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Are you considering company registration in Europe or the UK? As the sixth-largest economy in the world and a significant player in international business, the United Kingdom offers a great framework in which to establish your company. What is the procedure for company registration in the UK? What benefits does it offer? Here’s everything you need to know about UK company registration.

5 simple steps are needed to incorporate your company in the UK

Complete our application form - UK
Complete our order form and make the payment for your chosen services. You will then be assigned a client manager to assist you through the incorporation process.
Upload your documents
Your account manager will ask you for official documents which are required for your company formation.
Incorporate your company successfully
Once your documents have been processed your company will be successfully incorporated subject to local authority approval.
Process any additional services
Your account manager will guide you through the steps of completing your request of additional services such as bank accounts.
Manage Your company via our client portal
Our client portal will give you immediate access to all your documents as well as display your company structure.

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UK Company Formation

Good to Know
One of the largest benefits of operating a UK company is the ease of doing business. According to World Bank, the UK has one of the highest ease of doing business scores out of all the countries in the world, therefore since the start, the process of registering a Limited company is extremely simple and fast, and there is no need to appoint a local director or partner. Offering one of the most prosperous and stable markets in the world, the UK’s future political situation may be a better position for quick reaction to global events and market shifts

Main Characteristics of a UK Company

Company type
Private Limited Company.
Governing corporate legislation
UK companies are regulated under the Companies Act 2006. The UK Companies House is the governing authority.
Information published relating to company officers
Upon registration of the company, the names of company officers will appear on public record. A register of “people with significant control” has been in force since the 6 April 2016
Accounting requirement
Accounts and tax filing must be submitted by year-end.
The current Corporation Tax rate for company profits in the UK is 19%. (see https://www.gov.uk/corporation-tax-rates and https://www.gov.uk/guidance/corporate-tax).
Standard currency
Time to form
The UK has a fast and efficient registry. Company formation can be processed electronically within 2-3 days (upon validation of your identification documents).
Very stable jurisdiction with an excellent reputation.
Good communication means.
Time zone
Convenient time zone (GMT).
Secretary required
Paid up capital requirement
Minimum share capital: £1.
Renewal Date
Anniversary date of the company / Each Year
Basis of legal system
Under Common Law.
Minimum directors/shareholders
Minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder.
Bearer shares
Bearer shares are not permitted.
Documents Required
for the Creation of a UK Company
A certified copy Certification of a passport can be made by a notary, an attorney-at-law, a bank, a public officer, or in accordance with SFM indications. Kindly consult your dedicated account manager at SFM to obtain precise information. of your passport, a certified copy of proof of domicile dated less than three months, a curriculum vitae, as well as last 3 months' bank statement. All in original.**

Frequently Asked Questions
Offshore Company Formation in UK

  • What type of company do you register in the UK?

    The type of company that we setup in the UK is known as a Private Limited Company. It is a legal entity that can have a limited number of shares and can be owned privately by one or a group of private individuals. A private limited company cannot list its shares on the stockmarket, which means that it cannot be offered to the general public.
  • Do I need to travel to the UK at any point to setup my Private Limited Company?

    No, the registrar of companies (Companies House) in the UK is extremely efficient and all formalities can be completed remotely.
  • Do I need to submit accounts for a Private Limited Company in the UK?

    Yes, the annual accounts and tax filing must be prepared and submitted by year-end.
  • How can I know if my Private Limited Company will be tax liable in the UK?

    Please refer to our complete guide about the UK Private Limited Company taxation.
  • Will my data be publicly available once I form a Private Limited Company in the UK?

    Upon registration of a Private Limited Company, the names of company officers will appear on the public record.

    Additionally, a new Register of “The People with Significant Control” (PSC) has been implemented and must be declared since April 2016.

    (PSC) Register includes information about the individuals who own or control companies including their name, date of birth, nationality, and details of their interest in the company.
  • Will my liability be limited if I setup my company as a Private Limited Company in the UK?

    The shareholders’ liability in a Private Limited Company is typically limited to the amount of shares respectively held by them.
  • Is there a paid-up capital for a Private Limited Company in the UK?

    In general, companies must have a share capital that can be of any value. By default, the minimum share capital to be mentioned is at least £1.
  • How many directors and shareholders should I appoint to my Private Limited Company in the UK?

    A minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder should be appointed on a Private Limited Company in the UK.

    Additionally, since the implementation of the Companies Act 2006, the company secretary is no longer required.
  • Why should I use SFM's UK company formation services?

    SFM stands out for the quality of its service, its attentive customer support, and, above all, its efficiency and speed.
  • How long does the company registration process typically take in the UK?

    The United Kingdom boasts a swift and effective registration system. Electronic processing of company formation can be completed within 2–3 days, pending the validation of your identification documents.
  • Are there any restrictions on the name I can choose for my UK company?

    Your company name must be unique and distinct from those of other registered companies. If your name bears a close resemblance to another company's name or trademark and a complaint is lodged, you might be required to make a change. Typically, your company name should conclude with either 'Limited' or 'Ltd.'
  • Do I need a UK bank account to open a company in the country?

    A UK corporate bank account is not required to register your company. You may opt to utilize a local bank account for managing your business transactions.
  • How much does it cost to set up a company in the UK?

    The cost of a UK company registration depends on whether you proceed by yourself or enlist the help of a registered agent. All may be handled remotely via SFM, using third-party software, or through the government’s dedicated website, though prices and timeframes may vary. Note that you can also register online and process the payment by card or bank transfer for the required amount alongside your application.

    At SFM, we believe a streamlined process is at the heart of a successful company formation. That’s why we assign an account manager to each client. This dedicated expert will provide clear instructions and ensure your payment covers everything you need.

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UK Company Registration: What Are the Benefits?

Registering a company in the UK, even for non-British individuals, offers a lot of advantages due to the country's robust business framework. Business owners can capitalize on the UK's stable economy and extensive market opportunities, fostering growth and expansion. It also offers a very stable jurisdiction with an excellent reputation.

Supportive Ecosystem

The UK provides a secure legal framework and great opportunities for the custody of real estate, ensuring transparent property ownership and management. For those engaged in e-commerce activities, the UK's well-established digital ecosystem and supportive regulatory environment make it an ideal location. Expatriates find the UK company structure flexible for managing international financial affairs, catering to their unique needs.

Protective Legal Framework

The UK is also a strategic choice for inheritance purposes, offering efficient mechanisms for succession planning. Moreover, holding intellectual property rights in the UK ensures comprehensive legal protection and enforcement. Registering a company in the UK is ideal for its business-friendly environment, legal security, and suitability for a diverse range of professional and personal purposes.

Global Business Reach

UK company registration appeals to business owners who wish to take advantage of the country’s longstanding history of international commerce. This particularity makes the UK a global hub for trade and investment. It is open to the world, with a strong tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship conducive to successful new ventures.

Skilled Workforce

UK workers are highly skilled and used to evolving within a competitive environment. With around 44% of the active population holding a university degree, there is no shortage of skilled and talented employees who can help you grow your business.

Attractive Taxation Laws

As first-world countries go, the UK boasts one of the lowest corporate tax rates, making UK company registration an attractive option for many business owners. Depending on the activities you wish to conduct, you may choose to register as a sole trader or take advantage of the corporation tax rate currently set at 19%.

Private Limited Companies in the UK

Discover everything you need to know about private limited companies in the UK.

  • UK companies are regulated under the Companies Act 2006. The UK Companies House is the governing authority.
  • In terms of confidentiality, it is important to know that, upon registration of the company, the names of company officers will appear on public record. A register of “people with significant control” has been in force since April 2016.
  • In terms of accounting, accounts and tax filings must be submitted by year-end. The taxation rate for company profits in the UK is currently 19% (profits under £50,000) and 25% (profits over £250,000).
  • The paid-up capital requirement is a minimum share capital of £1.
  • A minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder is required, while bearer shares are not permitted.

The great advantage of managing a company in the UK is the ease and speed with which business operations can be done. Even right from the start. Indeed, the process of registering a limited company in the UK is extremely simple and fast. There is no need to appoint a local director or partner. Offering one of the most prosperous and stable markets in the world, the UK’s future political situation may be a better position for quick reaction to global events and market shifts.

United Kingdom Company Registration with SFM: A Quick and Efficient Process

  1. Complete the application form for the United Kingdom.
  2. Fill in the SFM application form for the UK. Once the payment is done, you will be assigned an SFM dedicated account manager to assist you and answer any questions you might have during the registration process.
  3. Upload the required documents.
  4. Once your documents have been properly processed, our compliance team will verify the documents and validate them for submission to UK Companies House. Following our submission, the company will be successfully registered, subject to approval by the local authorities.
  5. Manage your company via SFM’s client portal.
  6. On your client portal, you will find all your company’s documents easily accessible on your phone through our application.

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