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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

Going limited – five key advantages

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

Going limited – three disadvantages

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

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

Using a trading Name

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

Your company’s registered office address

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 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

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

Persons of significant control

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

Companies House – Data Sharing

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

Sensitive Words

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

Incorporation Pre Requisits

Everything you need to form your 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

Why do I need a Registered Office

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