Clear sky for start ups as the clouds clear the way

Nov 02, 2011
Clear sky for start ups as the clouds clear the way
Aldermaston, 2 August 2011 - Leading Cloud providers @UK PLC and Liquid Accounts have teamed up to provide a quick, simple service to help UK start ups get up and trading from only £ 9.99 per month at
Ronald Duncan Chairman of @UK started up 20 years ago, and the process took over a month, as he says “Our new service means that start ups can get up and trading the same day thanks to our new service, and this will mean that 4 out 5 make it through the process rather than 4 out 5 failing by the wayside.”
@UK PLC the cloud ecommerce marketplace, is celebrating the 20th anniversary founder Ronald Duncan’s original business this month, and is marking the occasion by teaming up with leading Cloud Accounting system ‘Liquid Accounts’ to launch (, an innovative new start-up business site offering a complete online solution to new businesses and budding entrepreneurs.
Ronald Duncan the UK’s no 1 ski racer started off Ski Monday providing Corporate Hospitality, and then moved into computing to fill in the gaps between events. Filling in the gaps has now resulted in @UK an ecommerce marketplace, and Europe’s leading B2B cloud platform with over 1 million users.
Ronald Duncan 1991 World Alpine Ski Championships Saalbach Hinterglem
Ronald Duncan Competing in 1991 World Championships @ Saalbach Hinterglem
Since @UK floated in 2005 it has helped to create more than 200,000 successful new businesses, and has more than 4,000 suppliers on its books. There are currently over 4 million items available to be bought through the @UK ecommerce marketplace and more than 1 million active buyers. offers a complete package that includes a new company, bank account, domain name, e-commerce website, business club membership and exclusive start-up version of Liquid Cloud Accounting software.
Budding entrepreneurs visiting the site will be able to form a company immediately and choose from a selection of cloud start up packages, which include all their essential business tools.  Prices start from only £9.99 per month and the initiative allows new start-ups to start trading instantly with over 1 million buyers on the @UK ecommerce marketplace.
Both companies behind the venture are UK market leaders in cloud computing and active in BASDA, the Business Application Software Developers Association. Both are also on the Governing Body of the Cloud Industry Forum and are committed to supporting and encouraging UK enterprise. 
Ronald Duncan, Chairman of @UK plc, commented, “Since I started in business twenty years ago, the small business marketplace has changed beyond all recognition and we have changed with it, leading the way with our innovative approaches to helping individuals get their business off the ground, and enabling them to trade with like minded individuals.
“In that time, we have had many notable success stories, and pride ourselves on standing alongside our businesses from start-up, to Fortune 500 level.
“There is a lot to do when you start up a new business and our joint package with Liquid Accounts means that you can get everything done in a few hours and can focus on your business from day one. Our combined package takes the stress out of start-ups, and allows entrepreneurs to get on with what they do best… running their business, as well as providing them with the opportunity to trade from day one with up to the 1 million buyers on the @UK ecommerce marketplace.
“With, we can think of no more fitting tribute to mark our twenty years of dedicated work with start-up business.”
Matt Holmes, Managing Director of Liquid Accounts added, “We're delighted to be working together with @UK, and offer our award-winning cloud accounting software as part of a cloud start-up package for new businesses. Statistics show that while 4 out of 5 new start-ups fail within the first three years, 4 out of 5 who use a computerised accounting system survive, simply because they can quickly and easily keep track of money coming in and going out and make sure that they don't run out! Our cloud accounting system helps them keep track of their figures and essential business information instantly from any device with an internet connection 24/7 and share them with their accountant, bank or advisor's.”
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Notes to Editors: will offer an @UK’s complete business start-up solution, alongside a package from Liquid Accounts, and will include:
           @UK Company Formation
           Barclays Bank Account
           @UK Domain Name Registration
           @UK SiteGenerator Ecommerce Website
           Liquid Accounts Exclusive start up versions
           @UK Cloud email 4 business
           @UK Business Club Membership
The complete solution is instantly deployed on @UK and Liquids Cloud Platform.
@UK is the Europe’s leading Cloud Platform with over 1 million users, which is used for University and College’s procurement along with Local Authority, Schools and other Government and Private sector procurement.
The GeM marketplace for Universities on Colleges is the only card based national marketplace in the world and was successfully delivered for the 800 Universities and Colleges and the 680 National Suppliers, proving that Cloud Ecommerce delivers large complex projects for Government on time and budget.
Richard Benyon MP, launched the @UK Green Ecommerce Marketplace back in October 2010, and it is now the largest repository of product carbon footprints in the World.
@UK was used by the National Audit Office to identify over £ 500 million in savings for 25% of NHS spend. The ground breaking SpendInsight system used to identify the savings resulted in 2 PhD’s in artificial Intelligence.
About Liquid Acounts
Liquid is an award-winning, UK-based market leader of online accounting software. Our jargon-free, user-friendly business accounting system is designed to save you time and money and make running your business easier.
Liquid is a fully flexible and customisable online accounting software package.
Its scalable, modular design is ideal for growing businesses that trade online or internationally, work in multiple locations, or on the road, and who need a grown-up package to keep track of stock, job costing, orders and sales teams.
We work with everyone from Ebay Shops to multi-nationals.
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