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All You Need To Know About Share Capital
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Business Stationery – The Legal Requirements
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What Is Incorporation?
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A Guide to Public Limited Companies
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Why And How To Change A Company Name
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All You Need To Know About Share Capital
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What’s the difference between a shareholder and a subscriber? Is there a maximum limit on share capital? How do you notify Companies House when your shareholders change? These are just a few of the questions we answer in this blog post covering everything you need to know about share capital.
Business Stationery – The Legal Requirements
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Your business stationery, such as your letterheads, must contain certain information by law. Before you go ahead and start ordering designs for your new company, it’s a good idea to make sure your stationery is going to comply with legal requirements – not just something that looks great.
What Is Incorporation?
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Incorporation is the process by which a new or existing business registers as a limited company.
A Guide to Public Limited Companies
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Those wishing to start a prestigious company, with greater access to capital and the ability to advertise and sell their shares to the public may find forming a Public Limited Company (PLC) more appropriate than a Private Limited Company.
Why And How To Change A Company Name
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When running a business, you may encounter a situation where you need to change your company name – we explain why this might happen and how to do it.
Producing Your Own Share Certificates
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In a small private limited company the company secretary or the directors usually act as the registrar of the company. This involves the company in keeping and maintaining the statutory books of the company and issuing its own share certificates and dividend vouchers and producing a current list of shareholders when required.
What Is The Difference Between An Annual Return And An Annual Account?
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The Annual Return is a snapshot of the internal structure of the company as opposed to the Company's financial account.
New Limited Company: What Do I Need To Tell HMRC And When?
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When registering a new company, Companies House will automatically notify HMRC of your company’s existence. You will then be issued with a Unique Tax Reference (UTR) which you will need whenever you contact HMRC about your company.
How Many People Do I Need To Start A Company?
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When forming a private limited company, you just need one person who can act as both director and shareholder. A company secretary is no longer a requirement. Whilst a minimum of one person is needed to form a company, there are no upper limits on the directors and shareholders.
A Guide To Dormant Companies
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Not all companies registered with Companies House are actively trading. Many form companies with no intention of trading right away, while others take a break from trading. Such companies are known as dormant companies.
What Is The Difference Between A Shareholder Of A Company And A Director Of A Company?
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In a small private company which is set up and run by two or three people, it is very common that these few people are both the directors and shareholders of the company. However, in law, these are two separate and distinct functions.
10 Ways To Deal With A Heavy Workload
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Whilst many start a business with the intention of creating a better work/life balance for themselves, it can take a lot of hard work to get into a position where your new company is allowing you to live the lifestyle you’re aiming for. If you’re struggling with the hard work that comes with starting and growing a business, here are 10 ways to deal with a heavy workload.
What Is A SAIL Address?
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The SAIL address (Single Alternative Inspection Location) is the address for an alternative location to the company’s registered office address for the inspection of company records and registers. It is only possible to have one SAIL address.
A Guide to SIC Codes
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Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities, more commonly known as SIC codes, are a way of easily describing what your business does.
Can Companies House Reject My Company Name?
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Unfortunately, Companies House does not accept every application to form a company it receives. There are multiple reasons why your application may be rejected and these can often be avoided. Choosing the right company name can help ensure your application is accepted with no hitches.
How To Incorporate A Scottish Company
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To form a Scottish company, your company will need to have a registered office address in Scotland. A company registered in Scotland cannot have an English or Welsh address, nor can it change its registered office address to an English or Welsh one later down the line.
Quick Market Research: 10 Key Questions
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Preliminary market research doesn’t need to be expensive or involve vast amounts of resources. It can even be done fairly quickly on a low budget. We’ve gathered 10 questions to ask as part of your research, based around four key areas: your competition, market, customers and products.
Late Filing Penalties FAQ
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Limited companies have a legal duty to file certain documents throughout their lifetime. These include annual accounts, the Confirmation Statement, Corporation Tax Return, and Self Assessment Tax Returns for directors. For an extensive list of exactly what you are required to file each year, we recommend contacting your accountant.
Company Officers: Your Questions Answered
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Not sure how many directors your company needs? Do you need a company secretary? We don’t want uncertainty around the officers your company requires to put you off starting your new business, so we’ve collated all the FAQs we receive on this subject.
What Restrictions Are Placed On Company Names?
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When forming a company, you will need to choose a company name that meets the Companies House restrictions.
Can I File Documents With Companies House In Other Languages?
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When forming a company in the UK, you will be required to file a number of documents with Companies House, whether you are based within the UK or overseas. If you are based overseas, English may not be the language your company uses day to day – but does Companies House require all documents to be filed in English?
What are the Articles of Association?
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In the UK, every company formed is required to have articles of association which are legally binding on the company and all of its members.
Things to Consider When Choosing Your Company Name
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It can be deflating to make the exciting decision to start a business just to fall at the first hurdle: deciding on a name for your new company.
Writing a Business Plan
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Starting a business is an exciting decision and it can be tempting to jump right in without a plan. However, writing a business plan can really help your business get off to a great start.
Why Was My Application Rejected?
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Occasionally, Companies House will reject an application to form a company. There are many reasons why this may happen and it’s best to familiarise yourself with these to reduce the risk of it happening to you.
A Guide to Common Terms You May Encounter When Forming a Company
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When forming a company for the first time, you’re likely to encounter a lot of jargon you’re unfamiliar with. To help your formation of your new business go as smoothly as possible, we’ve put together this guide of common terms you may encounter when forming a company and what they mean.
Will It Ever Be Compulsory To Change My Company Name?
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Occasionally, you may be required to change your company name by law, even after it is already incorporated. This may happen if your chosen name is “too like” another in existence, or rules have been violated.
Can I Choose Any Name I Want For My Company?
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When choosing a name for your company, it must meet certain requirements set out by the law. Companies House will reject your name if it doesn’t adhere to a number of restrictions and controls.