Certificate of incorporation

Companies House issue Certificate of incorporation once your company registration application is successfully.

Commence trading

Consequently, the certificate is a conclusive evidence of that your limited company has been registered in accordance with the Companies Act in the United Kingdom. You may start trading straight away if your company is a private limited company. Unlike a public limited company (PLC), they must obtain the trading certificate before commence trading.

Information printed on the certificate of incorporation

Universally, your certificate of incorporation will have the following information printed on it:

  • Your company name.
  • Your company registration number (eight digits number only).
  • The type of company. Whether your company is a limited or unlimited company. And if it is a limited company whether it is limited by shares or limited by guarantee.
  • Whether your company is a private or public limited company.
  • Where is your company’s registered office situated. whether it is in England and Wales, Wales, Scotland or in Northern Ireland.
  • The date of incorporation of your limited company. The date is the date Companies House issued your certificate on incorporation.

The Registrar of Companies would stamp your certificate with it’s official seal.

Open a bank account

Generally, you would require your certificate of incorporation to open a bank account for your company. Your bank would ask for this certificate and other incorporation documents. In addition, your company directors must present himself and provide proof of identity and proof of address documents.

Your company official stationery

Conventionally, you would include your company details in your official company stationery such as letterhead and website. Your company name, registration number and registered office address are the important ones.

Confirmation statement

Companies House require every company to deliver Confirmation Statement at least once every 12 months. Thus, your director must file the confirmation statement on time. It is a criminal offence not the file this document.

Company Accounts

Lastly, your company must prepare and submit accounts with Companies House. The due date is nine months for a private limited company and six months for a public limited company.

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