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Registering a Business in the UK

Registering a Business in the UK – What do You Need?

Registering a business in the UK is a fairly simple process which, as your company registration agent, we are able to provide. The requirements for business registration UK are minimal, but must be presented in full, if successful business registration is to be completed.

ID (proof of identity with a photo) and a document verifying residential address may be required depending on your order.

For business registration of a Ltd Company a Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association must be filed and a UK Limited Company application must be completed. This is the application form for business registration (done online through our website) this would require the following:

Registering a UK Limited Liability Partnership, the following information must be provided:

Can I Register a Business Online?

Companies House which is responsible for UK companies’ registration allows for online business registration of UK companies and we are happy to help you with registering a business of your choice in the UK. You can provide us with the information for business registration, including a proposed name that you may have in mind, as well as the names of the members of your UK business structure, address and other relevant information. All information provided by our clients for business registration UK remains confidential and will not be given to third parties.

We provide easy steps to register a business on our websites and we will be happy to be of assistance to you, answering any questions that you may have about UK business structures. Registering a business in the UK does not have to be a difficult task.

How Long Does It Take to Register a Business?

The process of business registration is quick and simple. Registering a business can take about three (3) hours to complete, if the application form is presented to the Companies House before noon (12:00) on working days. For documents submitted later than the cut off time, the process to register business will take at least one working day.

Once the Business has been incorporated then we make available business registration documents to the client. If the client has requested additional services such as Company seal, notarisation of documents or Apostilation, then the documents will be shipped in an estimated 5 days or less after registering a business took place.

What Officers are required to register a Business in the UK?

Limited companies in the UK require a minimum of one company director and one shareholder for business registration to take place. When registering a business a Company Secretary may be appointed although this is not mandatory for UK business registration of UK Ltd. Directors can be corporations but in cases where corporate directors are appointed at least one natural person (individual) must be appointed as a company director.

Limited Liability partnership registration requires two members of which one or all can be appointed as a designated member. Corporations can be appointed as members for LLP business registration. LLP laws do not require that a Company Secretary be appointed during business registration.

UK Business Registration – Restrictions to Consider

When registering a business special care must be taken when choosing a name for that UK business. A UK limited company must end with the word limited or the abbreviation Ltd. A Limited liability partnership must use these words at the end of the business name LLP.

There are many words and phrases which are not acceptable for registering a business in the UK; offensive words and names which may suggest affiliation with the Royal Family, government authorities and Educational institutions. Individuals will not be allowed to register a business in the UK, if the name chosen has been used by another. Names which are too close or similar which may cause confusion between two UK businesses will not be accepted.

Payments for Business Registration

Payments to us for providing agents services can be made online using all credit and debit cards as well as PayPal and wire transfers. Clients who choose to register business using our online form will be given payment options to choose from. The preferable payment methods for paying for registering a business with us include credit and debit cards. If in the case of non UK Residents that are not, subject to VAT. We will refund the VAT after the order is complete, or the next working day.

Business Registration – Other Services

We provide a choice of services for UK business which are very important and can make running your business easier. We have partnered with professional accountants to provide necessary account services to UK businesses as well as a Company Stamp and Seals.

Registering a business is a process that if handled correctly, will be successful. Most business registration is completed by the Companies House on the same day. We will do our best to resolve any problems which may be the cause of registration rejection. We believe we give our clients the best representation possible.

by Elena Genovese