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Corporate law services
We provide leading UK corporate law services for all purposes
We help develop young companies and teams
Company registration:
  • UK Private Limited Company
  • Fast Formation (2-6 hours)
  • 100% Managed Formation (We do everything for you)
  • All Fees (There are no hidden charges)...
Our company secretary typically offers the following services:
  • Company Formation: Assisting with the process of incorporating a new company, including preparing the necessary documents, filing them with Companies House, and obtaining the certificate of incorporation...
VAT (Value Added Tax) is a tax added to most products and services sold by VAT-registered businesses.
Company authentication codes online filing. WebFiling account is the first step in creating a single sign-in across all Companies House services...

You can choose to liquidate your limited company (also called ‘winding up’ a company).

The company will stop doing business and employing people. The company will not exist once it’s been removed (‘struck off’) from the companies register at Companies House...

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What We Do
We help develop young companies and teams
Company registration
  • UK Private Limited Company
  • Fast Formation (2-6 hours)
  • 100% Managed Formation (We do everything for you)
  • All Fees (There are no hidden charges)
  • London Registered Office Address (1 month)
  • Director/PSC Service Address
  • Digital mail forwarding from Companies House & HMRC
  • Digital Certificate of Incorporation
  • Digital Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Digital Share Certificate
  • Digital First Board Meeting Minutes
Company secretary
Our company secretary typically offers the following services:
  • Company Formation: Assisting with the process of incorporating a new company, including preparing the necessary documents, filing them with Companies House, and obtaining the certificate of incorporation.
  • Compliance Management: Ensuring the company complies with statutory obligations and regulatory requirements, such as filing annual accounts, maintaining registers, and submitting annual confirmation statements to Companies House.
  • Statutory Record-Keeping: Maintaining and updating the company's statutory registers, including the register of members, register of directors, register of people with significant control (PSC), and register of charges.
  • Board Support: Providing administrative support to the board of directors, including arranging board meetings, preparing agendas and minutes, and ensuring compliance with corporate governance principles and regulations.
  • Shareholder Relations: Managing relationships with shareholders, handling share transfers, issuing share certificates, and assisting with the organization of general meetings and the distribution of relevant documentation.
  • Filing and Reporting: Preparing and submitting various statutory filings to Companies House, such as changes to the company's officers, share capital, or registered address, and ensuring compliance with filing deadlines.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Keeping up to date with changes in company law and regulations, advising the company on compliance matters, such as data protection (GDPR), anti-money laundering (AML), and corporate governance codes.
  • Company Secretarial Duties: Performing routine company secretarial tasks, including drafting resolutions, maintaining the company's constitution (Articles of Association), and ensuring compliance with the Companies Act 2006 and other relevant legislation.
  • Corporate Transactions: Assisting with corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings, by preparing necessary documentation, coordinating with legal and financial advisors, and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.
  • Corporate Governance Advisory: Providing guidance on corporate governance best practices, advising on board structures, director responsibilities, and compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code.
  • Training and Education: Offering training sessions and workshops to directors and company staff on corporate governance, compliance requirements, and the role and responsibilities of a company secretary.
It's important to note that the specific services offered by a company secretary may vary depending on the individual or firm providing the services and the specific needs of the company.
VAT registration
VAT: applications, exceptions and changes.

The WebFiling account
Company authentication codes online filing.
There are 3 types of liquidation:

  • creditors’ voluntary liquidation - your company cannot pay its debts and you involve your creditors when you liquidate it
  • compulsory liquidation - your company cannot pay its debts and you apply to the courts to liquidate it
  • members’ voluntary liquidation - your company can pay its debts but you want to close it
How to set up a limited company in the UK

When starting a business, it's common to operate as a sole trader and essentially work for yourself. But as you gain more experience, transitioning to a private limited company may become more advantageous.
While the process of forming a limited company (Ltd) is relatively simple, it's crucial to understand the legal, financial, and other obligations that come with it.
To learn all about private limited companies and the steps to establish one, continue reading below.
What is a limited company?
A limited company is a business formation that operates as an independent legal and financial entity separate from its directors. The key benefit of this structure is limited liability, where the shareholders' personal assets are shielded if the company goes bankrupt or is involved in legal proceedings. The shareholders are only responsible for the nominal value of their shares in the company.
A limited company must have at least one director, maintain dedicated bank accounts, pay corporate taxes, can be traded through the buying and selling of shares, and is required to register with Companies House.
Why set up a limited company?
The primary advantage of setting up a limited company is the limited liability it provides to its directors. The company operates as a distinct legal entity, with its own bank accounts and other financial dealings, which ensures that the directors' liability is restricted to the nominal value of their shareholding. This is a significant advantage over being a sole trader, where personal finances are not fully separated from business finances, and personal assets can be at risk in the event of business failure or legal action.
In addition, limited companies typically pay a lower rate of tax on their profits, making it an attractive option for businesses looking to optimize their tax position.
When should I change from sole trader to limited company?
Sole trading can be an advantageous way to test and refine your business model with minimal administrative costs and no registration fees. As a sole trader, you have the flexibility to make independent decisions without the need for consultations with other directors or shareholders. However, the main disadvantage of sole trading is the personal liability that comes with the business. This means that as the business grows, the risks associated with personal liability also increase. Additionally, sole traders are required to pay income tax on their profits rather than corporation tax.
In contrast, forming a private limited company offers more protection against personal liability, as the company is a separate legal entity with its own assets and liabilities. This legal structure also allows for various funding options, including the ability to obtain private equity funding by selling shares in the business. This flexibility in funding options can be a significant advantage over sole trading, which is generally limited to taking out business loans from banks.
Can I set up a limited company on my own?
It is possible to set up a company where you are the sole employee and only director. Many contractors prefer to operate as companies because it reduces the risk of being classified as employees by clients for tax and legal purposes. Additionally, operating as a company provides contractors with personal liability protection in the event of client lawsuits, which can protect their personal assets.
Alternatively, contractors may choose to operate under an umbrella company, which handles the company administration for them. This can be a more straightforward option for those who do not wish to manage the company's administrative responsibilities.
The 7 steps to setting up a limited company
Here are the steps you need to follow to set up a company:
  1. Determine if a company is the right structure for your business.
  2. Choose a unique name for your company that is not offensive or misleading.
  3. Appoint at least one director who will be responsible for the company's decisions and tax filings. You can also appoint a company secretary, but this is not required.
  4. Decide who will be the shareholders, with at least one required. Shares can be divided among directors and shareholders, and the person with more than 25% of shares is a "person of significant control."
  5. Create the necessary company documents: a memorandum of association and articles of association that outline the company's formation and how it will be run.
  6. Keep accurate records of all details about the company, including its accounting records, for at least six years.
  7. Register your company and its address with Companies House, and choose the correct Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code that matches the nature of your business. You can also register for corporation tax during this process.
How to register a limited company
You have the option to register your company with Companies House through an online application or by submitting form IN01 via post. If you decide not to include the word "limited" in your company name, you must register via post. Online applications are usually processed within 24 hours, while postal registrations can take up to 10 days. After successful registration, you will receive a Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) within a few days via post. It is important to keep this reference number safe. Additionally, you will receive a 'certificate of incorporation', which confirms that your company is legally established, along with the company number and formation date.
How much does it cost to register a company?
To register your company, you can choose between online or postal registration. The cost of online registration is £12, while postal registrations typically cost £40. If you opt for postal registration, you also have the option to pay £100 for a same-day registration service.
What taxes will my company pay?

Once your limited company is registered with Companies House and becomes active by providing services and receiving income, it is required to pay corporation tax on its profits. You must register your company for corporation tax within three months of it becoming active, and you can do this at the same time as your Companies House registration. If you're uncertain whether your company is considered active, you should check with your accountant to avoid the risk of a fine for late registration.
It's essential to file a company tax return annually by the deadline set by HMRC, and you'll need to register for PAYE if you pay salaries, including your own as a director. Additionally, your company may need to register for VAT, or you may opt to do so even if it's not required. Learn more about tax obligations for small businesses.
How long does it take to set up a limited company?

Establishing a limited company in the UK is a quick process, and it can be done in a short amount of time. If you opt to set up your limited company via post, it may take up to 8-10 working days. However, our company specialize in online limited company formation, which can be completed in just a few hours.
How will I get paid through my limited company?
As a director of a company, there are primarily two ways you can receive payment: through a salary or dividends paid out of company profits. Many directors opt for a combination of the two methods as it is the most tax-efficient way. While dividends have the advantage of lower tax liability, they can only be paid from profits and have some disadvantages. On the other hand, salary offers certain benefits like state pension and parental benefits, and doesn't require the company to be profitable. However, it is taxed at a higher rate. You can learn more about receiving payments from your company.
Legal responsibilities of running a company
As a director, you will have certain legal obligations, such as overseeing financial accounts and disclosing any personal benefits you receive from company transactions to other shareholders. It is possible to delegate these duties to an accountant or company secretary, but ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring that they are carried out properly.

If you are starting a new company, rather than already operating as a sole trader, you may find it helpful to refer to us on how to start a business.
Year-end reporting for your company
At the end of your financial year you must report key information to HMRC and Companies House. This ensures that the company pays the tax it owes, and also provides accurate information about the company to its shareholders, investors, creditors and the general public. Find out with us more about financial year-end reporting.
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