Every company must file an annual return at Companies House at least once every 12 months. An annual return is a picture of the basic company information about it's company directors and it's registered office address, shareholders and share capital on a particular date.
A minimum of one director is required to register a company. Following registration, your company must have at least one director, but there is no statutory limit to the number of directors a company appoints during or after incorporation.
In order to comply with the rules under the Companies Act 2006, there is a lot to think about when forming a limited company. One obligation is that your company must affix or paint its name on the outside of its registered office and every office, factory or place in which its business is carried out.
If you don't know how to draft the minutes of the first board meeting we can advise and prepare the appropriate legal documents for your signature.
It is a common concern that if your company begins to fail, you could be affected personally with debt. Registering as a limited company can therefore give you added protection should things go wrong.
The Companies Act has many safeguards for your protection, and all limited companies are now formed in accordance with its provisions. By law a limited company is a separate legal concern, quite distinct from its shareholders and directors. The director and the company, therefore, have quite separate rights and separate existences, meaning more protection for you.
Stamping your company name as your own to protect the name from competition is highly important. Unlike a business name or partnership, registration protects your limited companies name. This means by law, no-one else can use it.
A limited company is generally strongly favoured by the taxation regulations. It is subject to tax but its profits are not normally subjected to higher rates of tax - unlike income tax.
When setting up as a limited company (preferably through Paramount Company Formations), you will need to consider shares and how much value is attributed to them.
After having registered your business, the next major decision is to whether or not you should then register for VAT - so you can then charge your customers.
* All timescales are dependent on how busy Companies House are and if their system is operating normally.
* All prices are plus VAT