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There are huge benefits to forming a limited company,
here’s just a few of them…
Whatever type of business you’re setting up, dns accountants can help. Setting up your limited company with dns, will give you access to:
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Need to form a company on priority? Come to DNS Accountants, one of the UK’s leading accounting service providers for small business owners, contractors, freelancers, self-employed and the construction industry. Setting up your company us will take a maximum of 2 hours, seriously!
Kick start your business and enjoy the below advantages:
dns accountants is a member of ACRA, the Association of Company Registration Agents, UK’s only recognised association for company registration.
There are many service providers you’ll find can offer you lucrative packages for company formation process. But before you choose any you should make sure about the quality of services they’re offering you.
At DNS, we better understand your needs and offer you a complete, hassle-free and inexpensive company formation experience.
We are sure you will be pleasantly surprised with the findings!
Limited company formation, or incorporation, is the process by which a business (new or existing) registers as a limited company.
A business can't operate as a limited company unless it's registered with Companies House under the Companies Act 2006. Limited company formation requires company directors to file documents each year, including annual accounts and a confirmation statement, as well as keep Companies House informed about any business changes.
This means the company can own business assets, incur debts and sue or be sued. Its finances are separate from the personal finances of the company director or directors. For this reason, it offers limited liability and thus lower risk to personal wealth or assets if the business fails.
So who owns the company? Ownership of a limited company is divided among shareholders. It can be set up by a single individual who'll remain the sole shareholder, or by multiple shareholders.
Despite the fact that UK limited company formation is relatively easy, running a limited company isn't a task you should undertake lightly. It requires a lot of paperwork and accounting, more so than if you were to operate with a sole trader or partnership business structure. That being said, it offers extra protection for a UK company regarding financial liabilities, taxation advantages, and plenty of other advantages. Below are some of the benefits you could see if you set up your company as a limited company.
The advantages of limited company formation include:
Read our guide limited company advantages & disadvantages for a full breakdown.
This means the company has a share capital. In a company limited by shares, the liability of each shareholder is limited to the amount unpaid on their shares. A company limited by shares can't put its shares up for sale to the general public.
A company limited by guarantee does not have a share capital. Instead, its members are guarantors as opposed to shareholders. This means the business members' liability is limited to how much they contribute to the assets of the company if it's wound up.
A company limited by shares is the most common kind of limited company in the UK, so we'll focus on that for the purpose of this section.
You might think that if you decide to form a limited company, you'll have to deal with lots of drawn-out bureaucracy. You'll be glad to know that this isn't the case! Registering a company isn't difficult, and it's made even easier if you set up your company with a trusted formation agent like DNS accountants. Below are the steps involved to register your business.
There are a few things you'll need to do before you start the application process to register your company.
Choose your company name
First things first, choose your company name.
The company name must be unique and dissimilar to other companies currently operating in the UK. It needs to:
Are you wondering: How do I pick and register a company name? Here are some tips:
Select your company officers
Before you dive in to incorporating your company, you'll need to select a company officer(s). All limited companies in the UK must have at least one company officer who is responsible for the company at all times. A private UK limited company must have at least one company director as well. This is usually the person who started and runs the business. Public limited companies, on the other hand, must have at least two directors and a secretary. Here's an overview of these roles:
Once you've decided who they're going to be, you're ready for step three.
Choose a registered office address
When it comes to registering your UK limited company, you'll need to have chosen a registered office address (also referred to as a service address). You'll need to provide an address based in the UK, which can be a residential or home address.
Many companies choose to use registered address services instead.
The purpose of selecting a registered office is that it's where official documents and legal notices are sent. Your registered office service address is publicised on the official Companies House Register. So, even though the service address might be the same as your home address, it's important to be aware of the fact that this data will no longer be private as the information is available to the general public. Although using a home address is fine, you should be aware that you might receive a lot more junk mail!
It's also important to note that if the company wants to change their business address they have to provide notice to Companies House with an AD01 worm which can be filed online or via the post.
Decide how to register your UK limited company with Companies House
It's not particularly difficult to register a limited company with Companies House independently. You'll need to complete a series of documents and make sure you have the right information to submit your application. Alternatively, you can opt to incorporate your business through an experienced agent.
An Ltd company formations agent offers formation packages and can make the whole process quicker and easier, as well as reducing the likelihood of mistakes being made. A professional agent like DNS Accountants can take the stress out of UK limited company formation. So you can sit back, relax, and rest assured that your business is in reliable hands.
Independently register your company with Companies House.
The process to register your company via online application takes 24 hours, and the total cost is £12. To complete the application you'll need to have selected your company structure, company name, chosen your officers, and chosen a UK business office address as the registered office (the steps we mentioned above!)
You'll have to submit Memorandum of Association documents, which include the name of your company officers and directors and other people with significant control (PSC). You'll also need to provide documentation about the share capital amount and how it's divided among shareholders; and the company's trading activities.
Next, you'll need to check which records you need to keep. These include UK company and accounting records. Here's a closer look at what those include:
If you'd rather not handle all the paperwork yourself, you can select an agent to set up a company on your behalf. There are countless company formation packages out there to choose from, so make sure you weigh up your options before putting your limited company formation into someone else's hands.
A quick Google search will reveal countless company formation packages available in the UK. You can also find a comprehensive list of agents and their company formation packages on the Companies House Company Formation Agents Directory.
Although it might cost slightly more to opt for an agent, they're professional and specialized and know how to guide you through the process while keeping stress levels to a minimum. Moreover, you're likely to have a lot of questions as you register your business with Companies House. Agents have done countless company formations before, so they're the experts!
At dns accountants, we've got years of experience undergoing company formations for various clients.
We'll handle all the paperwork and submit all of your company documents to Companies House for you. The best part of choosing DNS Accountants as your limited UK company formations specialist? Setting up your company will take a maximum of two hours!
We've got lots of company formation packages to choose from, so you're guaranteed to find one with no hidden costs that suits your needs. We can also provide guidance to other services you might need after setting up your UK limited company like online portals for administration management, or the use of a registered office. Moreover, we can help you understand and set up your business bank account.
You'll need to provide Companies House with company details like:
Regardless of whether you choose to register your business as a limited company independently or with an agent, there are some specific company documents you'll need to submit:
Surprisingly, setting up a UK limited company is an efficient process. If you opt for the online application route, all you need to do is collect the required documents, pay the service fee, and complete your order. Once you have submitted all the information, your UK limited company could be registered within 3-6 working hours. Obviously, this depends on the workload of Companies House.
Once your new company has been registered, you'll receive a certificate of incorporation from Companies House including a unique company registration number. This is your evidence that the company has been officially registered and can be presented to third parties who might ask to see your certificate, for example when setting up business banking. The certificate also determines the date of your company’s first confirmation statement, which is usually filed 12 months after the date of company formation.
Once you've received your certificate of incorporation, you can start enjoying the benefits of operating as a limited company like limited liability, corporation tax, and much more!
To set up a limited company you need to register with Companies House. This is known as 'incorporation'. dns can take care of all the formalities and help you register your company with Companies House without any hassle.
You will need the following details for every person who is to be appointed as a director or Shareholder of the company to place your UK limited company formation order request:
*These details are required to create an electronic signature for each person and contribute towards our Anti-Money Laundering checks. This information is kept confidential, and only three digits or characters of each of these are submitted to Companies House as part of the electronic signature.
In general, you can use any company name. The name must end with the word 'Limited' or its abbreviation 'ltd'. But there are rules on what it can and can't include.
First and foremost, your company name should be unique and should not be 'similar' or 'same as' an already registered company. To check this, you can search the Companies House register
Your name also can't:
A company can have any number of shareholders. There must be at least one shareholder, as a company cannot exist without a share capital. There is no limit to the number of shares that can be held by an individual.
After registering your company with Companies House, you will receive the following documents: Memorandum of Association