Setting up a UK business

When setting up a UK business, you will be registered for tax automatically and must be aware of your accounting and filing requirements. This means that choosing the most appropriate and tax-efficient business structure is vital.

Our experts will advise on the pros and cons of various structures including:

  • Private Company Limited by Shares (Limited Company)
  • Public Limited Company (PLC)
  • UK Establishment (Branch)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Sole Trader
  • Partnership

Want to know more about the different company structures that are available? Check out our free download here.

Once you have formed your company, there are many other factors to take into consideration. Our team aim to give you a better understanding of the statutory framework for UK businesses including employment issues, direct and indirect tax matters. 

We also offer advice with:

  • Cross border VAT issues
  • Transfer pricing
  • Tax equalisation advice for internationally mobile employees, including non-domiciled staff
  • Payroll services including UK minimum wage and pension obligations
  • UK holiday entitlement pay and advice
  • Residency and visa advice

If you are planning to set up a business or subsidiary here in the UK, contact us now for advice.

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Bee-Lean Chew Wilder Coe
Bee-Lean Chew Wilder Coe
Bee-Lean Chew

Partner

Bee-Lean Chew provides her clients with a clear and understandable presentation of fact, in all matters relating to Forensic Accounting. As an experienced member of the Forensic Accounting team at Wilder Coe Ltd, Bee can support you with personal and corporate investigations.

Her expertise extends to the greater corporate arena where she has years of experience in audit, financial reporting and taxation. She has advised clients of all sizes, including multi-national groups, on the design and implementation of financial management systems and is particularly adept at complex I.T structures and internal controls. She frequently acts as the principal in due diligence, forensic accounting and valuation assignments.

Bee also provides CPD training to solicitors and fellow business professionals.

Bee-Lean Chew trained with Wilder Coe and became a Partner in 2005.

As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Bee has a degree in Law from Kent University, a Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and is an ICAEW-accredited Forensic Accountant.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Member, Network of Independent Forensic Accountants
  • Accredited Member of The Academy of Experts
  • ICAEW-Accredited Forensic Accountant
  • Member of ICAEW Audit and Assurance Faculty

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Audit
  • Taxation
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Financial Reporting

Qualifications

  • FCA
  • MAE (Member of the Academy of Experts)

Read Bee-Lean Chew’s latest insights:

Chris Gent Wilder Coe
Chris Gent Wilder Coe
Chris Gent

Partner

Chris Gent provides clear, tailored advice to each client on the preparation and completion of statutory accounts, corporate tax compliance and matters relating to corporate finance. As a trusted advisor and consultant to owner-managed businesses, his expertise and insight into the running of small and medium-sized businesses is highly valued.

Chris is passionate about bringing together the right people at the right time, to support each client to achieve their business objectives. He would be happy to assist you in expanding your contact base in London.

Chris Gent is a Partner at Wilder Coe, having joined the firm in 2004. He previously spent three years at Lewis Golden & Co, where he qualified in 2003.

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Company Audit
  • Statutory Accounts Production
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Due Diligence
  • Business Planning
  • Consultancy
  • Networking

Sectors of Expertise

  • Software
  • Fashion
  • Hospitality

Qualifications

  • FCA
  • BA Economics

Read Chris Gent’s latest insights:

Ian Saunders Wilder Coe
Ian Saunders Wilder Coe
Ian Saunders

Partner

Ian Saunders is expertly positioned to advise clients on all matters pertaining to Company Secretarial services and Company Formation. His ability to communicate the types of structure that are available to you, coupled with his professional understanding of which structure would benefit your business best makes his support a highly sought after commodity.

Ian advises companies of all sizes on compliance under the Companies Acts and UK governance; the drafting of resolutions and specialist share capital and Articles clauses, as well as providing insights on general aspects concerning company law. He also acts as the nominated company secretary for public companies and has experience in filling this role for AIM-listed vehicles.

Ian Saunders has managed the Wilder Coe Statutory department since 1997 and became a Partner in 2010. In addition, Ian served as a Director of Artaius Ltd, the specialist outsourcing, formation and company secretarial arm of the Wilder Coe group before its merger back into the Wilder Coe business.

Professional Memberships

  • Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Company Secretarial
  • Company Formation
  • Overseas Incorporations
  • Companies Act Guidance
  • The UK Governance Code
  • Company Law and its practical applications

Qualifications

  • ICSA

Mark Saunders Wilder Coe
Mark Saunders Wilder Coe
Mark Saunders

Partner

Mark provides a comprehensive and committed service to his clients. His wide range of experience means he is equally able to advise business start-ups, family-owned/managed businesses and multinational organisations from a range of industry backgrounds. Mark’s technical services include audit, preparation of financial statements, corporate taxation, business planning and advice.

As an expert in preparing businesses for sale, Mark advises owners on all aspects from ‘Heads of Sale’ agreements to taxation consequences and the final contract. In addition, he has a wealth of experience carrying out Due Diligence relating to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A).

Mark joined Wilder Coe in 1984 and became Partner two years later.

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Former Global Chairman of Integra International

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Audit
  • Preparation of Financial Statements
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Business Planning & Advice

Sectors of Expertise

  • Property
  • Entertainment
  • Retail
  • Financial Industry Clients
  • Charities
  • IT & Technology
  • Startups
  • International Businesses

Qualifications

  • BA
  • FCA

Read Mark Saunders’ latest insights:

Robert Bradman Wilder Coe
Robert Bradman Wilder Coe
Robert Bradman

Partner

Robert Bradman qualified in Scotland as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and joined Wilder Coe in 2004 after having spent four years in New York working for a firm of Certified Public Accountants.

Robert was appointed an Audit Partner in 2010 and since 2014 has combined this role with heading up our Accounting Support department.

Robert provides both advisory and compliance services to his corporate clients, working closely with them on a range of areas including advising on business structure and providing financial analysis. Robert Bradman provides audit, accountancy and corporate tax compliance services to his clients, ensuring they comply with their statutory and legal obligations.

By providing important initial accounting and tax assistance to start up organisations, Robert affords you the maximum opportunity to succeed and grow your business over the longer term. Larger, more established clients also benefit from the tailored and in depth advice that Robert provides, helping businesses to meet both long and short term objectives.

Professional Memberships

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Statutory audit and financial statements preparation
  • Corporate taxation
  • Financial Services Authority audits
  • Solicitors Accounts Rules work
  • Financial projections preparation

Sectors of Expertise

  • Property investment
  • Property development
  • Trade associations
  • IT consulting
  • Solicitors Practices

Qualifications

  • Chartered Accountant (Scotland)
  • BA Accounting and Finance

Read Robert Bradman’s latest insights:

Tim Cook Wilder Coe
Tim Cook Wilder Coe
Tim Cook

Partner

Tim’s passion lies in helping his clients maximise their wealth through successful tax planning for the future. Whether you are seeking a solution on the most efficient way to implement your inheritance plans or would simply like some plain-English advice on your tax liabilities, Tim is expertly placed to offer you a highly professional and personalised service.

Having previously worked for HMRC, Tim Cook can use his insights to assist with HMRC investigations and ensure that you are informed at all times, and can offer you clear and simple advice throughout the process.

His technical areas of expertise include tax planning, pensions, emigration and trusts. Tim works with entrepreneurs, and families from a wide range of backgrounds, based both in the UK and overseas.

Tim Cook joined Wilder Coe in 1996 and was made Tax Partner in 2001.

Professional Memberships

  • Affiliate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Tax Planning
  • Pension Planning
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Trusts
  • HM Revenue and Customs Investigations
  • International Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax

Sectors of Expertise

  • Entrepreneurs
  • High Net-Worth Individuals

Read Tim Cook’s latest insights:

Alexander Boorman Wilder Coe
Alexander Boorman Wilder Coe
Alexander Boorman

Audit Manager

Alex is experienced in the preparation and audit of statutory accounts as well as the preparation of company Corporation Tax returns.

His portfolio includes clients within a diverse range of industries including software, manufacturing, fashion, consultancy and property investment and development. Alex prides himself on working together closely with clients to create practical solutions whilst assisting them to achieve their business objectives.

Alexander Boorman joined Wilder Coe in August 2012 after graduating from the University of Southampton where he studied Physics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in August 2015. Since then he has become an Audit Supervisor at the firm and is responsible for the provision of training to new audit trainees as well as providing technical support.

Professional Memberships

  • A Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Company Audit
  • Statutory Accounts Production
  • Corporate Taxation

Qualifications

  • ACA
  • BSc Physics
Bal Dhesi Wilder Coe
Head of Human Resources
Bal Dhesi Wilder Coe
Bal Dhesi

Head of Human Resources

Bal recognises that effective people management is key to any successful organisation.  With several years’ experience gained in the field of HR, Bal provides a bespoke and tailored service to her clients whilst delivering practical yet simple people orientated solutions.

Bal Dhesi is pragmatic, positive and an astute HR professional whose skills lie in understanding the business goals and then aligning those goals to people.  Bal has gained HR experience within organisations/companies of various sizes and across several different industries, and she thrives on exceeding her clients' expectations.

Bal joined Wilder Coe in 2011 as an HR Manager and works between both the London and Stevenage office.

Professional Qualification

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD)

Caryl King Wilder Coe
Caryl King Wilder Coe
Caryl King

Partner

Caryl King is experienced in the fields of audit and the preparation of financial statements, having worked with a variety of businesses across a large portfolio of clients. As a consequence, Caryl can provide effective and valuable solutions to clients to facilitate their continued growth.

She is also responsible for overseeing the firm’s quality control processes and helping to drive forward technological changes in the practice.

Caryl King is a Partner at Wilder Coe, having joined the firm as a trainee in 2008 and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in December 2010.

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Statutory Audit
  • Statutory Accounts Production
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Service charge accounts
  • ATOL Licensed Practitioner

Sectors of Expertise

  • Software
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Property Investment
  • Retail
  • Entertainment
  • Travel

Qualifications

  • ACA
  • BSc Economics and Finance

Read Caryl King’s latest insights:

Charlotte Hawes

Audit Manager

Charlotte has experience in the supervision and preparation of statutory accounts, management accounts including tailored client-specific analysis and service charge accounts as well as the audit of statutory accounts and preparation of Corporation tax returns for companies.

Charlotte also has experience with charity independent examinations, charity audits and advisory work, looking after the majority of the firms' charity clients.

She has a portfolio of clients from a wide range of industries including, property investment and development, manufacturing, media, entertainment, IT and charities including owner-managed businesses through to large multinational organisations.

Charlotte Hawes joined Wilder Coe in September 2010 after completing her A-levels. She completed the AAT qualification followed by the ACA qualification in October 2015. After having briefly left Wilder Coe, she re-joined as Audit Supervisor in March 2016. She has since become a manager at the firm.

Professional Memberships

  • A Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians
  • A Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Statutory audits
  • Statutory accounts preparation
  • Corporation tax
  • Service charge accounts
  • Charity independent examinations
  • Charity audits

Qualifications

  • ACA
  • MAAT

Read Charlotte Hawes’s latest insights:

Chris Abbott Wilder Coe
Audit Manager
Chris Abbott Wilder Coe
Chris Abbott

Audit Manager

Chris’ portfolio of clients includes businesses from a wide range of industries, including renewable energy, Solicitors, FCA registered companies and a variety of owner-managed business. He is knowledgeable about these varying companies and how they operate.

His understanding and of the businesses and the individual challenges they face enables him to provide tailored solutions to them.

Chris assists his clients in meeting their statutory and legal obligations through the provision of audit, accountancy and tax services.

Chris Abbott joined Wilder Coe in August 2009 under the school leaver programme. Since then, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in August 2014 and became a Manager at Wilder Coe in 2016.

Professional Memberships

  • A Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • A Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation
  • A Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Statutory Audit
  • Statutory Accounts Preparation
  • Corporate Tax Compliance and Planning
  • Solicitor Accounts Rules work
  • Financial Conduct Authority audits

Sectors of Expertise

  • Renewable Energy
  • Solicitors Practices
  • FCA regulated businesses
  • Hotels

Qualifications

  • ACA
  • CTA
  • MAAT
Faye Thompson Wilder Coe
Head of Cloud Accounting
Faye Thompson Wilder Coe
Faye Thompson

Head of Cloud Accounting

Faye Thompson has worked with Wilder Coe since joining us in 2008 as a Senior Accountant, where she provided her clients with practical, professional advice on a range of management accounting issues. After spending many years as a Manager with our Stevenage based team, she now focuses her experience and knowledge as our Head of Cloud Accounting.

By understanding our client needs and having a passion for cloud accounting, Faye’s biggest success for Wilder Coe has been to introduce and utilise technology that improves the efficiency of our service delivery and end-to-end processes within the firm.

Not only does she manage all aspects of our cloud accounting software, but she also looks after the onboarding process of new clients within our Accounting Support department in Stevenage. Faye Thompson counsels client training sessions on bookkeeping systems, alongside delivering ongoing support for the whole firm.

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting automated workflows
  • Accounting processes
  • Cloud accounting advisory
  • App integrations
  • Improving business efficiencies
  • Project management
  • Group accounting
Graham Meager Wilder Coe
Graham Meager Wilder Coe
Graham Meager

Manager

Graham’s clients benefit from his ability to fully understand the nature of their business and provide a thorough, detailed and efficient service according to their requirements. Graham Meager has built a portfolio of clients that includes both UK companies and the UK subsidiaries of overseas companies that demonstrates his depth of knowledge relating to the accounting and regulatory requirements for UK businesses.

His experience working in public practice before joining Wilder Coe has allowed Graham to develop considerable experience in all matters of general taxation, financial accounts and auditing.

Graham Meager joined Wilder Coe in August 2005 and is based at our Stevenage office.

Professional Memberships

  • A Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Management Accounts

Qualifications

  • ACA
Isabel Yau Wilder Coe
Audit Manager
Isabel Yau Wilder Coe
Isabel Yau

Audit Manager

Isabel Yau has experience in the preparation of statutory accounts, audit of statutory accounts and preparation of the Corporation Tax returns for companies.

She joined Wilder Coe in August 2014 after completing an MSc in Corporate Strategy and Governance at the University of Nottingham. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in August 2017 and subsequently become an Audit Supervisor at the firm.

Isabel knows how various companies operate in a wide range of industries, including fashion, manufacturing and retail, renewable energy and the hotel and leisure industry. This variety has given her an understanding of how to provide support and assistance to companies of various sizes and at different stages of development.

Professional Memberships

  • A Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Statutory Audit
  • Statutory Accounts Preparation
  • Corporate Taxation

Qualifications

  • ACA
  • MSc
  • BSc

Read Isabel Yau’s latest insights:

Kasia Field Wilder Coe
Payroll Manager
Kasia Field Wilder Coe
Kasia Field

Payroll Manager

Kasia Field started in the world of payroll over 10 years ago and genuinely loves all things payroll. Nothing is ever too much trouble for her and she is always prepared to go the extra mile for her clients. She is a very motivated individual who prides herself on building strong relationships with clients.

She has gained her payroll experience at various industries including recruitment, construction & engineering, aviation, hospitality, film and music. She has had opportunities to run differently sized payrolls and has been fully responsible for many projects including implementing new payroll software as well as preparing clients for RTI and Auto Enrolment.

Kasia Field joined Wilder Coe Ltd in September 2013 as Payroll Controller and has since moved up to Payroll Manager in 2016. She is based in our Stevenage office.

Professional Areas of Expertise

  • Sage 50 Payroll
  • Star
  • Moneysoft
  • Tempest

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