You must register an overseas company with Companies House if you want to set up a place of business in the UK.
Who must register
You must register if you set up a place of business in the UK or if you usually carry out business from somewhere in the UK.
If you don’t have a base in the UK
You don’t need to do anything unless you’re developing property or land in the UK. If you are, contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to register for Corporation Tax. Don’t register with Companies House.
How to register
You must fill in form OS IN01 and send it to Companies House within 1 month of opening for business. The address is on the form along with what documents you need to send.
You must send a £20 registration fee with the form. You can pay by cheque or postal order.
Changes to company details
You must tell Companies House within 14 days if your company details change. This includes:
- what the business does
- details of directors, secretaries or people authorised to represent the company
- company information, for example accounting requirements or the powers of directors or secretaries
- company constitution (one of the documents made when you formed the company)
Contact Companies House for help.
Help from the Department for International Trade
Overseas companies looking to set up business in the UK can get help from the Department for International Trade. You can get information about how business works in the UK, analysis of market opportunities, and access to business and academic networks.
Setting up in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
You can get help from Scottish Development International (SDI) if you’re looking to set up business in Scotland.
You can also get help with setting from: