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The UK is one of the most attractive locations to start a new business. Good communications, a friendly taxation environment and a thriving economy that embraces innovation all contribute to fertile ground. Even better, it’s quick, simple and affordable to open a UK company, even if you are not a UK resident.


How to start a limited company in the UK from overseas


Non-residents can form a company in the UK, the application process and legal requirements are the same for everybody. You’ll need to:


  • Pick a name for your company
  • Register your company with Companies House or a formations agent
  • Pass the required Anti Money Laundering checks
  • Register your business address
  • Appoint your directors and a company secretary
  • Allocate shareholders and shares
  • Submit your memorandum and articles of association
  • Register for corporation tax


Our ‘International bundle’ has been specially designed to give non-UK residents everything they need to start a limited company in the UK. It includes everything from a UK registered business address to a business bank account and even includes checking your application to make sure everything is completed correctly.


Click here to find out more about the International Formation Bundle and start your UK limited company today.

Essential when starting a limited company in the UK from overseas


To start a limited company in the UK as a non-UK resident, you’ll need to make sure you have the following:


1. A bank account registered in the UK

Most major banks will offer banking services specifically tailored to overseas businesses. We have a range of business bank accounts that suit all kinds of businesses for you to choose from,


2. A UK registered office address

You will need an official address for all your official mail and documentation. If you are not able to be based in the UK and receive mail at a UK address, services like registered agent will be a huge help. With this service, you can list a prestigious London address as your company’s office address, while all your communications are forwarded directly to you.


3. An available company name

To form your company, you will need a company name that’s not already registered. This must be a unique name that is available in the UK and not already taken by someone else. Once you purchase the International formation bundle with us, we’ll work with you to get the company name you want.


Tax for UK limited companies


The tax you pay as a limited company will depend entirely on your business and how it operates. When starting a business in the UK you should seek professional guidance to make sure your complaint and avoid any fines. We’ve partnered with ATN partnership to give you the best possible service when dealing with tax as a limited company in the UK. Below are 2 (among others) types of tax that you need to be aware of when starting a limited company in the UK:


1. Corporation tax

You will be legally required to pay 19% corporation tax rate on all profits you make for that accounting year.


2. VAT

If your business turns over more than £85,000 in a 12month period, you will have to register for, and pay VAT. VAT currently stands at 20%.


Start your limited company in the UK with us and we will help you every step of the way. Click here to find out more.


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