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Help and advice on limited company formation

Need a hand? Don‘t worry about it, this incorporation stuff can be confusing (that‘s why we‘re here). Below you‘ll find lots of frequently asked questions. If you can‘t find what you‘re looking for you can ping us on Twitter and we‘ll help you out, or email us info@smarta.com

Disadvantages to forming a limited company

Going limited makes sense for most businesses once their turnover hits £15,000 per year. However, to make a fully informed decision, it’s important to understand the disadvantages of going limited as well. Read more

Using a trading name for your limited company

If, when you go to register the name of your limited company, you find someone else has beaten you to it, you may still be able to use your first choice as your trading name. Read more

Choosing your limited company name

For most businesses, choosing a name for their limited company is straightforward. However, there are some restrictions. Read more

Limited companies and registered office addresses

Every limited company must have a registered office address. This a physical address (not a PO box) where bodies such as Companies House and HMRC will send official correspondence to you. Read more

Registering your company for VAT

Until your business reaches a certain annual turnover, VAT registration is voluntary. This is true for both sole traders and limited companies. However, it could be worth registering before you reach the threshold. Read more

Why do I need a registered office address?

If you run a limited company or a limited liability partnership (LLP), it’s likely you’ll have questions about registered office addresses. In this article, we look at the 12 most common questions and demystify the process of getting your own registered office address. Read more

Allowable expenses for limited companies

The expenses you can claim through your limited company will go a long way to maximising the profitability of your business. Here, we set out the main expenses you’ll be able to claim. Read more

Company name registration and sensitive words

Company Names must adhere to some general rules set out by the UK Government. Read more

Persons of significant control in your limited company

As well as listing directors, officers and shareholders, Companies House requires limited companies to list all persons of significant control. Read more

Shares, share capital and share classes

When you own shares in a company, you own a portion – or all – of it. A person’s (or organisation’s) shareholding in a business is usually expressed as a number of shares or as a percentage of the total number of shares issued. Read more

Data sharing at Companies House

Companies House makes information about all limited companies available for anyone to access for a small fee. Read more


Pre-requisites to setting up a limited company

Everything you need to form your company Read more


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Smarta Guide to Forming a Limited Company

Download our Smarta Guide to forming a Limited Company. Read more

Proof of ID and address document checklist

We have a legal obligation to check Proof of ID and Proof of Address documents for account holders and company officers (directors and people with significant control) who use our address services - this is to ensure we comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and ‘Know Your Customer’ (KYC) requirements. Read more

Start Trading Within 3 Hours With Our Express Formation

Need to start trading as a Limited Company Today? Opt-in for an Express Formation at checkout and you could be trading within 3 hours. Read more

Companies House Filing Fees

Below we have put together a handy table which outlines all costs you can incur from Companies House when running your limited company. Read more

Advantages to forming a limited company

Although setting up a limited company comes with some administrative burdens as well as legal and fiduciary responsibilities for directors, it is, for many people, the best way forward. Read more

Director's Fiduciary Responsibilities

Running a limited company comes with director’s fiduciary responsibilities. As well as using your skills to make the company successful and putting its interests before your own, you must provide information about your business to Companies House. Read more

Your limited company’s confirmation statement

Before your business enters its second accounting period, you will need to complete your first Confirmation Statement (previously annual return). Read more

Benefits to incorporation a company with a formations agent

Do you have a killer idea and want to start your own business, but don’t know how? Look no further, by using a formations agent – such as Smarta – all the hard work is done for you, and we guide through every step. Read more

Closing your limited company

It’s not all fun and games in the world of start-ups and small businesses; you’re bound to hit rough patches in the running of your company, and sometimes you can’t bounce back from these, and so have to put an end to your business. Read more

Incorporating a dormant company

Dormant companies are, simply put, limited companies which have ceased to trade for an undefined amount of time. Going into a period of dormancy is best for companies that do not want to wind-up, but need a break.  Read more

Incorporating a UK-based limited company from abroad

Contrary to common belief, you can incorporate a UK-based business from abroad and the easiest way to do this is through a formations agent - such as Smarta. Read more

What is the difference between a company limited by shares and one limited by guarantee?

When forming a limited company in the UK, there are usually two routes you can go down. You can either form a company limited by shares – the most popular choice in the UK – or one limited by guarantee, which is suitable for not-for-profit business models.  Read more