How to Register A Company in the UK From Pakistan? Easy steps to Follow

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Registering a company in the UK from Pakistan seems like an unachievable process but it is possible. With Icon Offices, you can register your company even if you are in Pakistan, operate it successfully, and gain benefits like unique addresses, free multi-currency UK bank accounts, international money transfer accounts, and much more.

Do I need to be in the UK to register my company and business bank account? How much will it cost to register a company in the UK? Don’t worry, in this comprehensive guide, we will answer these questions and give you a step by step process for registering your company in the UK from Pakistan.

What is required to open a limited company in the UK from Pakistan?

To register your business, there are necessary documents needed to comply with Companies House legal requirements.

Companies House is a government agency under the Department of Business and Trade responsible for incorporating, dissolving, recording, and maintaining companies’ records.

The necessary documents needed include:

  • Proof of identity. You can provide your National Identity Card, current passport, and driving licences.
  • Proof of address. You can provide a utility bill, electricity bill, bank statements, rental or lease agreements.
  • Information on the company activities. Provide information on services or products that your business offers.
  • A clear structure of your business. Include names and other relevant details of director and shareholders.
  • Directors and shareholders’ information. Include their residential addresses, nationality, and date of birth. To qualify to be a director, one must be above the age of 16.
  • A UK-registered office address. This is your company's official address in the UK. This is a legal requirement by Companies House when incorporating a company. This is where your company’s official mail from Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will be sent.

You need not worry about this requirement since Icon Offices provides a UK-registered office address and director service address as well. We offer virtual office address service at an affordable rate and with exclusive addresses to choose from.

Addresses provided to Companies House will appear on public records, so a director's service address will help to keep your residential address private.

How to get started with registering a company in the UK from Pakistan?

Once you have all the required details and documents needed to register a company in the UK, it is now time to start the registration process. Here is a step-by-step guide and what to keep in mind before and after the registration process.

Choose a company name

A company name represents your brand identity. When choosing your company name, there are considerations and rules to keep in mind. 

According to Companies House, a company name:

  • Must be unique and not similar to other companies' names. You can check if the name you have chosen for your company is available or not using Companies House company name availability checker.
  • Must end with either ‘limited’ or ‘Ltd’ unless your company is a registered charity.
  • Shouldn’t use insensitive words or expressions which may result in legal consequences. Examples include:
  • Words suggesting business pre-eminence, specific status, or functions (e.g., ‘British,’ ‘Institute,’ or ‘Tribunal’).
  • Implying a connection with the UK government, devolved administrations, or specified public authorities.
  • Using words representing regulated activities.
  • Including words that could be an offense.

Choose a company structure

After settling on a company name, the next step is to choose the structure of your company. There are different types of limited company structures in the UK which are:

  • Public Limited Company (PLC): This type of company is limited by shares. Unlike a private company, it can offer shares to the public.
  • Private Company Limited by Shares: This is the most popular kind of limited company in the UK. Members of the public cannot buy shares in the business and  shareholders' liability is limited to the amount they have invested in the company.
  • Private Company Limited by Guarantee: This is usually used by non-profit organisations. Guarantors are responsible for the company’s debts.   
  • Private Unlimited Company: This type of company does not have a limit on the liability of its members. Shareholders are personally liable for the company’s debts and obligations.

They all have advantages and disadvantages, however, Icon Offices will advise the type of structure suitable for your business.

Registration process with Icon Offices

Once you have settled on a suitable structure for your business, you can purchase a company formation package and start the registration process. You will fill in all your company details on the online application and we will help you with the registration process. Make sure that all documents you provided are accurate and up-to-date.

Documents in all languages are accepted and in most cases, we can translate them for free. However, if we cannot translate the documents ourselves, an independent translator will need to be hired for a one-off fee of £12.00.

Our company formation package also comes with additional benefits like UK business bank account formation with an easy online Bank account application with no signatures or paperwork.

How to open a business bank account in the UK from Pakistan with Icon Offices

Having a business bank account is essential for separating personal and business finances.  We have teamed up with several banks to provide our clients with fast and hassle-free business banking services. Once you open a business bank account with us, you can access exclusive deals such as cash reward offers.

These are not available with any of the banks should you make a direct application with them. Simply sign up and enjoy the benefits that are on offer.

What documents do I get after registering my UK limited company?

After your registration process is complete and approved by Companies House, you will get:

Certificate of incorporation

This is a legal document that verifies the existence of your limited company. Information contained in the certificate of incorporation includes:

  • Name of the company
  • Date of incorporation
  • Company structure
  • Registered address
  • Company registration number
  • Incorporating Registrar

Memorandum of Assosiation

This is a legal document that all shareholders or guarantors of the company must sign to agree to:

Article of association

This is a document that specifies the rules of managing and operating your company. It contains the director’s powers, shareholder’s rights, and decision-making processes.

Where do I get these documents? Icon Offices will send all company formation documents to you by email.

How much money do I need to register a company in the UK from Pakistan?

The process is quite affordable. Unlike other agents, Icon Offices offer the same formation price for both UK residents and non UK residents.

For only £43.99, your company will be set up and receive benefits that come with the package such as free and.UK domain name, free £400 Google Ad words voucher, free prepaid credit card with £20 free credit, free business listing, free GiffGaff Pay As You Go Sim Card with £5 free credit, free online business and management courses from top UK Universities, access to our discounted 24/7 call answering service, free accounting consultation, access to discounted accountancy services, free lifetime support for your company, and much more.

Do I need to be in the UK to register a company?

No, you don’t. Icon Offices will help you set up your company and manage it from anywhere. Our services offer a streamlined process for both UK and non UK residents.

In conclusion, it is possible to register your UK limited company and operate it from Pakistan without setting foot in the UK. Remember to have all the requirements needed by the Companies House and they are up-to-date.

With Icon Office, your registration process will be smooth and quick. If you get stuck, don’t hesitate to contact us to guide you through all the steps.

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