United Kingdom Private Limited Company Formation

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It shares a land border with The Republic of Ireland, apart from this border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. With its proximity to the European Union and its double taxation treaties, UK companies have an edge in the world of commercial and financial business.

The UK is a well establish as one of the popular Commercial and Financial Centres of the World and being a signatory to over 100 different treaties, it has many trade advantages.

UK Private Limited Companies are a separate legal entity and remains distinct from its Directors and Members. Individuals and entities affiliated with the UK Private Ltd have limited liability which protects them from being held personally liable for the debts which the company has incurred, making the maximum liability limited to the amount of capital or issued shares.

  • Nominee Services are Permissible
  • A Multitude of Double Taxation Treaties
  • Over 100 Trade Agreements
  • Internationally recognised as a leading Financial Centre
  • Single Direct – Member ownership permitted
  • European Union Member – Access to EU Trade
  • Separate Legal Entity from its members
  • Ease of transfer share ownership
  • Credibility due to UK Company Laws and Systems
  • Forex Companies
  • Trading House
  • Holding Companies
  • Investment Companies
  • Assets Protection
  • E-commerce

A UK Private Limited Company is restricted from conducting business in Banking, Trusts, Insurance, Forex or other Financial Services, as well as providing Company Management Services without the appropriate license being granted.

Fast Online Incorporation – from 3 hours to 1 – 2 days if approved

A few of the requirements are the Name of the company to be incorporated, a Registered UK address, Addresses of Directors or Service Address, Details of Shareholders and Share Capital, Articles of Association and Company Memorandum.

 Certified copies of valid passports or national ID cards, such as those issued in the European Union (May be required). These need to be certified by either a Notary Public, Bank or by the issuing country’s Embassy.

Company TypePrivate Limited Company
Country LawCommon Law
Company Law

UK Companies Act 1985

Amended in 1985 and 2006

Registered Office RequiredYes
Local Registered Agent RequiredNo
Shelf Companies PermittedYes
Migration Of DomicileYes (Approval from Inland Revenue required)
Average Time To Form Company3 Hours to 1 to 2 Business Working Days
Government Fees
Minimum Government Formation Charge£15 GBP
Recurring Minimum Annual Company License FeeNot Applicable
Annual Return Filing Fee£ 15 - Electronic Submission £ 30 - Hardcopy
Corporate Tax
Corporation TaxYes 20% to 28%
Access to Double Taxation TreatiesYes

All UK Private Limited Companies are subject to Taxation.

Minimum Required Directors1
Local Director RequiredNo
Records PublicYes
Board Meeting LocationNot Required, Anywhere in the World
Corporate Directors PermittedYes (but at least one individual required)
Privacy - Publicly Available RecordsYes

There is a minimum requirement of one Director, of which may be the only shareholder. Directors can be either individuals or corporate bodies of any nationality and resident of any country.

Company Secretary
Secretary RequiredNo
Local or Qualified PositionNo
Share Capital
Standard CurrencyPound Sterling - GBP
Permitted Share CurrencyAny
Minimum Paid Up Shares£1 GBP
Usual Authorised£1000 GBP
Bearer Shares PermittedNo
No Par Value Shares PermittedNo
Minimum Number Of Shareholders1 Shareholder
Corporate Shareholdes PermittedYes
Meeting LocationsCan be held anywhere in the world
Privacy - Publicly Available RecordsYes
Company Accounts
Requirements To PrepareYes
Audit RequiredYes - Small company exemption
Keep Financial RecordsYes
Requirement To File AccountsYes
Requirement to File Annual ReturnYes
Accounts Publicly AccessibleYes

All UK Private Ltd Companies are subject to TAX.

UK Corporation Tax is at a rate of 20% to 28%, this is determined after a company has filed their annual returns.

Company Directors are liable to pay UK tax for company profits. This is where the fact that there are no taxes paid on the dividends of a holding company and there is no double taxation on dividends distributed through to an EU Member Country, can be beneficial.

The VAT Rate in the UK is 20%, although a reduced rate of 5% is applied to some services and goods such as Energy for homes and certain children’s items.  For companies with an annual turnover of less than £67,000 GBP, VAT Registration is not required. There are also exemptions such as that on postage stamps and property and financial transactions. These are variable and depend on the goods or services.

United Kingdom Facts

Lies off the North-Western coast of the European mainland

SizeApproximate area of 242,495 sq. km
PopulationApproximately 64,511,000
Languages Spoken

Official Language is English


Ulster Scots



Scottish Gaelic


CurrencyPound Sterling GBP

Unitary Parliamentary

Constitutional Monarchy


Main Industries:



Electricity, Gas and Water Supply


Creative Industries

Financial and Business Services

Real Estate and Renting Activities


Transport, Storage and Communications

Wholesale and Retail Trade



Road - Driving on the Left



Time ZoneGMT - Summer Time +1
International Dialling Code+44
Internet TLD.uk - .co.uk

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