How to start a business

Starting a UK limited company is simple. Very often the only hurdle that gets in the way is jargon; ‘company-speak’ that formation agents, accountants and Companies House (the UK’s registrar of companies – we’re busting jargon already!) continually drop onto websites and into conversations. In this, our latest StartUp TV, we look at exactly how simple it is is to form a UK company limited by shares … don’t worry, we explain what that means too! Continue reading

To enter business awards or not? Guest post from The Good Web Guide


It is a question that entrepreneurs, business owners and management should ask themselves – whether to put themselves in the limelight and enter an award. As the organiser of one such programme, Arabella  Dymoke, of The Good Web Guide shares her thoughts. Having worked with businesses and startups over the years, The GWG knows what makes a winning site. Continue reading

How can your startup embrace the sharing economy?


Airbnb, Uber, Netflix, Zopa, Zipcar, Spotify and Lending Club. These companies, and many others like them, are a part of what is known as the ‘sharing economy’. This has become an extremely widely used term,  but nevertheless,  it’s important to understand exactly how this phenomenon came about. Celine Herweijer of PWC manages to summarise its meaning in a concise way saying  “The sharing economy is an interesting collision between megatrends. How I like to describe it is – ownership is old school. In other words, it’s around sharing or renting rather than buying and owning things long term.” Continue reading

European Bank to invest in British businesses.. and more

The Week in Startups

After last week’s hiatus – looking at the VW crisis – The Week in Startups returns for your usual fix of all the latest news in the SME world. In another boost for small businesses a large European bank has agreed to invest in a very popular peer-to-peer platform. At MadeSimple we believe in the importance of our products but also in dispensing important and relevant news that relates to you. Continue reading

Registering a company – when is the right time?

Registering a company - when is the right time?

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well with the month of September marking the end of the summer and the push into autumn – it’s no wonder people are keen to start registering a company. Continue reading

Online company formation with simple management tools for professionals – how does it work?

Online company formation with simple management tools for professionals - how does it work?

If you’re an accountant it’s likely that you manage various aspects of company administration for clients. This might include big things like formation or filing an annual return, or it could even be something smaller – like changing the name of a company secretary. Whatever the case, interacting with your clients business is a common thing. Continue reading

Is Company Culture A Fad? Or The Way Forward

Is Company Culture A Fad? Or The Way Forward

When you look at some of the most successful and innovative companies in the world you can’t ignore what their culture and philosophy is like. If there is anything valuable about a company for the people and employees involved – it is its culture. Continue reading

Post Company Formation: We can create Meeting Minutes

meeting minutes

Once your limited company has been formed, all your company information is stored on your company admin portal. From here you can make various changes to your company (appoint / edit / resign directors, update the registered office, add shares, and much more), check up on your annual return and annual account due dates, remind yourself of basic company information… and download meeting minutes. Continue reading