for the private sector

The government has published the draft legislation for the next Finance Bill including the rules for off-payroll working in the private sector.

02 Aug 2019

Digital Services Tax

From April 2020, the government will introduce a new 2% tax on the revenues of search engines, social media platforms and online marketplaces which derive value from UK users.

02 Aug 2019

Insolvency hierarchy changes

From 6 April 2020, insolvency legislation will be amended to move HMRC up the creditor hierarchy for the distribution of assets in the event of insolvency.

02 Aug 2019

Private Residence Relief changes

The government published draft legislation for the next Finance Bill including draft clauses on the changes to Private Residence Relief .

02 Aug 2019

Working parents may be eligible for tax-free childcare this summer

The government is reminding working parents that they could ease this summer's childcare costs by using Tax-Free Childcare.

02 Aug 2019

VAT changes may cause construction chaos

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is warning that a major change in the way that VAT is accounted for in the building and construction sector which takes effect later this year may cause chaos.

02 Aug 2019

Wage growth at a high

Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that UK wage growth increased to 3.6% in the year to May 2019, the highest rate since the financial crisis in 2008.

02 Aug 2019

Updated guidance on spotting HMRC scammers

HMRC has updated their list of examples of websites, emails, letters, text messages, WhatsApp messages and phone calls used by scammers and fraudsters to obtain an individual's personal information.

02 Aug 2019