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A 'company' is a legally recognised entity formed by individuals to engage in and operate a business. These may be structured and organised in different ways (depending on the nature of that business and its objectives) for different tax and liability purposes, depending on the laws of the jurisdiction it operates within.
Subsequently, there are several different kinds of companies that can be created in the UK - where each entity must be 'registered' or 'incorporated' (or 'formed') at Companies House to help ensure the business operates within UK law. How you set up your business depends on what sort of work you do and can affect the way you pay tax or even get funding.
There are four 'standard' types of company structure in the UK;
There are also a handful of more specific, 'non-standard' limited company types that can be formed in the UK with particular structures suited to entities with particular business models, namely;
If you contact the friendly experts at Murphy Thompson Moore LLP, we can advise which kind of company that you wish to register will most suit your particular needs. We've provided handy summaries below of the most usual kinds of Company we incorporate and have been forming on behalf of Clients since 1995.
A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a limited company, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.
The CIC is a vehicle designed for ‘social enterprises’ which want to use their profits and assets for the public good. CIC’s will report to the regulator on how they are involving stake holders and their activities
This type of company can be adopted by a range of social enterprises and ‘not-for-profit’ projects serving communities throughout the UK, which combine the pursuit of a social purpose with commercial activities.
An organisation must choose whether it wishes to register as a CIC or a registered charity. CIC’s are more lightly regulated than a charity, but do not have the benefits of charity status even if the nature of their activities appear to be charitable in nature.
TYPES OF CIC COMPANIES: CIC Limited by Shares. CIC Limited by Guarantee. PLC CIC
NUMBER OF DIRECTORS: Minimum of 1 (min 2 for Guarantee and PLC)
SECRETARY REQUIRED: Not compulsory (required for PLC)
SHAREHOLDERS: Minimum of 1
CORPORATE OFFICERS: Permitted as an additional director
The CIC Regulator must approve applications to form a CIC and has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role. A company cannot become a CIC if it is, or intends to be, a political party or a political campaigning organisation (or a subsidiary of either). In addition, a CIC cannot be a charity.
CIC’s cannot be registered electronically and registrations take approximately 10-14 days to incorporate. Call us on 0161 835 2080 or register for assistance here.
Many types of company can be incorporated by using ‘standard’ requirements and procedures, which are often referred to as ‘generic’. However, some clients require a more bespoke service. This may be to have extra Share Classes, or specific clauses to be included in the Articles. There are many possibilities.
At Trusted Formations, we have many years of expertise to enable us to advise on and carry out tailored incorporations, for our clients.
Certain types of company, such as Community Interest Companies CICs (See above) have to be structured to reflect the specific activities of the company.
Sometimes a company must be structured according to more specific requirements, where it is advisable to include more detailed clauses in the Memoradum and Articles of Association (M&A’s)
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Unlike many of our competitors, we have the knowledge to do this and can help quickly and easily. We can also design a new company from scratch if necessary.
Choosing a name for your company is one of the most important decisions to make. Very few Clients would describe their choice of business name as irrelevant.
For most, it is the essence that conveys the business purpose. If prospective clients search the internet for a plumber in your town, for instance, your company name has to be what they notice.
The systems we use at Trusted Formations automatically check the company register and will show if the name you have chosen is available to be registered. Sometimes a rejected name can be tweaked, to make it acceptable, but it is always advisable for you to have an alternative in mind.
You will need approval if you want to use a name which:
An example name that Companies House would deem ‘Same as’ is:
Plum Technology Ltd would be considered the same as Plum Technology & Company Limited, but not the same as Plum Technology (Manchester) Ltd.
Adding the word ‘Manchester’ makes the name distinct.
Are there exceptions?
Yes there are. The same as rule does not apply if the new company is to be part of an existing group and/or the existing company consents to the use of the name. This consent must be in the form of a letter.
Companies House have a long list of words and expressions that cannot be used in a company name.
The list also contains examples that can be used, but only in certain circumstances.
In short, the regulations exist to ensure that the public are protected and not mislead or harmed.
We can provide you with a full list of these words and expressions. Note that the are three parts to the list, all of which should be read. Each word (or phrase) is accompanied by an explanation and guidelines for its use.
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Online formations since 1999.