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A limited company is a legal business structure in the UK where the company's liability is limited to the value of its shares.
It is a separate legal entity from its owners (shareholders), allowing it to enter contracts, own assets, and be responsible for its debts independently.
Limited companies provide the advantage of limited liability protection to shareholders, ensuring their personal assets are not at risk in case of financial issues or legal disputes.
Limited companies provide limited liability protection, safeguarding personal assets of shareholders from company debts.
All business financial transactions are separate from the business owners.
Another benefit is commercial credibility: other companies are more likely to be interested in working with a limited company.
In some industries, it is even impossible to trade if you are not a limited company.
Limited company status is also necessary to allow outside investors to buy shares in your company.
Directors manage the company's day-to-day operations and decision-making, while shareholders are owners who hold shares and have voting rights but are not involved in daily management, with their liability limited to the value of their shares.
In most small businesses, the shareholder and the director is the same person. Companies House requires shareholders of a limited company to have at least one share, but there is no upper limit to the number of shareholders held by a shareholder.
The value of each share can be as little as £1.
Once your limited company is incorporated, you can start trading immediately.
It typically takes one business day to incorporate a company, with the process beginning when you fill out the online registration form and your application is submitted to Companies House.
You’ll know your company is registered when you receive an email with your Company Number, Incorporation Certificate and Authentication Code.
Secure your privacy with a virtual office address
Setting up a company under your home address, or even your genuine office address, comes with various risks.
It makes you and other directors easy to identify via the Companies House listing, potentially making you a target for fraudsters.
Our solution is to register your business to our London address, and digitise your mail so that you can easily access it through your personal dashboard. No paper, no problem.
Support whenever you need it
We understand that company administration isn’t always the simplest task.
Fortunately, our filing whizzes are on hand to give you the help you need – whether it relates to the filings process, navigating your personal dashboard, or how to update your account details.
Access support from 9-6 GMT through Live Chat, email or our customer service hotline.
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