Forming a company in the UK could involve creating a new business or registering an existing overseas company.
The five types of company structure to consider are:
private company - limited by shares
private company - limited by guarantee
private unlimited company
public limited company (PLC)
- Societas Europaea (SE)
- European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG)
You can handle the registration process yourself, but it is a good idea to seek professional advice before you do so to ensure that incorporation is right for you. A company formation agent, solicitor or accountant can carry out the process for you for a fee, as well as offer advice. Read more about legal structures: the basics.
Choosing a company name
Choosing the right company name is important. Customers will deduce a lot from your name and first impressions count. There are some words and expressions that you cannot use in a company name in the UK without official permission. Find details about choosing and registering a company name. There are also rules about how you must display your company name.
Read more about how to choose the right name for your business.