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Accountants For Startups

At Raw, we're glad to offer accounting for startups.

We know how it feels to be a new start-up business with the drive to succeed – after all, we’ve been there. That’s why we love being able to provide startup accountancy services to small businesses, in order to help them achieve their own business goals.

We provide comprehensive, hassle free accounting services. From limited company formation, to opening your first business bank account, to raising finance, to taking care of monthly management accounts and much more, your own dedicated accountant will manage the money while you get on with making essential key business decisions and prepare business plans for the financial year ahead.

Book your free consultation call with our chartered online accountants today.

Why use our startup accountancy services?

When you choose us as your business startup accountant you benefit from:

In 7 days we’ll complete our company take on process, register as your agent with HMRC, issue an engagement letter and get all of our startup business accounting services ready to go. That means in a week, you’re ready to go. No dabbling about in extra paperwork.

No nasty surprises here. We know when you’re a small business budgeting is everything, so we tell you what our fee will be before we do the work. Plus if you’re not satisfied, we’ll give you your money back.

When you contact us we’ll reply within 24 hours or less, we’ll speak to you once a month anyway to check in, and you don’t need to worry about catching us between 9-5. We know business sometimes happens 8-8, which is why we’ll always make ourselves available if you need to talk.

When you’re a small business, you’d be surprised at the amount of money tax liabilities can both take away, and give back to a new business. That’s why as part of our tax service, we save you money by assessing your tax returns and tax efficiency to work out where we can save you money in tax bands, salary costs and dividends. We’re so confident that we’ll give you an annual review each year that tells you exactly where and how we’ve saved your small business money.

The size of your startup business doesn't matter to us

Whether you’re running a limited company, you’re a sole trader, a partnership, small business, limited liability partnership, contractor, freelancer, property or investment business, we’ve got the business startup accountant and startup accounting services made for you.

How we help your startup business:

Turning your business idea into your business structure

Once you’ve got a great business idea it’s time to structure that: whether that’s into a limited company, or other entity. It’s critical to consider what the structure of the new business you want to start is because the taxes you pay and liabilities you have are totally determined by that business structure.

This is where we can provide expert advice on your company formation. We’ll advise on things like whether a sole trader or a limited company structure is best for you, and we’ll work out the ways that you can pay the lowest possible amount of tax. We’ll also provide bank reference letters to help you open your business bank account, and help break down the initial HMRC and Companies House paperwork.

Registering your business with HMRC and Companies House

When you’ve decided on the structure and form of your company, it’s time to register for things like VAT, Payroll, NI, and Pensions. We’ll do the required registrations, provide assistance and direction throughout the process, and keep you informed with developments.

Setup your accounting software

When we evaluate the structure of your company, we’ll help you pick the best accounting software for you. Whether you’ll be trading domestically or internationally, and whether you’ll be holding stock or providing services will have a significant impact on your options when it comes to selecting an accounting software.

This is where we come in. As chartered accountants with years of experience in accounting for startups and having used various types of accounting software, we deliver as much of a value-added service as the right accounting software does for our clients.

Tax Returns

From corporation tax returns to VAT (Value Added Tax), we’ll handle the tax obligations for your startup business as well as advise you on any tax reliefs you may be entitled to. As your business startup accountant, we’ll also handle your year-end accounts, corporate tax returns and stay up to date with your tax liability so that your contact with HMRC is kept to a bare, and simple, minimum.

Payroll and Pension Services

We know how important it is to make sure that your employees are paid the correct amount on the correct day. We also know that all companies, regardless of size, have a legal responsibility to automatically enroll all employees into a workplace pension plan.
When starting out, understanding your employees’ and employers’ obligations regarding pension schemes and PAYE can be difficult, which is why getting the right advice on payroll and pensions is another aspect that can help your startup business succeed.
That’s why our payroll and pension service is comprehensive and able to be tailored to your startup businesses needs. We’ll send payslips directly to your employees by email, make sure that your company and its staff are paying a balanced amount into the employee’s pension every month, and provide expert advice and guidance if necessary on a wide range of payroll and pension issues should they arise.

Full accounting support

Our accounting for startups is a full service designed to handle all of your accounting, bookkeeping and tax efficiency needs. From filing your Statutory Accounts and accounting records, submitting Corporation Tax returns, assessing annual accounts and business expenses, running payroll, handling business transactions and overseeing all your startup business bookkeeping, our hassle free accounting for startups service provides the small business accounting support you need to succeed.

We also offer accounting services for Small Businesses, Contractors, Limited Companies and Dentists.

Whether you're a sole trader or a small business, we can help.

Get in touch with us for a free consultation and let us manage the money, while you manage your small business success.

What our customers say about us

Craig GarnerCraig Garner
19:51 18 Mar 24
I was in desperate need of an accountant. Was left worried and dropped by a previous company who wasn’t interested in helping me understand what my business needed. Luke is so understanding and knowledgeable he really got to know my business quickly and helped with great advice to get going in the right direction. I have spoken to him on irregular hours because that worked better for my needs and is so supportive. The most important factor for me is that they charge a monthly subscription rather than larger annual bills so is very cost effective for cash flow. I will never be lost again and I’m positive with their support I will continue to run a successful business. If I could give 10 stars I would.
11:23 24 Jan 24
Our previous Accountant let us down & we were trying to find another Accountant when my daughter informed me that a new accounting company was about to open near where she works. I contacted Luke & explained our situation as our Company Accounts needed doing urgently. We had a MS Teams meeting to discuss my needs. WOW so impressed with the Service. Fully explained everything. Willing to answer any queries. Thank you so much.
Amy JachulskiAmy Jachulski
08:10 23 Jan 24
A friend recommended RAW Accounting and I couldn't be more confident about my tax returns. I'm not originally from the UK and this year was my first filing as self-employed. Luke was incredibly patient with my endless questions, and made the process very simple for us. Highly recommend.
Callum CarlisleCallum Carlisle
11:02 03 Jan 24
Luke and the team at Raw are great, I highly recommend them!Raw take the fluff and jargon away from typical accounting firms. They have been instrumental in supporting me launch and grow my business way before Day 1. Thank you all very much and I look forward to continuing to work with you!
LDF Flooring LtdLDF Flooring Ltd
06:34 28 Nov 23
We started using Raw Accounting a few months ago and we couldn’t be happier with their service. The switch from our previous accountant was seamless. We are pleased to say some of our processes such as payroll have already been streamlined to ensure we run more efficiently. However, the thing we are most pleased about is the personal service and having an accountant who genuinely cares. Nothing is too much trouble, and they are always on hand to offer guidance where needed. I cannot recommend Luke and his team highly enough for anyone looking for a first-rate accountancy service.
Peter LoverdosPeter Loverdos
07:44 17 Oct 23
I’ve been working with Luke and the team at RAW for nearly 2 years now and I’d highly recommend them to any SME business owner looking for an accountancy practice to proactively manage their bookkeeping, payroll and accounting functions. RAW seem to have a different approach that focuses on accuracy, high levels of communication and sage advice - what Luke doesn’t know about tax probably hasn’t been thought of yet! Not only are they highly professional, but they're great people too.
Rishi VermaRishi Verma
09:28 14 Oct 23
Superlative service. This is a seriously professional outfit. I accept that I am a demanding client. I work long hours so need an adviser who is going to take the stress away and put simply, get things done. Luke Fletcher is that man. Worth every penny.
Disk OnotDisk Onot
08:02 14 Oct 23
I've been using Raw Accounting's services for a couple of years now and have been very impressed with the level of engagement and understanding they have. Always available at short notice, very quick to respond and deal with any issue and probably most importantly know their subject matter extremely well. They have sorted out a few tax issues I have had without too much involvement from me, process was simple and the portal very easy to use.
Jane BJane B
17:53 13 Oct 23
What a great accountancy service! Helpful, quick replies and resolutions. Raw Accounting will give you peace of mind that all of your tax needs will be taken care of quickly and efficiently.
Toby TowardToby Toward
17:35 04 Aug 23
Luke and the team at RAW have been excellent to work with.Since setting up a small biotech consultancy at the end 2022, they have been a source of great support in getting the accountacy basics correctly put in place. From establishing the initial paper work to help get the LTD off the ground, through to quarterly MTD VAT returns, personal / company tax filings, corporation tax and PAYE. Perhaps more importantly for me though, they have provided clear, strategic and pragmatic guidance to help tax-efficently shape the buisness for the near- medium-long term and in line with my future goals. They have been attentive, personable and at times patient with my questions - proposing alternative ways to solve a problem if they can. Ultimately, with their support, I can focus on the day-to-day business, knowing that the acounacy side of things is in good hands.
Ryan BirseRyan Birse
10:39 25 Aug 22
Raw Accounting have been amazing! I've been working closely with Luke and he has helped with the transition to being self-employed, and clarified how everything could work should the business grow in the future. He's taken the stress out of everything finance related when it comes to working for yourself—from TAX returns to assistance with registering for VAT, as well as countless other bits of advice along the way. Very responsive and understanding of the requirements linked to the industry that I work in. Luke was passed on as a recommendation and I would highly recommend him to others as well. Thanks Luke!
Luke is amazing! As a US-based startup, he provided expert guidance in navigating VAT and ultimately saved us thousands of dollars in unnecessary filing costs. I highly recommend Luke and his team at RAW Accounting.
Matthew RuddyMatthew Ruddy
12:12 24 Jun 22
Raw Accounting are fantastic. I stumbled across Luke whilst looking to avoid the "one size fits all", impersonal accounting solutions that other practices provide. From the beginning Luke has proven to be professional, prompt and incredibly approachable. Getting setup for both corporate and income tax have been absolutely painless. The software they provide is far better than other solutions available, and costs are very respectable. I would not hesitate to recommend Raw Accounting to anyone. If you're an SME looking for a charter accountant, do yourself a favour and give them a call.
Greg DallamoreGreg Dallamore
11:40 03 Feb 22
I was recommended Luke by a friend when I had mentioned I was looking for an accountant to help me with a new business venture, and am very glad that I followed that recommendation. Luke has been a fantastic source of support and advice and has made the accounts side of our business very simple for us. We receive regular updates that are easy to understand and Luke has a broad understanding of modern day accountancy systems which has a been a real asset. I would not hesitate to recommend Luke and Raw Accounting to anyone looking for a new accountant, whether a new or established business. Thanks Luke!
Kapila MKapila M
19:05 02 Feb 22
Luke managed to setup a Limited Company and the accounting software within a week. He provided professional advice to setup the company and help me with the annual tax return swiftly.He is very approachable, professional and friendly.I highly recommend Raw Accounting...!
Carole MowattCarole Mowatt
13:48 01 Feb 22
Very professional and thorough. Accounts done promptly. Fees charged comparable to last accounting practice. A pleasure to communicate with. Luke Fletcher is very experienced and up to date and can advise on all aspects of your business.
Leon McCarronLeon McCarron
08:14 28 Jan 22
Really helpful, responsive and clear. Friendly and makes the process simple to work through.
Nicholas RossNicholas Ross
15:55 01 Nov 21
I have been super impressed with Luke and his team; so responsive to my endless requests and nothing is ever too much trouble. The quality of his advice is first class; I wish I had found him sooner
Daniel DaveyDaniel Davey
15:57 27 Oct 21
After recently making the leap from full-time employment to self-employment, I needed to clear up a plethora of queries. Luke was incredibly responsive and explained the start-up process via Microsoft Teams. The explanation was crystal clear and thorough. Would definitely recommend.
Adam KingAdam King
12:24 15 Oct 21
I came to Luke with a very tricky tax situation and in a bit of a panic. Right from the outset he made me feel reassured and confident we would get to the bottom of my problem. In the end he saved me a lot of money and did so in a very short time period. He is clearly highly skilled and had an answer for all my questions.Thank you!
Izza RexIzza Rex
13:46 18 May 21
Luke was amazing help for me. As a finance novice, Luke was so generous with his time and expertise. He is very knowledgeable and took the time to hear about and understand my business and then explain the relevant tax rules as well as discuss my finance plan going forward. I really appreciate his advice and will be going to him in the future!
Paula NicklinsonPaula Nicklinson
14:08 08 May 21
Constructive consultation. Multiple option advice discussed which would broaden the business opportunities without compromising the ability to stay focused and deliver the services to be provided. Additional information given in terms of specifically relevant websites and regional authorities to be followed up. Became confident that despite having only given the the company the briefest outline of the proposed business and the areas I required them to cover, they had carried out sound preparatory work prior to the consultation to maximise the effectiveness of the discussion. Would definitely recommend.
Hannah McMillanHannah McMillan
18:52 05 May 21
Luke completed my personal tax return. He was very helpful and knowledgeable throughout and everything was completed quickly. He was great at keeping us informed of what was going on and the options available to us. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him and Raw Accounting. A super friendly service!

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