United Kingdom Certificate of Incorporation
3E Accounting explains the importance of having a UK certificate of incorporation for your limited company.
The successful registration of your company with the Companies House means that you have incorporated your business as per Companies Act 2006. As conclusive evidence of incorporation, Companies House will issue a UK Certificate of incorporation.
Incorporation has the advantage of creating a separate legal identity for your company. This is essential as it confers legal status upon your company and limits the liability of its owners and shareholders. As a legal entity, your company can enter contracts, own property, sue or be sued, etc.
A company’s certificate of incorporation must be authenticated by the Registrar’s signature or official seal. A certificate can be in digital or paper format, depending on how you started the company registration process. You can register directly with the Companies House using its online application service. In this instance, you will receive a digital certificate via email. You also have the option of making a paper application with Companies House. Upon successful registration, Companies House will send a paper certificate via post top your registered address.
Digital-PDF copies are the norm if you engaged the services of a company formation specialist such as 3E Accounting. However, you may also specifically request a hard copy as part of your solutions package. Lost or damaged copies can be easily replaced by your company formation agent. Otherwise, you can always access an online copy from the Companies House portal for free, Hard copies will be charged a fee.
The certificate is an important piece of documentation and should be kept safely. It is clear proof that your company exists legally, and its details are at the Companies House public registry of companies. It is a legal document that confirms your company’s right to trade. A certificate of incorporation will be needed to verify the existence of your company when opening a bank or trade account. You will also need it to lease premises and apply for permits, grants, or loans. Creditors and suppliers may also ask for the certificate as proof of authenticity and legality.
When you receive your certificate of incorporation, check that it contains the following information:
- The company’s name.
- The eight-digit company registration number (CRN).
- The date of incorporation.
- Issuing registrar, i.e., Cardiff, Edinburgh, or Belfast.
- The location of the company’s registered office, i.e., England and Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.
- Details of the type of entity, i.e., public or private, limited or unlimited, limited by shares or guarantee.
- Companies House official seal.
- Royal Coat of Arms.
If you are looking to start your business in the United Kingdom, you will need to begin by registering your company. Getting your UK Certificate of incorporation will be a walk in the park with the right business solutions provider. Contact 3E Accounting today to explore the customizable range of solutions that we have on offer. 3E Accounting brings years of global industry experience to the table and we take pride in delivering excellence. Call us today to speak to our team of specialists.