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Starting a business

Whether it’s been a life-long dream or a case of necessity being the mother of invention, starting your own business is the beginning of an adventure that will come with plenty of highs, lots of lessons to learn and, hopefully, a lot of success.

Right now, we don’t know what’s inspired you to take this step. Maybe you got fed up watching someone less talented than you rake in money from a business they started at the kitchen table (that’s where lots of businesses start).

Maybe you were in a job you didn’t like on a wage you couldn’t live on with a boss only a mother could like or love and you decided enough was enough; or maybe you were a casualty of the redundancy war and decided the only person you could rely on to give you an income was one you saw in the mirror every morning.

Whatever the reason, congratulations – this is the start of a new chapter and a new era of success … if you get it right.

The early days of your new venture are critical. Someone’s probably already reminded you that statistics show that most new businesses fail, and they fail in the first two years.

Actually, what those statistics also show is that most could have survived.

We’re here to help you to make sure yours is one of them. Because a wrong move now, at the beginning of this adventure, can be catastrophic.

The biggest enemy of success in a new business is the blind enthusiasm of the entrepreneur behind it. Unfortunately, enthusiasm is also necessary to be successful, so getting the right balance is crucial.

A good approach to setting up your business is to ask someone who’s been there, seen it and got the download. It won’t surprise you to be told that isn’t your best friend or your favourite uncle or any of the many other people who think you’re lovely and are likely to tell you what you want to hear.

We can be your cool, calm, collected and objective sounding board, because we’ve started dozens of businesses on behalf of people just like you.

We’ll test your assumptions and challenge you to think rationally about your strategy and the best way to implement it, giving an honest, independent and unbiased opinion about anything and everything you intend to do.

Then, when you’re sure you’ve got the right model, we’ll help you to plan and then offer you all the advice and practical help you’ll need around things like the type of company you should form, incorporating the company, opening a business bank account, whether you need to register for VAT (and then registering you if you do).

We’ll take care of all the details so you can focus on what’s important – building relationships, gaining business and making money.

And we’ll start by offering you this piece of wisdom for free: if you think you’ll be the easiest boss you’ve ever worked for, you’re wrong!

Thinking of starting a business and want to find out how to do it the right way? Call us on 020 3667 5200 or email us at and let’s start the conversation.

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