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Help & Advice

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How long does a company registration take?
  • As soon as you fill out the necessary information, it is sent to the company’s house immediately. Usually, a company takes 2 to 6 working hours to get registered. However, it might take less depending upon processing time.
Do you need a company secretary?

Initially, there is no need for you to appoint a company secretary. A company can function with one director. For older companies, the need for a secretary will depend upon its registration and the M&A. However, most companies today do not need a secretary.

Can I use LIMITED or LTD in my company name?

Companies can use limited or its abbreviation “Ltd.” If a company is registered as a limited company, adding or not adding it in the title will make no legal difference.

What happens if my application to register a company is rejected by Companies House?

If in any case, your company is rejected by the companies’ house, we will assist you in resolving the matter and resubmit your application. A common reason for rejection can include using invalid initials, or an existing company with the same or similar name can pose as a reason for rejection. It is therefore important to contact us when such an issue surface, if at all.

How to appoint a new company director?
  • Company directors and secretaries are termed as company officers, which can be assigned or resigned by simply filling the official form of the companies’ house. The appointment of a company director can be done manually and online.
How to resign a company director?

Company directors and secretaries are termed as company officers, which can be assigned or resigned by simply filling the official form of the companies’ house. The appointment of a company director can be done manually and online.

What is a PSC Register?
  • People with Significant Control’ (PSC) is a legal requirement made compulsory on 6th April 2016 for all UK Companies LLP’s and social enterprises. The company is required to provide this information when preparing to officially register. Companies themselves are required to select people with significant control.
What do Companies and LLP's need to do?
  • Companies working as an LLP need to identify and register People with Significant Control. These nominees are then required to enter onto the business’s own PSC register and also notified to Companies House.
  • In 2018 these rules were also extended to Limited Partnerships.
Who can be a Person of Significant Control (PSC)?
  • There are certain requirements which are to be met for a person to qualify as a Person of Significant Control (PSC). • • • • •
    • Must own more than 25% of the company’s shares.
    • Must hold more than 25% of the company’s voting rights.
    • Must hold the right to appoint or remove the majority of directors
    • Must have right to exercise influence and control
  • Must hold the right to exercise or actually exercises significant control over a trust or company that meets any of the other 4 conditions
  • You will need to record the person’s name, date of birth, nationality, country of residence, service address, residential address, the date they became a person with significant control and the condition they meet to qualify as a person with significant control. When a company presents its registers for inspection the home address is not provided to the general public. The PSC has the option to record a service address which is different to their home address.
What are Money Laundering Regulations?
  • All companies in the UK are requires to register under Anti-Money laundering regulations and will be verified at initiation.
How to register with us?
  • To get started, you are required to complete a simple registration process and provide the documents required to get verified. We offer a variety of packages to help you get started. To figure out which works best for you, you need to consider the following:
How to meet MLR for Corporate Owners?
  • Proof of identification is still applicable for customers with corporate company structure. Identification documents are required from the beneficiary or real owners.
I have received email about an audit of ID documents?
  • As per legal requirement, we make regular checks on the identity we have on record. An audit means verification and your documents can be requested
Can I remove my address from Companies House records?
  • Yes, you can remove/suppress your address in some cases from companies’ house records
How do I keep a company dormant?
  • If a company has no trading activity during the year it is dormant. To keep a company dormant it is important to file documents at Companies House and HMRC every year. You need to file the Confirmation Statement, Accounts and Tax Returns.
What is the Confirmation Statement?
  • The Confirmation Statement is a document submitted to Companies House every year detailing your company structure. It confirms the structure of the company at that moment of time.
How to transfer shares in a company?
  • If your company has more than one shareholder, you are required to fill a stock transfer from. Which then bequeaths shares from person A to the person B.
How do I add a shareholder to my company?
  • Adding a new shareholder to a UK limited company can be a little confusing. You need to complete Companies House forms to increase the share capital and then submit a new statement of capital. More complicated restructuring adds to the complexity of this task.
What is the difference between issued Shares and authorised share capital?
  • Historically, companies used to have an ‘authorised share capital’ and an ‘issued share capital’. This allowed companies to have un-issued shares that could be issued when required. The Companies Act 2006 now only permits shares to be issued and not waiting to be issued.
How to issue a Dividend?
  • Profits are distributed as dividends, for this dividend vouchers must be issued.
What is the difference between our address services?
  • There are two main address services that we offer. The first service is the basic ‘registered office services’ for limited companies and LLPs to use at Companies House. Secondly, we offer a more comprehensive ‘virtual address service’ for businesses to use as their main address.
Which address service do I need?
  • A virtual address can be used as your main point of contact. For a virtual service, your virtual addressed will be displayed as a direct point of contact.
Can I use your virtual address on my website?
  • Yes, you can use our virtual address service to establish your own point of contact.
How private is my personal information held by you?
  • We will never disclose your personal information to members of the public. Any personal details we hold regarding our clients are kept secure and will only be provided to authorities that have the authority to access our records e.g. The Police or HMRC. We will always verify a persons authority before acting on any such request.
What is a registered office?
  • The registered office address is the legal address recorded by Companies House and HM revenue & Customs. It must be an effective address at all times. Both HMRC and Companies House will only communicate with companies through the registered office address.
What mail is sent to the registered office address?

The registered office address receives all mails, letters, packages on behalf of the company. Either from companies’ house or HM Revenue & Customs.

How do I change my registered office?

The address can be changed by filing form AD01 at Companies House. You can complete this online or by filing the paper version of the form.

Why is the registered office address different to the virtual address?

The registered office is specifically required for Limited Companies, LLPs and Limited Partnerships. Sole traders and unincorporated businesses do not need a registered office. Providing separate services allows us to be flexible when supporting businesses with mailing addresses.

Don't I need  solicitor or accountant to do this?

A. No you don't - we can handle the whole process from start to finish. In fact, we provide company formation services to many accountants & solicitors.

Can I choose any name I want for my company?

You can select any name for your company staying in the circle of regulations acceptable to the company’s head. This means you cannot register a counterfeit name of another company, make use of restricted words, or use a racial slur or offensive terminology.

  • Briefly, the restrictions are that:
    • - you cannot register the same name as another company;
    • - the use of certain words is restricted; and
    • - names likely to cause offence are not allowed.
  • The company name will be stated in legible lettering of all the company’s letters, official publications, bills of exchange, endorsement activities, cheques, promissory notes and goods sent or received on behalf of the company.
On which documents must my company name be shown?
  • The company must state its name, in legible lettering, on the following:
    • - all the company's business letters;
    • - all its notices and other official publications;
    • - all bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements, cheques and orders for money or goods purporting to be signed by, or on behalf of, the company;
Where must my company name be displayed?

Every company must paint or fix its name on the outside of every office or place in which its business is carried on - even if it is a director's home. The name must be kept painted or fixed and it must be both conspicuous and legible.

Do I need a company seal?

Seals are no longer obligatory for companies as per the Companies Act in 1989.

What is my accounting reference date?

The accounting reference date is the date in each year to which accounts will be drawn up. The date depends on the date of incorporation as it is the last day of the month in which the anniversary of incorporation falls. For example, if your company is incorporated on 2 July this year, the accounting reference date will be 31 July, and its first financial year must end on 31 July next year (or within seven days of that date).

Can I change my accounting reference date?

You may change it by sending Form AA01 (previously Form 225) (available for download from this website under the Companies House menu option) to the Registrar. You must do this during the accounting period affected by the change or during the period allowed for delivering the associated accounts.

Do I need to register for VAT?

VAT registration is mandatory if your sales have been or are reckoned to be over £85,000 for a year. Otherwise, you are not required to register for VAT.

What is an Annual Return?

A company's accounts and annual return must be filed annually with the Registrar at Companies House. Non-compliance will render the company liable to dissolution with liabilities subsequent to the dissolution being the responsibility of the company directors.

What is the difference between a sole trader registration and a company formation?
  • Registering as a sole trader informs HMRC that you are going to be self employed and will be earning money through your own business. It does not register your business, or create a business; it just tells HMRC what you are doing so that they know how to tax you. As a sole trader you are trading as an individual and taking on all financial and legal liability yourself.
  • Doing a company formation sets up a company as a separate legal entity from yourself. By trading through the company you can benefit from ‘limited liability’ from financial and legal issues. It also means that multiple people can formally take joint ownership of the business by allocating shares in the company.
Who can be a company director in the UK?
  • Basically anyone can carry out a UK company formation and become a company director unless they have been specifically banned from doing so (usually as a result of bankruptcy or legal proceedings). There is an age limit to form a limited company. You have to be 16 years of age or older (Section 157 Companies Act 2006). Although in practical terms it is extremely difficult to do things like open a bank account for your company until you are 18.
  • You only need one person to form a limited company. According to Section 154 of the Companies Act 2006 - A company limited by shares requires at least one (human) director but there may be more and it is possible for a limited company to be director of another limited company, as long as there is at least one human being who is already a director.
  • There is no longer a requirement to have a company secretary (Section 270 The Companies Act 2006) but you may choose to do so if you wish.
  • The final requirement is that you have, or can provide, a UK address to register to company to (this is something we can help with).
Will you activate my service before I supply ID documents?

No, we are legally required to obtain satisfactory ID documents to comply with anti money laundering regulations before we activate any services. Please do not use our address services until you have supplied the requested documents and we have confirmed activation.

What is Companies House?
  • Companies House is the UK registrar of companies. They are a government body that administers companies within England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Companies House provides three main services-
    • The registration and dissolution of UK limited companies;
    • Processing and storing documents and company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation; and
    • Provision of information. Companies House is a public register and they make documents available for public inspection.
    • It is not just limited companies (LTD and PLC) that Companies House are responsible for. They are also the registrar for LLP’s, Unlimited Partnerships, and Community Interest Companies.
What are the memorandum and articles of association?
  • The memorandum and articles of association are legal documents that set out:
    • The Company Name
    • The Registered Office location and
    • The internal constitution of the company
  • You will probably be asked for this document when you open a bank account for your company. All our companies are incorporated using standard 'general commercial company' memorandum and articles. These are written in a way that is designed to enable your company to carry out any business activity and to minimise the administrative requirements on the company. Our company formation service includes the drafting of these essential company documents to ensure proper registration with Companies House.
Do I require a registered workplace address?

It is the address that is mentioned at the companies house, this is the physical address that is used for all further legal correspondences and where all the statutory registers are to be maintained.

What is a Limited Company?

In a limited liability company, shareholders are responsible for the debts that a company incurs with respect to their shares. With one director, a Private limited company can start trading in the market almost immediately. Without any need for a trading certificate.

What is a Company Limited by Guarantee?

A Company Limited by Guarantee usually does not offer share capitals or has shareholders, but instead, have guarantors which are active members of the company.

What is an LLP?

It is a type of company is structured around partnership, with each business partner being provided a limited liability. Which relives them of being held accountable for all the debt or liabilities incurred by the company.

Do I need to reside in the UK to be a director?

The rules to get your company registered is same for everyone, it does not matter if the director of the company is a resident of the UK or not. All that requires for a company to operate in the UK is to get registered with the companies house.

Can I get an update on when my company will be formed?
  • First of all, you will need to ascertain what your requirements are:
    • What type of company do you need - limited by shares, limited by guarantee or LLP?
    • Is it a priority to keep the price as low as possible?
    • Do you need presentable printed documents, or will email versions suffice?
    • Do you need VAT registration?
    • Are you a non-resident of the UK?
  • We recommend visiting our compare packages page and having a look at our available company formation packages. If you need any help, please feel free to talk to our customer service team +447533900001.
How do I get my free domain name?
  • First of all, you will need to ascertain what your requirements are:
    • What type of company do you need - limited by shares, limited by guarantee or LLP?
    • Is it a priority to keep the price as low as possible?
    • Do you need presentable printed documents, or will email versions suffice?
    • Do you need VAT registration?
    • Are you a non-resident of the UK?
  • We recommend visiting our compare packages page and having a look at our available company formation packages. If you need any help, please feel free to talk to our customer service team at +447533900001
What package do I need?
  • First of all, you will need to ascertain what your requirements are:
    • What type of company do you need - limited by shares, limited by guarantee or LLP?
    • Is it a priority to keep the price as low as possible?
    • Do you need presentable printed documents, or will email versions suffice?
    • Do you need VAT registration?
    • Are you a non-resident of the UK?
  • We recommend visiting our compare packages page and having a look at our available company formation packages. If you need any help, please feel free to talk to our customer service team at +447533900001.
To find the right package for you, why not to speak with one of our advisors?
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