A PRIVATE COMPANY LIMITED BY SHARES is a class of private limited
company incorporated under the laws of England and Wales , Scotland ,
certain Commonwealth countries or the
Republic of Ireland
"Limited by shares" means that the liability of the shareholders to creditors of the company is limited to the capital originally invested, i.e. the nominal value of the shares and any premium paid in return for the issue of the shares by the company. A shareholder's personal assets are thus protected in the event of the company's insolvency, but any money invested in the company may be lost.
A limited company may be "private" or "public". A private limited company's disclosure requirements are lighter, but its shares may not be offered to the general public and therefore cannot be traded on a public stock exchange . This is the major difference between a private limited company and a public limited company . Most companies, particularly small companies, are private.
"Cyfyngedig" ("Cyf.") may be used by Welsh companies in a similar
fashion. Private companies limited by shares are usually required to
have the suffix "Limited" (often written "Ltd" or "Ltd.") or
"Incorporated" ("Inc.") as part of their name, though the latter
cannot be used in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. In the Republic
of Ireland "Teoranta" ("Teo.") may be used instead, largely by
* 1.1 Share capital
* 2 Formation
* 3 Additional information
* 3.1 Redundant companies * 3.2 Converting to a public limited company
* 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links
Anybody can be a director, subject to certain exceptions. A person
who is yet to be discharged from bankruptcy or who has been banned
from being a company director by the court will be prohibited, except
in certain cases. For example, if the bankrupted person had requested
details of share transactions because there was sufficient equity
within the business/es that had not been dealt with sufficiently by
the court, they are technically not bankrupt and are permitted to
start a company. In addition, a person may not be a director of a
limited company if he or she is unable to consent to their
appointment. As of October 2008, the minimum age required to give this
consent is 16 years of age. This change was applied retroactively,
with any directors under the age of 16 being removed from the register
upon the implementation of the (
Companies Act 2006
No formal qualifications are required to be a company director or secretary, but the company must comply with many laws and regulations, regardless of such qualifications or the lack of them.
Certain non-British nationals are restricted as to the work they may undertake in the UK, depending upon their visas, work permits, national insurance payments center location and tax details, training, English language and professional indemnity insurances.
As of October 2008 (Companies Act 2006), it is no longer necessary to obtain a court order to withhold a director's address, as a "service address" can be supplied as well, with the residential address being held as protected information at Companies House.
When a limited company is formed it must issue one or more subscriber shares to its initial members. It may increase capitalisation by issue of further shares. The issued share capital of the company is the total number of shares existing in the company multiplied by the nominal value of each share.
A company incorporated in England and Wales can be created with any number of shares of any nominal value, expressed in any currency. For example, there may be 10,000 shares with a nominal value of 1p, or 100 shares of £1 each. In each case the share capital would be £100.
Unissued shares can be issued at any time by the directors using a Form SH01 - Return of Allotment of Shares (Pursuant to Companies Act, 2006) subject to prior authorisation by the shareholders.
Shares in a private company are usually transferred by private agreement between the seller and the buyer, as they may not be offered to the general public. A stock transfer form is required to register the transfer with the company. The articles of association of private companies often place restrictions on the transfer of shares.
A company's first accounts must start on the day of incorporation. The first financial year must end on the accounting reference date , or a date up to seven days either side of this date. Subsequent accounts start on the day following the year-end date of the previous accounts. They end on the next accounting reference date or a date up to seven days either side.
To help companies meet this filing requirement,
The first accounts of a private company must be delivered:
* within 9 months of the end of the accounting reference period; or * if the accounting reference period is more than 12 months, within 22 months of the date of incorporation, or three months from the end of the accounting reference period, whichever is longer.
A company may change its accounting reference date by sending Form 225 to the Registrar.
Every company must have a registered office, which does not need to
be its usual business address. It is sometimes the address of the
company's lawyers or accountants, for example. All official letters
and documentation from the government departments (including
To incorporate a company in the UK the following documents, together with the registration fee (£40 as of August 2012 ), must be sent to the Registrar of Companies:
* Form IN01 * The articles of association * The memorandum of association
The memorandum of association states the name of the company, the registered office and the company objectives. The objective of a company may simply be stated as being to carry out business as a general commercial company. The memorandum delivered to the Registrar must be signed by each subscriber in front of a witness who must attest the signature.
The articles of association govern the company's internal affairs. The company's articles delivered to the Registrar must be signed by each subscriber in front of a witness who must attest the signature.
Form IN01 states the first directors, the first secretary, and the address of the registered office. Each director must give his or her name, address, date of birth, and occupation. Each officer appointed, and each subscriber (or their agent), must sign and date the form.
In other jurisdictions companies must make similar applications to
the relevant registrar, such as the Companies Registration Office,
Ireland in the
Republic of Ireland
Private companies that have not traded or otherwise carried on business for at least three months may apply to the Registrar to be struck off the register. Alternatively, the company may be voluntarily liquidated.
CONVERTING TO A PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
A private company limited by shares, or an unlimited company with a share capital, may re-register as a public limited company (PLC). A private company must pass a special resolution that it be so re-registered and deliver a copy of the resolution together with an application form 43(3)(e) to the Registrar.
Privately held company
* ^ "GOV.UK - Bankruptcy".
* ^ "Starting a new company – paper forms".
companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
* ^ http://www.mca.gov.in/MinistryV2/RegisterNewComp.html
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