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 9 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. Amendment to polytechnic and university
  2. Amendment to email contact for approval for the sensitive words Accredit / Accreditation / Accredited / Accrediting
  3. Text added to guidance about who can incorporate.
  4. Annexes A to C updated.
  5. Foundation section updated.
  6. Welsh HTML added.
  7. Annexes A, B and C converted to HTML.
  8. English HTML version added. Annexes seperated.
  9. Version 6.1 uploaded. Minor amendment to include link to PSC guidance.
  10. New version relating to changes brought in by the The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act.
  11. Version 5.5
  12. Latest version of the guidance uploaded (v5.4)
  13. Welsh booklet added to Welsh translation
  14. Version 5.2 replaced with Version 5.3
  15. Welsh translation added
  16. Version 5.2 added
  17. Welsh translation added
  18. First published.