Opening new business entities is exciting — but challenging. You need expert partners to help you on the ground at your new location. And intelligent, efficient tools to support your business as it grows. From recruitment for startups to finance for scaleups, there are tools for every size and type of business. But where do you start when it comes to partners? And what else do you need to know ahead of time?
At Payhawk, we've had plenty of experience with fast growth and scaling up. For example, when we opened our first UK office in London. We wanted to grow our customer base in the UK, so it made sense to set up a base in the market and hire local personnel. But we knew we couldn't do it alone.
"At Mishcon de Reya, we've supported so many exciting businesses as they look to scale and enter the UK market. The UK is an attractive place to set up shop, not least given the ease of setting up a company, the relatively light regulatory landscape, and potential tax breaks," explained Andrew Wolfin, Partner at Mishcon de Reya. "It makes sense to get yourself a good lawyer and accountant who can guide you through the process and paperwork and get you up and running as quickly as possible."
Once you have your partners in place, you need to think about the kind of setup you need for your UK entity and how to best manage the process.
"I wish there’d been a guide available to serve as a checklist for every country to which we expanded. This wishful thinking is how the idea of building a set of guides on scaling into countries around Europe was born. It's our way to pay it forward to other entrepreneurs and business leaders who wish to break new grounds, reach new horizons, and create genuinely multinational organizations," Hristo Borisov, CEO at Payhawk, said.
In the UK, a few key places will require most of your effort when setting up. Companies House is the major one, as this is where you'll register your company, directors, office address, and more.
You'll need to think about your overall finance stack, including how you'll manage bookkeeping and payroll and which ERP system you'll use.
We have you covered when it comes to company cards and reimbursements (employee reimbursements and expense management software). At Payhawk, we offer the most efficient, globally-accepted physical and virtual company cards. With our support, you can grow into new locations without adding extra complications to your company's spending. Plus, using our cards and software, you have the opportunity to take your business cashless with zero currency fees on GBP and Euros, great spend control and visibility, and a positive user experience.
We can also help you manage your bill payments and invoices as each Payhawk account has a dedicated IBAN and BIC, meaning you can pay your vendors directly via our portal. And we support both Faster Payments (GBP) and SEPA Instant (EUR) bank transfers technology — allowing your transactions to be processed in seconds.
Growing won’t be painless, but it will be worth it. And with the help of our guide and the right partners, it can definitely feel easier. Learn more about opening an entity in the UK and scaling your finance stack; download the guide today.
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