Starting a Business

Starting a business is an exciting prospect - but it’s a challenge too

There are lots of tasks involved in getting started, and you might feel nervous about doing things right. We want you to feel confident you’re prioritising the right things, and doing it all by the book.

We’ve created a free start-up kit that guides you through every step of building your new business.


I’m a new business so the whole area of accounting and tax was totally unfamiliar territory. Saint & Co patiently led me through the entire process of getting my first set of accounts completed.

I feel confident knowing that everything relating to tax is correct and done properly. It’s great to know I have friendly accountants looking out for me.

~ Ben Davidson

Coming up with a business idea is just the start

There are plenty of tasks to plan for and questions to answer before you can start trading.

The more help you have as a new business owner, the easier it will be to build a business that’s stable and profitable.

Take your next steps to becoming a legitimate business by following this process.


Create a clear business plan

Running a business without direction is like crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. Start with your goals in mind so you know where you’re headed.

We’ll work with you to agree your goals, set up realistic budgets and create a long-term strategy for success. And we’ll be there throughout the year to help measure your ongoing performance.


Understand the financial side of the business

Getting a full understanding of your accounts can be tricky if you’re not from an accounting or finance background.

We help you to become familiar with the accounting basics, and explain terms like your ‘balance sheet’ and ‘profit and loss’.

You’ll understand how your numbers contribute to your success and help you make good decisions.


Set up your accounting system

Getting your finances in order is one the most critical parts of running a new business – it could be the difference between success and failure.

Xero provides a way to have access to your numbers whenever you need them. As a certified Xero partner, we believe it’s the ideal tool for start-ups.


Register for business taxes

Whether you’re a sole trader, or a new limited company, you’re liable to pay tax on the money your business earns.

We’ll help sole traders to register for self-assessment tax and limited companies to register for corporation tax and we’ll also assist with the registration of VAT, PAYE and National Insurance – where relevant.


Get help with your bookkeeping

As your business grows, so will your finance needs. We can assist with your bookkeeping so you have one less thing to worry about.

With the help of Xero, we’ll be able to track your finances on a daily basis so you know exactly where you stand in terms of your numbers.

A little forward planning can make a big difference

We offer different levels of advice, from budgeting and cashflow forecasting to full business planning. Our planning services can help you shape your business and reach your full potential.



Budgeting helps you know exactly what you need for the day to day running of your business and allows you to plan for the future.



Having a grasp on the cashflow enhances your productivity and gives you peace of mind when making plans.

Understand your numbers so you can plan better for your future

Turn your business idea into a success story

The first year of running any new business can be hard work. But we’re here to support and guide you through the process.

We’ll give you the confidence and advice you need to turn your business idea a reality.