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All our partners run their own businesses, so we know how important the right professional advice is when you’re starting up. That's why, for thousands of owner-managed businesses, we’ve become the experienced and compassionate business partner we’d have wanted when we set up.

Haines Watts has had an entrepreneurial spirit woven into each cycle of our growth, it underpins our DNA and clients know that we’ve got their back.

How to start a business – what do I need to know?

  • Do you have a business plan? This is a crucial road map for your new company.
  • How much money do you need and what will it be used for?
  • Can you finance things yourself or do you need funding?
  • What business structure will you use? Are you setting up as a sole trader, partnership or limited company?
  • Where are you going to trade from – home or business premises?
  • Are you recruiting staff and have you thought about employment issues & payroll?


Episode 1

Mark Thompson

Ryder Architecture: Tough Love

From redundancy and not being able to join the family business, to dealing with a loved ones serious illness, Mark speaks candidly of his early career and his determination to ‘do things right’ at Ryder.


Starting a business overseas is not easy to do. If you’re already involved in international markets or considering importing, exporting or setting up an overseas business having international links is more than just a nice thing to have – it’s a necessity. Find out about our international alliance.

It will pay to talk to a professional accountant. They can help you avoid costly pitfalls when starting up and will save you money in the long run. At Haines Watts we can advise you on all aspects of starting up in business and help your business grow.

Make sure your accountancy firm can grow with you – will they be able to cope when your business grows?  Being part of Haines Watts our local accountancy practices can deal with business from start-up, through growth and right through to exit.

Use your accountant as an advisor and not just a bookkeeper. They should be able to give you great ideas for planning, running and growing your business. Haines Watts partners are all business owners themselves so can not only help with the numbers but can advise on a wide range of business challenges.

We’re local – and national: Haines Watts is a national network of individual, owner-managed local accountancy practices. So we’re on your doorstep when you need us as a business start-up – and big enough to support you as you expand.

Experienced: We’ve advised thousands of start-up businesses like yours and currently deal with over 35,000 privately owned companies. They’re in every conceivable sector, right across the UK.

Extra advice: All of our partners run their own businesses so they understand the challenges and issues you face. Their advice is based on their own experience and they’ll be on your side, which is essential when you’re starting a business.

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