Register UK Company Limited by Shares



UK Company Limited by Shares

UK Company Limited by Shares usually called a private limited company, is a most common type of company incorporated under the laws of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has shareholders with limited liability and its shares may not be offered to the general public, unlike those of public limited companies.


"Limited by shares" means that the company has shareholders, and that the liability of the shareholders to creditors of the company is limited to the capital originally invested, i.e. the nominal value of the shares and any premium paid in return for the issue of the shares by the company. A shareholder's personal assets are protected in the event of the company's insolvency, but money invested in the company will be lost. See more...

Registration Packages

For UK Residents

Resident Package

(UK residents only)

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Includes registration, documents, UK phone number, FREE UK Bank account and more ...

For non UK residents with Bank/Payment Account

UK Company + UK Bank Account (with UK Sort Code and Acc Number)

(suitable for EU and UK residents)

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Includes registration, UK address, all company documents, UK phone number + UK bank account with online banking and much more ...

UK Company + EU Bank Account

(bank outside of UK but in EU state)

(suitable for non UK residents, most non EU residents, UK residents and EU residents)

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Includes registration, UK address, all company documents, UK phone number + EU bank account with online banking and much more ...

For non UK residents without Bank Account

Standard 85 Package

(most popular for non-UK residents)

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Includes registration, UK address, all company documents, UK phone number and more ...

Ultimate Package

(for non UK residents and UK residents)

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Includes registration, UK address, all company documents, UK phone number, Nominee Director, Nominee Secretary and more ...

Maximum Package

(for non UK residents and UK residents)

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Includes registration, UK address, all company documents, UK phone number, Nominee Director, Nominee Secretary, Nominee Shareholder and more ...

Additionally you may order


Registration address in the UK

General Mailing address in the UK


Hard bound copy of company documents

Apostilled set of company documents

Certificate of Good Standing

Nominee Director/Secretary

Nominee Shareholder


Rubber Stamp

Pliers Seal

Desk Embossing Seal

A limited company may be "private" or "public". A private limited company's disclosure requirements are lighter, but for this reason its shares may not be offered to the general public (and therefore cannot be traded on a public stock exchange). This is the major distinguishing feature between a private limited company and a public limited company. Most companies, particularly small companies, are private.


Private companies limited by shares are required to have the suffix "Limited" (often written "Ltd" or "Ltd.") as part of their name. In the Republic of Ireland "Teoranta" ("Teo.") may be used instead, largely by Gaeltacht companies. "Cyfyngedig" ("Cyf.") may be used by Welsh companies in a similar fashion.

If you are not sure of any aspects of UK private limited companies, at Trade Formation we can help you to understand all the requirements and aspects of this type of company. To register a company, to help you to start up your business, to form proper company structure, to understand tax requirements and legislation. All of these and much more can be done with our help.

Share capital of only £1 is needed to start up a private limited company. Limited Companies are formed with both an authorised share capital and an issued share capital. The authorised share capital is the total number of shares existing in the company multiplied by the nominal value of each share. Not all such shares may have been issued. The issued share capital is the same calculation in respect of all the issued shares.


A company incorporated in England and Wales can be created with any number of shares of any value, in any currency. Unissued shares can be issued at any time by the directors, subject to prior authorisation by the shareholders. If you need to increase your share capital, talk to one of our advisers or e-mail us and we can help you to do it quickly and seemlesly. We will also help you to understand different types of shares including Ordinary, Special, Bearer shares and their differences.


Shares in a private company are usually transferred by private agreement between the seller and the buyer, as shares in a private company may not by law be offered to the general public. A stock transfer form is required to register the transfer with the company. The articles of association of private companies often place restrictions on the transfer of shares. if you are not sure hoew to transfer shares to other individuals or redistribute your share capital among existing shareholders, just get in touch with us and we will explain you the pocedure and, if required, help you to prepare all paperwork for share transfer.


Additional Info


Certified and Appostiled documents


If you need to use your documents to open a branch outside of the UK or to open a bank account in a foreign bank you will need your documents to be appostiled. Please, specify on the order form if any of the documents need to be appostiled at a time of the order to avoid delays in future. You may, however order appostiled copied of any of your company documents any time after registration of the company.


About Nominee services


By using nominee shareholder and nominee director you will avoid your name to be visible to general public as a beneficiary of the company through Company Registrar. Instead, the name of the nominee will be displayed as a director, shareholder or/and secretary. You will get General Powers of Attorney that will enable you to conduct business on behalf of your company and sign any documents as you would do if you were director/shareholder yourself. Your name will only appear in our Nominee Services Agreement which is an internal document kept in our files and your files.


Some questions that you might have before registering a company


Is there a minimum age under which an individual is barred from acting as a company director?


A director can not be appointed unless they are at least 16 years old.


Are company directors permitted to give a corporate address or PO Box number as an address?


A company officer is required to give both their usual residential address (URA) which will not be displayed on the public record and their service address which will be. The service address may be a corporate address.  In either case the addresses given must be a physical location, a PO Box number is unacceptable unless it forms part of a full address.


Can a PO Box be used for the Registered Office address?


Yes, provided the full address is given, including the postcode, and it is validated by the Royal Mail.


Is there a requirement that subscribers or officers of British limited companies be resident in the UK?


No. Subscribers or officers may be resident outside the UK.


What are the objects of a company?


The objects are what the company does.  New companies are considered to have unrestricted objects unless they specifically insert a clause in their articles detailing them.


Where can I find a set of Memorandum & Articles of Association?


Your copy of Memorandum and Articles will be provided by us without extra charge. These will be our standard documents with objects as discribed above. However, if you require specific objects to be inserted in your Memorandum and Articles we can arrange this to be done for additional charge of 50 GBP. Please, contact us with regards to this matter.


Are certificates given by the Registrar of Companies accepted for the purpose of issuing legalisation certificates?


Certificates issued by Companies House are stamped or electronically signed but they will not be accepted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the purpose of issuing legalisation certificates.


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office require that documents must have the original signature or seal of a British public official (solicitor).


We can arrange those documents to be certified and/or appostiled for you. Please, specify in the order form if you require this service.


Sensitive words.


These are words and expressions which, when included in a company name, may imply business pre-eminence, a particular status or a specific function. For this reason, you must seek approval of the Secretary of State before the proposed company can be incorporated (or requesting a change to a company’s name). The aim is to ensure that the inclusion of the word is justified so that its use in the name does not mislead the public. Companies House administers the approval process on behalf of the Secretary of State.

Is there a list of sensitive words?

The words set out in Appendix A are prescribed under the ‘Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2009 (SI No. 2615)’. To use these words you must obtain the support of the body shown in Table A and send it with the ‘Application to register a company’ (Form IN01) which will allow the Secretary of State to consider whether or not to approve the name.

The words set out in Appendix B are also prescribed under the above regulations. If you choose a name that includes any of these words you will need to write to the 'relevant body' to ask whether they have any objection to the proposed name and deliver a copy of the response with your application.


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Minimum Requirements

to register UK Company

Limited by Shares

Registration address in the UK. This can be your own UK address or you can use our registered address (fee applies).  Please, note that your company registration address will be visible to general public, therefore it may be a good idea to use our registered office address if you do not have an office in the UK but were rather thinking of using your home address for company registration purposes.


One Director (natural person). You must have at least one Director to register UK company, however there is no limit to a maximum number of Directors. Company Director can be of any nationality and live in any country. No personal presence required and the same person can be a Shareholder as well.


One Shareholder (natural person or company). Minimum one Shareholder is required who can be of any nationality and live in any country. No personal presence required. There is no limit to a maximum number of Shareholders and the same person can be a Director and Shareholder at the same time. Shareholder can be a corporate body (company registered in any country) too.