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All south African companies whether it be a CC, Private or Public company are required to submit annual returns with the CIPC. Annual returns will vary dependent on the turnover of the business as well as whether it is submitted within the 30 days of incorporation each year.
Here is some answers to questions you may have about annual returns submission
When do you submit these returns?
Within 30 Days of the companies incorporation.
What if I have never submitted annual returns?
If the annual returns are not submitted within 30 days of the companies incorporation date penalties will be charged dependent on number of years the fees are outstanding as well as the annual return fee x the number of outstanding years.
Why should I pay these returns?
The annual returns system is in place to ensure CIPC has current information of the business as well as to know whether it is still operational.
If the company is no longer active?
If a company is no longer active one should approach the CIPC in order for the company to be deregistered in stead of just forgetting about it or ignoring the company.
Visits Phase One Business Registration in order to find out whether your returns are due and let us help you submit them before penalties arise.
Its important to track the marketing efforts of your competitors in order to have knowledge. Understanding your competitors marketing approach will enable you be one step ahead as well as see potental for unexplored avenues of marketing that could benefit your company.
Here are 6 simple ways to know your competitors and what they up to.
1. Google Alerts
Google alerts is another great business that should be utilised in order to understand the competitions marketing strategy. Anyone can subscribe to Google Alerts where you can be emailed daily about blogs, news, videos and discussion related to your selected search terms. Go to Google Alerts to subscribe.
2. Social media feeds
Follow your competitors on Twitter, like them on Facebook add them to your circles on Google+. This may feel as if you are supporting them by making there social media network bigger, however it is the simplest way to monitor their interaction with clients and what clients have to say to them.
Keep up to date with promotions, specials and sales that your competitors are offering. This is a great way to compare product offerings and to see what they doing right and wrong as well as how your business can adapt its product offerings if necessary.
4. Sales material
Sales material is a great way to understand what your competitors have to offer and how they present their offerings.
5. Visit their store
Seeing how and what your competitors is vital there is no point in doing research on them from a far. In modern society the experiences of the customer are increasingly important and although you may have the best price a customer may rather pay extra for great service from another company. Be sure to see how your competitors offer their product and the service that accompanies they purchasing experience, this is best done by being a ‘potential’ buyer.
6. Monitor the website
IT is always important to know how your competitors present them self a companies website says a lot about the company and gives off an impression of professionalism if it is constantly updated and smartly designed. This can be a subjective element however it is still important to regularly check what they are up to on the web even if it cut 5 minutes out of your morning Facebook session.