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Legal Entities - The Basics

You must choose a structure for your business. This structure will define your legal responsibilities, like the paperwork you must fill in to get started, the taxes you’ll have to manage and pay, how you can personally take the profit your business makes and your personal responsibilities if your business makes a loss. Find out how to choose the right legal structure for your business and how to change it if you find a new structure suits you better.


Sole Trader
 

If you start working for yourself, you’re classed as a self-employed sole trader - even if you’ve not yet told HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

As a sole trader, you run your own business as an individual. You can keep all your business’s profits after you’ve paid tax on them.

You can employ staff. ‘Sole trader’ means you’re responsible for the business, not that you have to work alone.

You’re personally responsible for any losses your business makes.

Tax responsibilities

You must:

  • send a Self Assessment tax return every year
  • pay Income Tax on the profits your business makes
  • pay National Insurance

You must also register for VAT if you expect your takings to be more than £83,000 a year.

Limited company
 

A limited company is an organisation that you can set up to run your business - it’s responsible in its own right for everything it does and its finances are separate to your personal finances.

Any profit it makes is owned by the company, after it pays Corporation Tax. The company can then share its profits.

Ownership

Every limited company has ‘members’ - the people or organisations who own shares in the company.

Directors are responsible for running the company. Directors often own shares, but they don’t have to.

Legal responsibilities

There are many legal responsibilities involved with being a director and running a limited company.

Types of company

Limited by shares

Most limited companies are ‘limited by shares’. This means that the shareholders’ responsibilities for the company’s financial liabilities are limited to the value of shares that they own but haven’t paid for.

Company directors aren’t personally responsible for debts the business can’t pay if it goes wrong, as long as they haven’t broken the law.

Example

A company limited by shares issues 100 shares valued at £1 each when it’s set up. Its 2 shareholders own 50 shares each and have both paid in full for 25 of these.

If the company goes bust, the maximum the shareholders have to pay towards its outstanding bills is £50 - the value of the remaining 25 shares that they’ve each not paid for.

Private company limited by guarantee

Directors or shareholders financially back the organisation up to a specific amount if things go wrong.

Public limited company

The company’s shares are traded publicly on a market, such as the London Stock Exchange. You can also consider setting up a private unlimited company as an alternative legal structure. Directors or shareholders are liable for all debts if things go wrong.

How to set up a limited company

You must register the company with Companies House and let HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) know when the company starts business activities. Tax responsibilities Every financial year, the company must:

  • put together statutory accounts
  • send Companies House an annual return
  • send HMRC a Company Tax Return
The company must register for VAT if you expect its takings to be more than £83,000 a year.

If you’re a director of a limited company, you must:

  • fill in a Self Assessment tax return every year
  • pay tax and National Insurance through the PAYE system if the company pays you a salary

'Ordinary' business partnership
 

In a business partnership, you and your business partner (or partners) personally share responsibility for your business.

You can share all your business’s profits between the partners. Each partner pays tax on their share of the profits.

Partnerships in Scotland (known as ‘firms’) are different, and have a ‘legal personality’ separate from the individual partners.

Legal responsibilities

You’re personally responsible for your share of:

  • any losses your business makes
  • bills for things you buy for your business, like stock or equipment
You can set up a limited partnership or limited liability partnership if you don’t want to be personally responsible for a business’ losses.

A partner doesn’t have to be an actual person. For example, a limited company counts as a ‘legal person’, and can also be a partner in a partnership.

You must choose a name for your partnership and register it with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tax responsibilities

The nominated partner must send a partnership Self Assessment tax return every year.

All the partners must:
  • send a personal Self Assessment tax return every year
  • pay Income Tax on their share of the partnership’s profits
  • pay National Insurance
The partnership will also have to register for VAT if you expect its takings to be more than £83,000 a year.

Limited partnership and limited liability partnership
 

Your liability for business debt differs depending on whether you’re a limited partnership or limited liability partnership (LLP).

You can share all the business’s profits between the partners. Each partner pays tax on their share of the profits.

Limited partnerships

The liability for debts that can’t be paid in a limited partnership is split among partners.

Partners’ responsibilities differ as:

  • ‘general’ partners can be personally liable for all the partnerships’ debts
  • ‘limited’ partners are only liable up to the amount they initially invest in the business
General partners are also responsible for managing the business.

Limited liability partnerships (LLPs)

The partners in an LLP aren’t personally liable for debts the business can’t pay - their liability is limited to the amount of money they invest in the business.

Partners’ responsibilities and share of the profits are set out in an LLP agreement. ‘Designated members’ have extra responsibilities.

Tax for limited liability and limited partnerships

Every year, the partnership must send a partnership Self Assessment tax return to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

All the partners must:
  • send a personal Self Assessment tax return every year
  • pay Income Tax on their share of the partnership’s profits
  • pay National Insurance
You must also register the partnership for VAT if you expect your business’s takings to be more than £83,000 a year.

Unincorporated association
 

An ‘unincorporated association’ is an organisation set up through an agreement between a group of people who come together for a reason other than to make a profit, eg a voluntary group or a sports club.

You don’t need to register an unincorporated association, and it doesn’t cost anything to set one up.

Individual members are personally responsible for any debts and contractual obligations.

If the association does start trading and makes a profit, you’ll need to pay Corporation Tax and file a Company Tax Return in the same way as a limited company.

Change your business structure
 

What you need to do depends on the type of business, if you’re VAT-registered and if you employ people.

Set up the new structure

Follow the normal steps to setting up as a:

  • sole trader
  • business partnership
  • limited company
  • limited partnership
  • limited liability partnership (LLP)
Tell HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

If you’re VAT-registered, you must tell HMRC within 30 days of the change or else you’ll face a penalty.

You will need to either:

  • cancel your VAT registration and re-register
  • transfer your existing VAT registration
You can do this online or send a form to HMRC by post. The address is on the form.

If you employ people, you’ll also need to talk to HMRC about the change.

Sell your business

If you’re a self-employed sole trader, in a partnership or own a limited company, there are certain rules you must follow when you sell your business.

Close an existing structure

If you want to close down your existing business structure, follow the usual steps.

To no longer be a sole trader

You’ll need to:

  • tell HMRC you’re no longer going to be self-employed and they’ll cancel your Class 2 National Insurance contributions
  • complete a Self Assessment tax return as usual (you’ll then start to submit tax returns the next year for your new business structure)
To close a business partnership

You’ll need to make sure your nominated partner fills in a tax return when the partnership ends.

If the business partnership will continue without you as a partner, you must still complete a Self Assessment tax return as usual. You’ll then start to submit tax returns the next year for your new business structure.

To close a limited company

You’ll either need to close your limited company or make it dormant.

Changing to a public limited company or an unlimited company

It is possible to change a limited company to a public limited or unlimited company.

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New partnership to fund entrepreneurial visions

Tuesday 24 April 2018

A new partnership has been formed to provide commercial finance to entrepreneurs who want to launch or grow businesses across the Yorkshire region. The recently-launched Business Catalyst Club has agreed a deal with commercial finance brokers ABL Business to create Business Catalyst Finance. The partnership will complement the equity and venture capital activities of the Business Catalyst Club by providing access to a broad range of funding options such as commercial property finance, business loans and venture capital along with alternative finance opportunities like asset-based lending and peer-to-peer lending. The “dealmaker” Business Catalyst Club was recently launched to promote business growth by creating beneficial relationships, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and decision-makers from across the region to share new and exciting opportunities. Their invitation-only quarterly lunches create an effective platform for a select number of ventures seeking capital to showcase their proposals to members and guests – many of whom are business angels, private investors and institutional lenders. Proposals are considered from start-ups to more established trading businesses. The new collaboration with Cleckheaton-based ABL Business follows the organisation’s first event held at Manahatta Greek Street, in Leeds. The partnership has already been called on to feed into a number of projects resulting from the event, including sourcing a business loan for a software company, organising asset finance for a machinery rental company and coming up with a bespoke cashflow package for a facilities management firm. Business Catalyst Club Founder and Director Graham Shiers said: “We had an overwhelming response to the launch – we have hit the ground running and are already helping to bring some imaginative opportunities to fruition. “We now want to add even more value by broadening the way we help entrepreneurs to source funding for their projects alongside our role in facilitating the right commercial and professional introductions. As well as enabling opportunities through Venture Capital, Business Angels and other investors, we can now help people access commercial finance support from over 120 lenders available through our ABL Business partners”. Joint Managing Director of ABL Business, Andy Redman, said: “We were delighted to attend the first Business Catalyst Club lunch which brought together key players from across the region, representing a whole range of sectors. The event attracted entrepreneurs armed with an array of ambitious and imaginative business ideas. “The event was truly inspirational. We were already impressed with what Graham is doing and had felt inspired to get involved on a much deeper level. By joining forces, we will be able to reach out to the Business Catalyst Club’s extensive network of contacts and we’re eager to play our part in turning some great projects into reality”. The next Business Catalyst Club lunch will take place at a chosen venue in Leeds on Thursday, May 17. For further information visit www.businesscatalystclub.co.uk
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
Interested in Finding Out What Business Banking Can Do To Help Grow & Develop Your Business

Thursday 12 April 2018

On the 25th April 2018 Matt Caie, who is Barclays Business Manager in Huddersfield, will be with us in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre on Firth Street, Huddersfield. Matt specialises in Business Banking, seeking to help grow and develop businesses through regular contact and advice and assisting companies in overcoming the challenges faced in meeting goals. Why not pop along to our Business Engagement Centre between 1pm and 4pm to have a chat and get some no obligation, business banking advice for your company! Look out for future dates/times that Barclays and other Business Support Specialists are with us and remember, the Business Engagement Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to help address the bespoke needs of your business and to provide no obligation, impartial advice and solutions or just a general chat about your company and any challenges you face. We look forward to seeing you!
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Accountants branch out to offer end-to-end financial services

Wednesday 07 March 2018

Yorkshire-based Pierrepont Accountants have expanded their business offer by branching out into the commercial finance sector. The long-established company in Holmfirth, near Huddersfield, has traditionally specialised in providing accounting, taxation and payroll services to small businesses, helping them to improve their profitability and grow. The innovative new business arm enables Pierrepont to offer a fully-rounded package of financial services, providing end-to-end support for clients. Additional services will include support in areas like accessing commercial property finance, business loans and venture capital along with alternative finance options such as asset-based lending and peer-to-peer lending. Pierrepont Director Jonathan Hill, a CIMA registered accountant, said: “We’ve always prided ourselves on offering a friendly, personalised service, which builds up a strong relationship of trust. Recently we’ve had a lot of clients who are ready to grow their business asking for advice on how to access the necessary finance. Others have needed help to overcome cashflow problems identified through our forecasting process. “At a time when face-to-face contact is widely being replaced by automated services, we’ve found that many business owners are uncomfortable about sharing their sensitive financial information with numerous, often unfamiliar, organisations. In a nutshell, they prefer to talk to one trusted individual with a single central point of contact. “So, we decided to respond by introducing this additional function into our business mix. This now enables us to accompany our customers along the whole of their journey and allows them to obtain all their financial support in one place. We have expert advisers in place with access to over 120 finance companies available to meet each customer’s individual commercial funding needs.” For further information visit http://pierrepont.accountants/ Caption (Landscape pic) L-R Accountants Dan Smith and Carole Pierpoint, Trainee Accountant Katie Walden, Director Jonathan Hill and Payroll and Pension Administrator Amy Robison.
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
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Friday 23 February 2018

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Kirklees’ Biggest Business Conference Returns

Tuesday 06 February 2018

Following on from the huge success of the 2017 Conference, the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is delighted to be hosting their 2018 Kirklees Business Conference (KBC) at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield on Wednesday 21st March. The free, one-day conference has become an unmissable event in the local business calendar which is dedicated to helping businesses to connect, learn and grow. Attracting over 600 business people and 50 exhibitors, KBC includes a fantastic programme of engaging seminars, a discussion panel, surgery sessions and open networking throughout the day. This year the Mid Yorkshire Chamber is proud to announce an official partnership with Google bringing a Digital Garage to KBC as part of the seminar programme. Running alongside the four seminar sessions, more surgery sessions will also take place following their success last year. Held by local businesses located in the stadium boxes, the surgeries will provide the opportunity for companies to run their own seminars, workshops or one to ones. Rory Bourke, Events & Sponsorship Co-ordinator at the Chamber said: ”Kirklees Business Conference is definitely shaping up to be a day not to be missed. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to raise your profile, make new contacts and learn from other experienced professionals. There are many opportunities for local businesses to get involved through sponsorship, exhibiting or attending as a delegate.” Confirmed conference sponsors and partners include; AD:VENTURE, The John Smith’s Stadium, The Design Mechanics and Social Progress. Delegate tickets are free but registration is essential, significant interest is anticipated therefore early delegate booking via www.kirkleesbusinessconference.co.uk is advised to avoid disappointment. For further information about the conference follow @MYBizConfs and #KirkleesConf on twitter. To find out more about sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please email events@mycci.co.uk or call 01484 483679.
Posted by Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
Partnership deal to deliver funding for global business

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Yorkshire-based business consultancies ABL Business and Praesum Partners have agreed a partnership deal to provide a specialist commercial funding service to high worth entrepreneurs and their businesses across the globe. The new operation can fund business activities even where banks or traditional funding sources are reticent or too slow to react to a changing market and opportunities that such changes present for early adopters. The companies’ deep understanding of the commercial aspects of finance-raising, combined with a their knowledge of the issues facing family offices, trustees of family businesses, partnerships and investment companies, means they can get quick decisions for business projects. Since joining forces, the two companies have already collaborated to source commercial funding for major UK and international projects in Dublin, Monaco, Dubai and the Georgian capital, Tblisi. These range from property developments, such as hotels and luxury apartments to biotech businesses and technology innovations for export to developing countries. Andy Redman, joint Managing Director of ABL Business, said: “The proposition naturally includes funding packages for high-value assets for time-constrained entrepreneurs - items such as private jets and helicopters as well as luxury cars and yachts. Yet we are equally at home with asset financing, from car fleets to specialised plant, project finance, development finance, invoice finance, commercial property finance and straight-forward business finance. “One key distinction is that having over 120 lenders on our panel, including entrepreneurial groups of funders, means we are not reliant on one source to finance any particular transaction. Factoring lending requirements in this way means we can get to “yes” on very commercial terms in most cases presented to us”. ABL Business, based in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, provides asset and development finance to businesses and has been growing rapidly and expanding out across the UK since launching nearly five years ago. This new deal will take the company to the next level, enabling them to reach an affluent and influential international market. Praesum Partners, based in Wetherby, near Leeds, are advisors to HNWIs (High Net Worth Individuals) – people earning over £100,000 p/a, or having investable assets worth more than £250,000 - and Ultra HNWIs - those with assets of £20million or more. Neil Manaley, joint Managing Director of Praesum Partners, said: “Our clients and contacts have been asking us for some time to find a solution to the ever-widening “funding gap” - that is the gap between what commercial lenders will or will not do and what is then left for traditional equity providers. When it comes to raising finance, clients prefer to have all their transactions securely arranged through one dedicated advisor team who know them well and have worked closely with them to understand their specific needs”. “By joining forces with ABL we are able to bring our clients some certainty in an uncertain market, bringing direct access to commercial finance when they need it, thus providing a seamless end-to-end service”. Andy Redman added: “With access to 120 funding providers, we’ve been able to help thousands of businesses, mainly SMEs, to grow by finding them the funding they need. We’ve been extending that support across the UK through a growing network of appointed representatives who are in a position to liaise with their local business communities. “This relationship with Praesum Partners enables us to reach a completely new client group on a global level. We’re extremely excited to be sourcing funding for such major projects - some amounting to multi-million pound international developments - and helping them to come to fruition.” Photo Caption: Joint MDs Alex Beardsley, (ABL Business) Neil Manaley, (Praesum Partners) Tim Thornton (Praesum Partners) and Andy Redman (ABL Business).
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
New appointment for leading Huddersfield accountancy practice

Wednesday 29 November 2017

Huddersfield based accountancy practice, Sheards Accountants, have expanded their team with the appointment of a Senior Accountant. Zoe Lunn has joined from a small firm based in Westvale; as an AAT qualified accountant with over 10 years’ experience, Zoe will be responsible for year-end accounts and management accounts for limited company clients at Sheards. Zoe Lunn commented: “I am delighted to be joining such a reputable and well-established firm of accountants. I’m really looking forward to utilising my skills and expertise at Sheards, while working towards my ACCA qualification.” Speaking on the appointment, Kevin Winterburn - Director at Sheards Accountants, commented: “Zoe joins us at a really exciting time, having recently announced our Platinum Partnership with leading cloud accountancy provider QuickBooks UK and with a number a recent new business wins and more potential accounts in our sales pipeline. We’re really pleased to have Zoe on board and feel she is a great fit for our business to further enhance the quality and skills of our team as we continue to grow.”
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Around Town In the Huddersfield Live Hygge Tipi

Wednesday 15 November 2017

What better time to get together than Christmas? Around Town believe that connecting the business community of Huddersfield in its iconic locations and organisations is a brilliant way to share ideas, hear inspirational stories and have some FUN. Organised by Oli Smith, Michelle Crowther and Chris Buckley Around Town create memorable events every 3 months. 2018 plans are already underway; “as well as meeting at some amazing businesses we are walking Around Town in Spring - a fantastic way to get to know each other whilst experiencing some award winning locations and scenery in Huddersfield “ says Michelle And with Huddersfield Live December promises to be a memorable Around Town event. Hosted in the Hygge Tipi in St Georges Square, hear Sam Watt and Poppy Stahelin tell of the fabulous work the team at Huddersfield Live are doing and some of the stunning events planned for next year. Laura Drury sets the backdrop of how she formed the The Hygge Tipi and how it creates a convivial atmosphere for Huddersfield folk to mingle, drink mulled wine, and keep the winter night out in front of the log fire. All In the heart of Huddersfield. Tickets are limited and can be reserved FREE here. Chamber members old and new are very welcome. Around Town Events for 2018 confirmed. March 1st - Valli Opticians May 17th - Owen Scott Tailors May 25th - (Walk) Around Town - 15miles (approx) Breakfast Sarnies, The Kirklees Way, Finish in a Brewery!
Posted by The Alternative Board
Huddersfield Accountants become QuickBooks UK Platinum Partner

Wednesday 08 November 2017

Sheards Accountancy have announced that they have been made a Platinum Partner of leading cloud accountancy provider QuickBooks UK, owned by Intuit, and are currently the only Platinum Partner in Huddersfield. QuickBooks UK advanced Sheards to Platinum Partner following the firm demonstrating a commitment to training its team in the product and then quickly rolling it out to its client base – which included information events, followed by training sessions held both as groups and one-to-one. David Kay, Sales Leader at QuickBooks UK commented: “The proposal for Sheards to become a Platinum Partner of QuickBooks UK was the shortest we’ve ever experienced and was accepted unanimously; the Sheards brand, ambition, commitment and activation of their initial Quickbooks licences made it an absolute no-brainer for us to work strategically with them.” Cloud accounting solutions are becoming increasingly prevalent following the announcement of the Government led “Making Tax Digital”, an initiative which will demand that businesses submit quarterly accounting information to HMRC via a cloud book-keeping package.  QuickBooks allows businesses to keep records in real-time and store this in a cloud-based system. Allied to the efficiencies to be gained from a cloud product, with functionality such as live bank feeds, cloud book-keeping is becoming the benchmark for progressive businesses. As a Platinum Partner, Sheards can offer their clients a knowledgeable cloud solution, with the product being set up, opening balances transferred, and all the necessary training provided. Clients can either complete their own records on QuickBooks, or let Sheards manage the book-keeping function. Kevin Winterburn, Director of Sheards Accountancy commented: “We are delighted that QuickBooks UK have made us Platinum Partners. We have already seen a number of our current clients moving over to the QuickBooks system as well as new clients.” “Even though the Making Tax Digital initiative was removed from the Finance Bill due to the announcement of the General Election in June, we anticipate that the legislation will just be delayed and will be revisited very soon. Businesses should not wait though until a cloud solution is forced upon them, they should act now to get such a system in place early – they will very quickly be pleased that they did.” “We offer a tailored service to our clients’ needs as we help them move from desktop or even more traditional methods to cloud-based systems. These systems provide a huge number of benefits and therefore we are urging people to consider moving to digital regardless of the delay in legislation.”
Posted by Sheards Accounts
New Appointment Strengthens Leading Huddersfield Advisory Team

Thursday 02 November 2017

Leading Huddersfield based financial advisory firm, Sheards Wealth Management has appointed a new adviser into the business as it continues with expansion plans. Darren Brock has been working in the Financial Services sector for over 35 years, joining his first company back in the 1980's. He has experience dealing with both personal and corporate clients, as well as professional introducers.   His career began in the broker division of Allied Dunbar, from where he moved on to become a Senior Broker Consultant with Scottish Amicable in the 1990's, before starting his own successful Adviser business in 1999. He is driven by high quality advice and a focus on client's needs and priorities.   Speaking on the appointment, Mark Stewart Director of Sheards Wealth Management commented: “I am delighted to welcome Darren to Sheards Wealth Management. I am confident that Darren’s expertise and passion for providing his clients with outstanding levels of customer service will be of significant benefit to the business. With years of experience from a broad range of Financial Services, Darren is a welcome addition to the Sheards Wealth Management team”. Commenting on his appointment, Darren Brock added, “I am delighted to be joining such a reputable and well established business. I look forward to being able to utilise my skills and expertise to good use to help Sheards Wealth Management in achieving its’ objectives whilst supporting customers to achieve their financial goals”.
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