It's important you get the right advice from the start.  Our experts have plenty of experience in supporting start-ups to scale and grow.

Our dedicated Business Accounts Team will ensure your compliance with accounts and tax including VAT and helping with your bookkeeping if required. We will make valuable and practical recommendations that benefit you and your business.

For more information please contact a member of our business accounts team.


If you require funding we will be able to advise you on the most suitable options available to you from traditional sources to crowdfunding and venture capitalists.

To make your business more attractive to investors, we can help you achieve Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) status.

For more information please contact a member of our business accounts team.

Investor Insights

Investing in start-up businesses can be an attractive proposition for many, especially considering the tax reliefs that might be available. That said, investments should only be made after careful consideration of the opportunity including the people behind the business.

Investors should look for a team who have created a valuable proposition which meets a real need within a market and is capable of being scaled quickly.

The people are key to its success whether they be the ones with the idea or the ones who have the skills and experience to take it to market and grow the business.

Some investors follow their heart rather than their head in backing ideas that they believe in but which don’t necessarily stack up financially, either because the idea might be very expensive to launch or the appetite in the marketplace is muted. This is fine if you can afford to walk away if the business fails or you have sufficient resources to continue to back the team if the cash burns more quickly or for longer than expected.

A balanced team is vital to the success of any project – a good mix of skills relevant to the needs of the business, e.g. technical, marketing and finance to name just three. If you have the right team, it is important to keep them engaged by ensuring they retain sufficient equity in the business such that both you as investor and them as a founder and/or management team can share the vision and remain motivated to deliver success.

For more information about how DSG can help you and your potential investee businesses contact a member of our team today.

Tax Advice

We are on hand to guide you through all the reliefs available to you as a start-up business, from Research and Development tax credits to schemes to retain your key employees, to what structure your business should take to be tax efficient and help attract investment.

For more information on how we can help your start-up business please contact a member of our tax team.

VAT Returns

We have a team who are well versed in helping new start and early-stage businesses through the minefield that is VAT.

From initial registration to helping you choose the right scheme for your business, we can complete the returns for you, utilising either the latest online accounting software or (less cost effectively) sifting through your shoe-box of receipts, or to keep your bookkeeping headache away. Either way, we will help you be ready for ‘Making Tax Digital‘.

As a new start business, you are able to claim VAT back on assets that have been bought in the three years prior to registration as long as they were purchased for use in the business and also on expenses incurred up to six months before registering for VAT.

We are able to advise on the implications of VAT for your business including whether or not you should register, and when. For the really tricky VAT questions, we work with a number of highly experienced VAT consultants and if they do not know the answer, the question was probably not about VAT.

For more information about VAT Returns, contact a member of our team today.


Payroll is becoming increasingly difficult and getting it wrong is all too easy.  We can meet all of your payroll requirements and ensure your business is compliant with HMRC. By outsourcing your payroll to us you can have complete peace of mind and free up your time to focus on growing your business.

For more information on how we can help, view our payroll page or contact a member of our payroll team.


We can assist you with all your accounting needs including the preparation and submission of statutory accounts for companies and other entities.

It is important that you understand how your business is performing. We can provide you with monthly or quarterly management accounts, and discuss these with you.

You may also wish to consider using a cloud-based offering such as Quickbooks, Xero or Sage. We have a dedicated team who will be able to advise you on the best choice for your business.

For more information on how we can help you please contact a member of our business accounts team.

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