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WBi offers an end-to-end service to help American and European clients set-up and launch in the UK market.

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UK company set up and registration

There are four main types of UK company incorporation: Private Limited Company (Ltd), Public Limited Company (Plc), Branch of a foreign company, and Limited Liability Partnership.

Key features of a Private Limited Company (Ltd):

  • Only one shareholder needed, ideal for a wholly-owned subsidiary
  • No minimum capital requirement
  • Must have a minimum of one director and a company secretary
  • Accounts and Company Return to be filed annually
  • This is the most popular format for foreign investors

Key features of a Public Limited Company (Plc):

  • Minimum share capital of £50,000 of which 25% must be paid up
  • Must have at least two directors and a company secretary
  • Accounts and Company return to be filed annually
  • Accounts must be audited if turnover exceeds £1 million

Key features of a Branch of a foreign company:

  • The foreign parent company is financially liable for all activities and liabilities of the UK branch
  • The Branch is required to register with Companies House in the UK
  • The Parent company accounts must be filed annually

Key features of a Limited Liability Partnership:

  • The LLP must have at least two members, each of whom has limited liability
  • LLP requires the same registration and disclosure as for a Limited Company
  • Alternative partnership structures exist, however they are rarely adopted by overseas companies


WBi works with a range of technology firms across the Software, Online Advertising, and Communications Technology sectors. We also work with Interactive Agencies and marketing services firms.

Client   Sector   Company HQ Location
Arcaneo   Enterprise software   Toronto, Canada
Explania   Online Advertising   Brussels, Belgium
Instruxion   Animated video   Brussels, Belgium
THA Group   B2B marketing   Paris, France / Munich, Germany
Fifth Dimension   Interactive agency   London, UK
Fifth Dimension   CMS Vendor   London, UK
Together   Interactive agency   Nottingham, UK
Rostrum   B2B PR firm   London, UK