Company Registration

GOV.UK – Setting up a charity

Specific information on setting up a charity

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HMRC – Company structure

Short e-course if you are looking to set up as self-employed/sole trader. Lots of useful information available and isn't onerous to complete.

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GOV.UK – Setting up a Social Enterprise

This is specific information about setting up a Social Enterprise.

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GOV.UK – Setting up

Information about ways you can set up a business and how to register with HMRC.

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Companies House

All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House, an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). There are more than 3 million limited companies registered in the UK, and more than 400,000 new companies are incorporated each year.

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Our Advice

The first thing to do before you register is choose a business structure when you start a business. This could be:

  • Sole Trader/ Self -Employed
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Public Liability Company
  • Partnership
  • Social Enterprise
  • Community Interest Company
  • Charity

Once you have chosen your business structure we suggest you use the websites on the left to research the legal steps you will need to take to register you business. Different structures will require different processes. Don’t jump into registration until you are ready to trade and clear about what organisation you plan to be. Seek professional advice from an accountant or solicitor or a business registration agent if you are unsure – you can register in 10 minutes if you know what you’re doing.