This is very much a work in progress – a list of useful resources if you’re thinking of setting up a company, or if you’ve already taken the leap.
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Limited Company Advice / Resources
Startups - one of the original small business portals, still going strong.
AccountingWeb – Vast amount of accounting-related information, very relevant for limited company owners.
Business Zone – Business news and guides, from the team behind AccountingWeb.
Smarta – relatively new portal for small businesses, backed by some famous names.
Start Up Donut – another business portal, aimed at people thinking of starting up a new business.
GoLimited – Set up and register your LTD company for only £4.50.
Contract Eye – Our favourite contractor information site.
Contractor UK – The IT Contractor portal.
Contractor Calculator – Dozens of useful calculators and guides.
IT Contractor – Vast mine of contracting-related stories and amusing anecdotes.
Freelance Advisor – Site dedicated to the UK’s freelancers.
Guide to Freelancing – From the PCG.
ITCA – How to choose the best IT contractor accountant.
Business Groups / Organisations
PCG – Leading representative group for freelancers and one-man-bands in the UK.
IoD – Institute of Directors – loads of advice and resources, as well as meeting space in major UK cities.
FSB - Federation of Small Business – the leading SME organisation / pressure group in the UK.
FPB – Forum of Private Business – significant pressure group / organisation.
BVCA – British Venture Capital Association.
BBAA – British Business Angels Association.
BCC – British Chambers of Commerce – represents over 100,000 businesses.
British Franchise Association – useful information if you are considering buying a franchise operation.
CBI – Confederation of British Industry, influential lobbying organisation.
Companies House – the registrar of companies in the UK. Includes detailed guides on how to set up a company, and the rules and regulations which govern them.
Business Link – lots of guides to setting up and running a business.
Department for BIS – Government department of Business, Innovation and Skills
Intellectual Property Office – For trade marks, patents and copyright applications.
Accountancy / Tax Bodies
ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
ICAS – Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
CIOT – Chartered Institute of Taxation.