Incorporation and names

Sets out the main requirements for incorporating a company in the UK.



This guide includes information and advice about:

  • how to incorporate a limited company
  • the type of company you wish to incorporate
  • the company’s officers
  • choosing a company name including controls and restrictions
  • disclosure of company name and other information
Published 1 June 2013
Last updated 8 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Text added to guidance about who can incorporate.
  2. Annexes A to C updated.
  3. Foundation section updated.
  4. Welsh HTML added.
  5. Annexes A, B and C converted to HTML.
  6. English HTML version added. Annexes seperated.
  7. Version 6.1 uploaded. Minor amendment to include link to PSC guidance.
  8. New version relating to changes brought in by the The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act.
  9. Version 5.5
  10. Latest version of the guidance uploaded (v5.4)
  11. Welsh booklet added to Welsh translation
  12. Version 5.2 replaced with Version 5.3
  13. Welsh translation added
  14. Version 5.2 added
  15. Welsh translation added
  16. First published.