The majority of UK entrepreneurs prefer to self-fund, or “bootstrap” their startups, research from Essex company formation agent, The Company Warehouse, shows. Until now, it has been difficult to gauge entrepreneur’s attitudes towards funding in general. Previous research has focussed on how likely entrepreneurs are to use specific sources of funding, e.g. bank loans ,… Read More


Whether you’re just starting a business, or if you already own a small-to-midsize corporation, the value of good networking opportunities can never be understated. If you’re drafting a business idea, but haven’t yet formed a company, networking events provide a great opportunity to learn from more experienced entrepreneurs. If you’re an SME owner, the benefits… Read More


startup advice

“9 out of 10 startups fail” “half of all startups fail within the first 5 years” If you’re thinking of starting a business, you’ve probably heard these statistics time and again. As a company formation agent, we’re well aware of the struggles that would-be entrepreneurs face on their way to success. If you’re thinking of setting… Read More


creative workspaces

  Since The Company Warehouse launched in 2003, we’ve had the privilege of seeing Essex evolve into a hub of startup activity, with company formation numbers increasing over the years. Colchester continues to lead the way as the county’s creative hub, with the largest creative economy in the area. 18% of businesses in the town are… Read More


startup funding

At the Company Warehouse, we work with hundreds of new startups and company formations  in Essex every year, so we’re always interested to hear about new funding opportunities and initiatives in the area. Those looking to start a new business, or grow an existing one in Essex, will be interested to know that Tendring District… Read More


Companies House has introduced some important changes which affect the formation of small companies in the UK and which became law on 30th June. The major impact of the changes is that additional information needs to be provided to Companies House when companies are being formed. The changes are related to: Standard Industrial Classification Codes… Read More


If you needed any convincing that crowd funding can be an effective way of raising money for your startup, then you don’t need to look beyond the borders of Essex for evidence. Already the beneficiary of £150,000 in funding via the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), Chelmsford-based education technology startup University Compare is now raising… Read More


For generations small businesses have, in many ways, been the lifeblood of the communities they serve. It’s a status that has never been more threatened by the presence of larger, out of town competitors than it is today. For startups and those looking to form limited companies, the prospect of making headway in increasingly competitive… Read More