The Cardboard Box Game

This is a team game about a cardboard box, imaginatively called:

“The Cardboard Box Game”

It may have been variously advertised as “The Mysterious Mystery Game”.








Attendees are divided into equal sized groups of around 5 to 10 people.

Each team has a small cardboard box containing some stationery. Teams are invited to share stationery if at all possible. The box is what Royal Mail calls a “small parcel mailing box” and it measures 35 x 25 x 16 centimetres.





This box is flammable!

Rule 0 – Do not be on fire!

A poster from HackSpace Nottingham which looks like a traffic sign. A person is running away from a fire, the border has a large red circle, with a large red diagonal line. Beneath the circle, in big bold capitals it says DO NOT BE ON FIRE. The poster is edged with black and yellow tape, commonly used to fence off danger.





Each team selects one advice slip from a hat. The slip contains a word or phrase.

The challenge is to develop a product, based on the word or phrase, and use the Cardboard Box as the prop. You are trying to sell your product. Either as some type of box, or where the box is a key feature of your offering.





You have 20 minutes to work on the project.

The box may be modified and/or decorated in order to support your story. One or two team members (a maximum of two) will give a 60 second presentation about the product. Keep it simple, just basic dialogue and/or role playing. No Powerpoint, etc!




The Rules

0. Do not be on fire.

1. The cardboard box must be the focal point of the presentation.

2. No Eiffel Towers or origami frogs. The cardboard box must remain clearly identifiable as a cardboard box.

3. The storyline for your product must remain faithful to the expression on the advice slip. The more amusing the better. Derivations on the theme, or the development of tangential ideas are permitted. For example, if your expression was “Outer Space”, then a project about “Star Wars” would be fine, along with a chunky “cardboard box version of R2D2”. There must always be a clear and obvious link between the expression and the product.

4. Presentations may not exceed 60 seconds.






Gained for Lost for
Artistic creation
Cardboard engineering skills
Coherent storyline
Imaginative team name
Boxes which do not resemble boxes
Deviation from the expression
The decision of the judges is final.

This document can be found at:





A fixed asset register

Claiming tax relief on the big things

All businesses can claim tax relief on business expenses. That can include items that you bought before the business started! Do you have a laptop, and any other IT kit? Is your office equipped with a desk, a chair and a book case? Here’s a typical list of things that you might be introducing. There may be things on this list that you should ignore, and there may be other special things (in your line of business) that we haven’t thought about.

All of these things are “the big things”, the sorts of things that will serve the business over a number of years, and not be used up all in one go. Use this list as a guide, and please compile your own. The descriptions under “model” and “serial number” should be sufficiently clear so that one Dell laptop can be distinguished from the next Dell laptop that you buy, if you see what we mean!

If you run a limited company you should avoid having a company car. Keep you car as a private asset. If you have a self employed trade and the car is a fundamental requirement, then include it in this list.

* make * * model * * serialno* * Date Acquired * * total cost *
Car 1
Car 2
Desktop 1
Desktop 2
Printer 1
Printer 2
Laptop 1
Laptop 2
Fax machine
Air con
Digital camera
Video camera
Desk 1
Chair 1
Filing cabinet 1
Book case 1
Desk 2
Chair 2
Filing cabinet 2
Book case 2
Other specialist equipment

Once your list has been prepared, please let us have a copy.

New company reference numbers

When a new company is incorporated, both Companies House and HMRC will issue reference numbers. This may take between 14 and 28 days. In order to submit documents electronically, we need to ask you to let us know the reference in each case.

HM Revenue & Customs call it a Unique Taxpayer Reference or a UTR. Companies House talks about an authentication code. Examples of the tax office form and the Companies House letter are shown below. In each case, please let us know the reference or the code. We don’t need the letter, just a simple email with the reference or the code, thanks.

Once we have the reference number from HMRC we will complete the form CT41G for you using our own electronic proforma. You do not need to do anything with the original paper form. File it in your system just in case you need the UTR later.

We will check that the Companies House authentication code works on their  web site, and then we’ll keep it safe pending the submission of various forms in future.