Can I claim Statutory Maternity Pay if I’m a director?

You probably can. In order to qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay you must have been continuously employed by the same employer (in this case your Company) in the 26 weeks going into the qualifying week of your maternity, (around 15 weeks before the due date).  You...

What do I have to do to take on an employee?

If you take on an employee you will have to consider: Employer’s National Insurance, Employers Liability Insurance, Statutory Holidays, Auto Enrolment etc. If you hire a self-employed worker it could be more beneficial because you will have significantly fewer legal...

SME R&D tax credits rules

From 1st April 2021, the maximum amount of payable R&D tax credit which an SME (a Small or Medium Enterprise – which is defined as no more than 500 employees and either turnover of no more than €100m, or balance sheet total of no more than €86m) can claim is...

Why should I use an LLP?

A Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) is safer than a typical Partnership, just as a Limited Company is safer than a Sole Trader business – because of ‘limited liability’. Safer because:  The advantage an LLP has over a Partnership is that Partners in LLPs are not...

Should I set up as a Sole Trader for my new business?

Not necessarily, a Limited Company can result in you paying less tax and – while a Company owner might lose their business – a Sole Trader (self-employed) can lose personal assets as well! See video. If profits are below about £12,570, acting as a Sole...

Starting a business checklist – 20 things to consider

When starting a business there are a lot of things to think about and a checklist can be useful. The checklist below is not exhaustive but it does include tasks that are sometimes overlooked by people starting out in business.  It is always worth talking to an...