We’re recruiting – Corporate Legal Controller

Goodwille is a forward-thinking, ambitious company dedicated to providing foreign businesses with the professional services required to establish themselves and flourish in the UK. These include Corporate Legal, Finance, People Management, Payroll & Virtual Offices.

We are currently looking for an experienced Corporate Legal Controller to join our Corporate Legal team in London. As a Corporate Legal Controller at Goodwille, you will manage your own portfolio of clients and work closely with the Head of Department to deliver new/existing services and grow the business.

Key responsibilities include

  1. Legal
    • Provide point of reference for initial legal advice of clients
    • Provide corporate legal service offering, including;
      • Drafting corporate agreements
      • Share option schemes registration
      • Corporate restructure support
    • Liaise with and further develop relationships with Professional Support Partners
    • Staying updated on legal developments and changes to UK laws and regulations and assist with the development of CoSec bulletin on legal developments
  2. Compliance
    • Performance of Company Secretarial role (incorporations and statutory filings, HMRC registrations)
    • Work with the KYC/compliance team and optimising existing processes
    • Provide point of reference for compliance team and oversee day-to-day work
    • Ensuring application of best practices as required by client profiles
  3. Management
    • Assist the head of department in managing the CoSec team’s daily processes and long-term development
    • Mentoring and coaching members of department
    • Possibility to drive clients’ legal business development
    • Project development in accordance with legal requirements and market sentiments
  4. New Client Acquisition
    • Taking an active part in winning new business, and developing existing relationships
    • Represent the department and company at networking events

To succeed in this role, you should be educated to degree level, preferably in a legal or business discipline with further Company Secretary qualifications (e.g. ICSA, MSC Corporate Governance). We believe that you have experience of working in an international environment and coaching/supervising team member. Experience of client relationship management and technical company secretarial know-how, as well as experience working with company secretarial software (preferably Blueprint OneWorld) is essential. While fluency in English is a must, being able to speak an additional (Nordic) would be an advantage.

We are a strong and diverse team, so being sociable and engaging is important as we put a lot of emphasis on team and company culture. This is a client-facing role, so being communicative with a high level of cultural awareness and the ability to build and develop new and existing relationships with clients and partners is highly valued.

In joining us, you will become part of a modern and inclusive organisation, capable of offering a stimulating environment where you will be working with a diverse range of client companies and given the opportunity to develop the team and department which you will be part of.

This is your chance to join #TeamGoodwille – check us out on Instagram. When you join Goodwille you get access to a whole range of employee benefits, all designed to ensure an enjoyable work/life balance. Some benefits for all employees include:

  • Office fruit every week
  • Employee perks, rewards & benefits including discounts on supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Tesco etc.), high street stores (Topshop, John Lewis etc.) & gyms
  • Complimentary phone insurance, as we know how important it is to stay connected
  • Access to the well-being & lifestyle platform, including eating advice, exercise routines and yoga videos
  • Generous social budget for team lunches, parties and for you to hang out with colleagues

Job type: Permanent, full time
Location: Kensington, West London
Salary: Depending on experience/skill set

If you like the sound of this vacancy and all the features and benefits you get by being part of a team like Goodwille, then please contact vidou.motee@goodwille.com.
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Differences in business culture in London, Berlin and Oslo

London, Berlin and Oslo – three European capital cities all considered to be great places for business. One might think that if you are successful in one of the cities, you can plug and play your strategy if you plan to expand to a new market. It’s Northern Europe after all! However, in some aspects the business culture and how business is conducted differ significantly between the cities. Below are just two of the aspects that work differently in London, Berlin and Oslo.

Employment

In London, most of the employment is based on a permanent and pensionable format. Employees’ health and safety, insurance, pension and statutory deductions are borne directly by the employer.

However, in Berlin, the trend of freelance and agency workers has taken hold. Many companies prefer this sort of arrangement as opposed to full-time employees. Germany has a strict policy on employee welfare and labour laws to safeguard the working environment, workplace safety and regulations.

Oslo, as Norway is not part of the EU, has its own governing structure on labour regulations. Their culture and Jante law is the reference point of most business decisions. Norwegian are also thorough in their prior research, pre-prep and screening of potential employees. Once you get into the system, your future is safeguarded with laws protecting from arbitrary firing and dismissal.

Contractual Agreements

In London, when it comes to drawing agreements, it is considered prudent to have everything in black and white with lengthy contracts and contractual processes that safeguard the welfare of both parties in the business and working environment.

Comparatively, in Berlin, “a short contract is a good contract” as long as it covers the legal bases and the parties involved are well aware of the consequences of a breached contract and the laws that abide.

In Oslo, however, their general culture has a big influence on how they conduct business. They take time to go through the documents, do in-depth research and checks before making business decisions or having ink on paper.

Goodwille help businesses mainly from the Nordic and Germanic regions with expanding to the UK. Our extensive knowledge of working in the intersection of these cultures makes us a great partner when launching on the UK market. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you in the UK!

Three things to consider before joining the UK market

If your business has been successful in your home country and your services and products have also received some interest from UK consumers, congratulations! However, before setting up an office in a foreign country, ensure you consider all aspects. Here are three questions to ask yourself before entering the UK market.

What are your objectives and why the UK?

Goal setting and having clear objectives must be a priority for every business to be successful, but especially when entering a new market. You will need to know how your business is currently operating and ask yourself some key questions:

• What are my long-term and short-term goals?
• How does my business compare to others in the UK market?
• What are my business’ current profit margins?

Next, you need to ask yourself how the UK helps you achieve these. The final decision to open a UK office should hinge on how well it meets the key objectives of your overall business plan and not on specific factors in isolation such as tax, employment conditions and legal aspects.

Of course, while achieving business objectives is paramount, you also need to consider where in the UK would best meet your needs. While London may seem the obvious choice, other major cities such as Manchester, Aberdeen and Cambridge might pose specific benefits for your business’ skills niche or industry.

What type of entity do you need?

Deciding what business entity you will operate under is not to be taken lightly as it can have implications both in the short term and the long term, particularly with regards legal aspects such as paying tax, sharing out profits, making company decisions and liabilities.

The three most common ways foreign investors set up a UK company include:

I. Registering as a UK establishment – commonly referred to as a UK branch

II. Incorporating a UK subsidiary, where the most common is a private limited company

III. Incorporating a limited liability partnership

Finding the most suitable business entity may require expert help, and seeking advice from an expert can be very useful. An adviser with experience of helping companies setup in the UK can help you make the decision by asking all the relevant questions. Before you make the decision of the type of business entity, we recommend considering the below aspects with your adviser;

• The business’ nature and likelihood of prosperity in the UK
• The period you expect to be in the UK
• The challenges that you might face in establishing your business in the UK
• Administrative costs and disclosure requirements
• Tax implications

What legal implications will you face?

Next, you will have to deal with the legal side of things. The business entity you have chosen will determine your duties and responsibilities. In either case, you will have to register your business with Companies House and with HMRC, the UK tax Authority. In addition to this you will also have to factor in the necessary time for completing all the required registrations and paperwork before you can legally start trading in the UK.

Once you have considered the above and decided to enter the UK market, you will be in a position to enjoy the many benefits that the UK has to offer, including good infrastructure, specialist skills bases, a healthy business environment and a diverse yet skilled workforce. If you need advice on how to set up a UK company, you should speak to the experts at Goodwille. We can advice on the most suitable business entity to your business and your legal responsibilities in the UK. Read more about our Corporate Legal services or contact us today for more information.

Employment legislation to consider before taking on UK employees

If you’re expanding into the UK and plan to take on UK employees, you’ll need to ensure you comply with UK employment legislation. The following tips gives you a good start to ensure you keep on the right side of the law when you start to employ UK workers.

Points to consider when taking on employees in the United Kingdom

1. You need to pay at least the statutory minimum wage to UK workers. The rates for the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage change every April. From April 2019, the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage are;
£8.21 per hour for workers aged 25 and over,
£7.70 per hour for workers aged 21 to 24 ,
£6.15 per hour for workers aged 18 to 20,
£4.35 per hour for workers under the age of 18,
£3.90 per hour for Apprentices.

2. It is important to check whether potential employees have a legal right to work in the UK.

3. If your job vacancy entails working with vulnerable members of society or has security issues, you may need to register your employee for a DBS check prior to taking them on.

4. You will need to organise an Employers’ Liability Insurance just as soon as you engage your first employee.

5. If you intend to take on employees for longer than one month, you will need to issue them with a written statement of employment which confirms all the terms and details of their job.

6. You should register for PAYE (Pay-As-You-Earn, which includes National Insurance and Income Tax) with HM Revenue and Customs at least four weeks before you pay your first employee.

7. Find out whether if all new staff will need to be automatically enrolled in a workplace pension scheme.

Goodwille provides a variety of services to companies planning to expand into the United Kingdom. We can help you with all the above issues and more to make sure you fulfil your duties as a UK employer. Read more about our HR Services here or contact us to find out more.

New platform to access your payslips

After March 2020, all employees of our Payroll client companies should use myePayWindow to access their payslips.

ePayslips, the platform where the employees of our client companies can access their payslips, will be retired from use after March 2020 and replaced by a new platform, myePayWindow.

myePayWindow is already accessible and we encourage our clients and their employees to move over to the new platform. If you are still using the old platform ePayslips, please contact the Payroll Department on payroll.support@goodwille.com who can issue you with a registration invite to myePayWindow.

Previous payslips, P11D’s and P60’s will be accessible under the new login. You can access both platforms on the Cloud portal login page until the end of March 2020.


Many of our clients entrust Goodwille to handle the complete payroll processing and administration. As your Payroll provider, we make sure you comply with UK regulations and meet all your obligations as an employer. Our Payroll team keeps your payroll running smoothly and ensure that employees are paid accurately on time, every time. Read more about our Payroll services here and contact us for more information. 

Join our Oslo Innovation Week event

Norwegian explorer Liv Arnesen made international headlines in 1994 as the first woman in the world to ski solo and unsupported to the South pole – a 50-day expedition that took her 745 miles.

Join our OSLO Innovation Week seminar, available to the CEOs & Founders of Norwegian startups and scaleups, to hear one of Norway’s greatest ever female explorers, Liv, share the battles and rewards when you dare to dream. It can be a lonely world when you work in a startup, and it can be a really lonely world when you travel 50 days unsupported to the South Pole.

In this powerful conference, TedX speaker Liv will share and discuss leadership in small teams, risk management and how to find the courage in yourself when the going gets tough. All startups will hit hurdles, especially when so many dream of going to new countries. Join this conference to find out more about the challenges you will face when you dare to explore outside of Norway.

Event details

Date: 25 September 2019
Venue: The Lounge @ Mesh, 3 Tordenskiolds gate, 0160 Sentrum, Oslo
Time: 10:00 – 12:30
Tickets: Grab your ticket HERE!

Tickets are available free of charge to Norwegian startup CEO & Founders. You must register using a corporate email account.

About Oslo Innovation Week

Oslo Innovation Week is an annual happening inviting people from all around the world to Norway’s capital city. Celebrating all things innovation, OIW brings together change-driven corporates, entrepreneurs, startups and organisations for conferences, pitching, workshops and networking. 2019’s edition in the 14th Oslo Innovation Week around, this year held between 23-27 September. Oslo Innovation Week is owned by the City of Oslo and Innovation Norway, with Oslo Business Region as project manager. Check out the full programme for OIW 2019 on oiw.no.

Running for a Good Cause

On 21st July 2019, Team Goodwille are joining thousands of runners winding their way through Central London together for the ASICS London 10K 2019!

Running the London 10K for charity has become a tradition and this summer we are running to raise money for our company charity MicroLoan Foundation. Their incredible work helps the poorest women in sub-Saharan Africa to work their way out of poverty. Goodwille has supported MicroLoan for several years and we are proud to support their work which has a lasting impact.

Support our runners Rachael (Senior Financial Controller), Jacqui (HR Manager), Johanna (Marketing Executive) and Isabelle (Corporate Legal Assistant) and help us raise funds for a good cause on our JustGiving page. All contributions, however large or small, are greatly appreciated and make a longstanding impact and difference. All funds raised for MicroLoan Foundation will provide more loans and business training to women in sub-Saharan Africa.

About the MicroLoan Foundation

MicroLoan is a different kind of charity, offering hope, not handouts to impoverished women in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Their small business loans and business training enable these women to build businesses and move towards financial sustainability. By giving hope and not handouts, MicroLoan empowers women in sub-Saharan to work their way out of poverty. Read more about the impact that MicroLoan has on women’s life on microloan.org.uk.

Interested in reading more about how Goodwille support charities and the activities we undertake to raise money for good causes? Check out our Charity Page.

How telephone answering services can improve client retention

When you open a new UK office, it’s clearly desirable to seek new prospects and clients, but it’s also extremely important to look after the customers you already have. But how can you guarantee a quick response to your clients’ calls throughout the working day when you are busy with meetings? And what about dealing with overseas customers or those in a totally different time zone? That’s where a good telephone answering service can help you.

Speaking with a real person

No matter how much information you provide for your clients on your website and regardless of how efficient you are at answering emails, people still prefer to speak directly to a human being when they have a query. A lack of response to their phone calls or merely getting through to a voicemail service or automatic message is a sure way of alienating, frustrating, and potentially losing those important existing customers.

A good live telephone answering service means that your existing customers can be confident of always getting through to a real person, 24/7. However, for a really good customer service experience to be provided, it’s important that your answering service staff have access to existing customer information and an understanding of likely queries relating to invoices etc. that may arise.

Why good customer service is so important for your existing clients

Obviously, customers who place regular orders for your goods or services are important when it comes to your monthly revenue. However, retaining them is also vital if your business is to thrive and grow.

Think about it; a poor customer service experience suffered by one client is likely to be passed on to their business contacts by way of a negative recommendation. Those people may then feed back this information to their own associates and suppliers, who in turn may do the same. Add to this the likes of Twitter, Facebook and the myriad other social media sites and forums used by businesses and you can see just how rapidly and extensively your business reputation could be damaged.

A well-informed, efficient live answering service could turn the above scenario completely on its head. Happy customers will tell their associates, and your business’ good reputation for looking after its clients will spread out like ripples across a pond. Because of this, you may find that new clients actually come to you, thus saving you the expense and hassle of extensive marketing campaigns, whilst your business continues to grow and thrive.

In conclusion

Employing a good live answering service is a sure way of keeping your existing clients happy and indirectly boosting your marketing activity and generating business for your new UK office. Can your business really afford not to have one? Goodwille offers telephone answering services as part of our Virtual Office service offering. Read more about how we can support your business in the UK and contact us today for more information.

Updates to the EU Settlement Scheme

Following the resignation of Prime Minister Theresa May, and with the race for a new Prime Minister and leader of the Tory Party already in full-swing, the level of uncertainty in the Brexit process has definitely increased and muddied potential outcomes. Nevertheless, the UK is still due to leave the EU on, or before, 31 October 2019 as agreed with the EU in April. This has led to a shift in the timetable of the Brexit process and some deadlines for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

In January 2019, we published our guide to the EUSS; a flowchart looking at 3 primary questions concerning EU citizens’ rights in the UK post-Brexit UK. There have since been some notable changes to the EUSS flowchart, such as the UK government opening the EUSS to the public at no cost in April as promised, the possibility for iPhone users to also use the Home Office App later this year to upload passport information, the UK government noting that EEA country citizens would also be able to apply for EUSS, are but a few changes of noteworthy importance. There is more information in our flowchart, which is accessible on the link below.

We understand the uncertainty surrounding the fate of all EU citizens in the UK in a post-Brexit Britain, and our guide aims to shed some light on the changes to the rights of residency for EU and EEA citizens in the UK. Our flowchart will forward you to relevant sites and offer professional guidance concerning any aspects of the relevant law, and hopefully, provide you with a piece of mind regarding your rights to remain in the UK post-Brexit.

Access our guide to the EU Settlement Scheme here.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your rights to reside and do business in and with the United Kingdom after Brexit.

UK Investment Support Directory

Goodwille is one of the best service providers to support inward investment to the UK!

Department for International Trade (DIT) launched the UK Investment Support Directory in May 2019, to help overseas businesses with finding the right support when setting up or expanding in the UK. We are honoured to announce that Goodwille is one of the UK specialist firms listed in the Directory as experts in helping foreign businesses establish on the UK market!

About the UK Investment Support Directory

The UK Investment Support Directory is a collection of companies with skills and experience in helping overseas businesses establish or expand in the UK. The Directory includes service providers carefully selected by DIT based on their experience and expertise in the UK marketplace.

The aim of the Directory is to provide a link between foreign businesses and local experts; it helps overseas businesses to find the most appropriate local support by listing UK service providers by industry and experience, all in one place. If you need specialist advice within a specific sector or with specific language skills, the Directory makes it easy for you to find British businesses with just the expertise and experience you are looking for!

Goodwille is in a good position to assist foreign businesses with navigating the UK market. We have over 20 years of experience helping businesses mainly from the Nordics to set up an run successful UK operations. With clients ranging from tech startups to retail chains, we are well equipped to support businesses in any sector.

On our Business Profile Page you can read more about the services we provide for overseas companies thinking about expanding to the UK, as well as some examples of companies we have helped to achieve UK success.

The full UK Investment Support Directory is accessible on DIT’s website.

Are you looking to set up or expand your business in the UK? Contact Goodwille today to hear more about how we have helped over 1,800 businesses set up and run a successful UK operation. We are happy to share our experience and help businesses from abroad off to a flying start in the UK!