The United Kingdom comprises of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is one of the fifteen member states of the European Union. It is regarded as one of the worlds great trading powers and leading financial centre, lying between Tokyo and New York. Whilst no longer a tax haven in the true sense of the word, the UK enjoys lower corporation tax rates in comparison to other EU countries. The UK is also party to more double tax treaties than any other sovereign state therefore a UK company can form an important taxplanning tool.
Companies Act 1985 (amended) provides for the Incorporation of a Limited Liability Company. This type of company limits members liability to the amount unpaid on shares they hold. The company is a legal person in its own right. It is separate from those who run it and has limited liability. Limited Liability gives the owners of the company (its shareholders) protection if the company fails. A very popular type of company due to its Common Law base and relative cheapness to incorporate.
Minimum of 1 directors required, of which 0 must be residents.
Corporate directors are permitted.
Director's meetings are not required
There is a public director's register
Other notes: none
Minimum of 1 secretaries required, who need not be residents.
Corporate secretaries are permitted.
There is not any requirement for secretaries to hold a professional qualification
Other notes: none
Minimum of 1 shareholders required
Corporate shareholders are permitted.
There is a public shares register
Bearer shares are not permitted.
No par value shares are not permitted.
Usually the Authorised share capital is 1000 shares of GBP1 each.
Where some or all of the shareholders are nominees, the ultimate beneficial ownership of the shares does not have to be declared to the authorities.
A registered agent is not required.
An annual return is required.
Incorporation Fee: Please see Our Fees Schedule Heading
(The package fee includes government fees, local secretary fees, local agency fees, registered office fees and our service fees, and have the following after incorporation: a) certificate of incorporation b) Original formation documents and minutes c) Five copies of M & A
Opening Offshore Bank Account: Refer to Fee Schedule
Incorporation Time: 1-2 Weeks