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Starting a business for the first time?

So you’re starting a new business for the first time….excited? terrified? a bit of both?


Don’t worry, we’ve been there too. After all, as an independent firm of Chartered Certified Accountants, we’ve gone through exactly the same emotions in setting up our accountancy practice that you are currently going through. Our managing partners, as well as having expertise in accountancy, also have a wealth of professional business experience in other industries too, so there are a number of ways we can provide added value business advice to you.


How to set up a business

Once you’ve decided to set up your own business, you need to decide whether you want to run it as a limited company, a limited liability partnership, a partnership or as a sole trader. Choosing a business structure is the first of many steps you will need to take. It can seem a confusing and daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. At Andrews & Summers we’ll make sure you set up the right company structure perfect to your business needs and personal goals.

How to write a business plan

So you’ve got a great idea and now you just want to get on with it. But how do you know it will work in practice? A business plan isn’t just a corporate formality; it’s a way of testing to see if your idea will stand up in practice, i.e. is it a business that’s going to be successful? You may not have written a business plan before, but at Andrews & Summers we’ve seen and written loads of them. We’ll help you write your business plan and make sure it provides answers to questions that you might not have even thought of asking.

How to pitch your business

You’ve probably heard of the elevator pitch, or at least seen Dragon’s Den. Basically, an elevator pitch is a form of business promotion that is becoming increasingly critical. You need to get it right when you meet and speak to potential customers, introducers, referrers, networkers, suppliers and investors for the first time. There are numerous different styles and format of how to do it. At Andrews & Summers we’ll help you define what works for you and make sure it is a clear, succinct statement that gets the listeners interested in you and your business. Convince us and you’ll convince anyone.

How to keep the cash flowing

Ever heard the phrase ‘cash is king’? That’s something that is crucial for any business, large or small. Cash flow is the life blood of any business. If it drains away, you’re not going to stay in business very long. Your new business could be successful, and still get into trouble with cash flow. You might win large new orders, invest in staff, equipment or raw materials and then have to wait months to get paid. Or even worse, your customer could go bust or cancel the order. At Andrews & Summers we’ll help prepare your business to minimise cash flow problems, and get you through a crisis if it occurs.

Everything you need to know, without you needing to know it!

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Andrews & Summers Chartered Certified Accountants

Everything you need to know, without you needing to know it

Want to know more? Let’s talk. Call us on 01234 843333 or email us enquiries@andrews-summers.co.uk

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