UK Company Formation...

Everything you need to know about setting up in the UK.

UK Company Formation Wizard

Use our helpful tool to see what's required to set up your company in the UK.

Setting Up in The UK

A practical guide to what’s involved, and what you can expect to happen during this process.

FAQs

Get answers to commonly asked questions about company formation, accounting and taxes.

Our Services...

From accounting to personalised telephone answering – everything your company needs to thrive in the UK.

UK Company Formation

Company formation, memorandum and articles registration and appointing Directors and Shareholders.

Legal Compliance

Covering various business operations such as company secretary, registered office, handling post and more.

Outsourced Finance Office

Complete administrative support for your UK company designed especially for foreign businesses.

Bank Account Opening

Operate from day one with an EBS Client Account that can be opened immediately.

Virtual Office Service

UK business address, personalised phone answering service, mail handling, access to the meeting room.

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Hot Desking Service

Co-working space and hot desking services offering a flexible and collaborative working environment.

Advisory Services

Advice on formation, directorship and other relevant rules and regulations related to setting up in the UK.

Brokerage Services

A single entry point to services frequently required in the early stages of company development.

About EBS...

Find out more about EBS, how we operate and what we stand for – or simply get in touch with us.

Who we are and how we work

We work exclusively with foreign-owned businesses in the UK and understand the problems they face.

Our Team

Behind every successful business is a great team - meet the team that makes up EBS.

Contact Details

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Who we work with...

Explore our case studies and see how we work with foreign companies, helping them set up in the UK.

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Head Office

EBS Ltd, Innovation Centre, Gallows Hill, Warwick, CV34 6UW

London Office

EBS Ltd, 118 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5EA

Manchester Office

EBS Ltd, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD

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Tax relief for investors using EIS and SEIS schemes

The UK Government offers two very attractive schemes, which encourage the UK based investors to make an investment in the companies based in the UK , called Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes (SEIS).

Investors will receive Income Tax relief on the amount of they have invested, subject to certain limits, and will pay no tax (Capital Gains) on the sale of the shares after 3 years. The amounts and limits are different for EIS and SEIS and may change over time. It is essential to take expert advice before considering using these tax advantages.

In considering the implications of seeking EIS funding you should keep in mind that EIS qualifying companies have to satisfy a number of requirements at the time of the share issue and for the following three years.

When the shares are issued, the company must:

  • Have gross assets of less than £15m, and no more than £16m immediately after the share issue.
  • Have fewer than 250 ‘full time equivalent’ employees.
  • Not be listed on a recognised stock exchange and have no arrangements in place to become quoted on a recognised stock exchange.
  • The shares must be paid for in full in money on or before the date they are issued.
  • The shares must not have any special rights.
  • There must not be any arrangements to protect or give preferential treatment to the EIS investors.

At the time of the share issue AND for three years after the share issue, the company must:

  • Be independent, that is not a subsidiary or be under the control of another company
  • Conduct a qualifying trade
  • Have a UK ‘permanent establishment’, though trading mainly in the UK is no longer a requirement.

There are also anti-avoidance rules to counter pre-arranged exits and any arrangements designed to reduce an investor’s risk.

Additionally, all money raised from the issue of EIS shares must be used to grow and develop the business and must not be used to make acquisitions of either another company’s shares, trade or certain types of trading asset.

There are also some activities which exclude participation in the EIS scheme. These are:

  • Dealing in land, shares, futures and other financial instruments
  • Dealing in goods other than in the normal course of a retail or wholesale trade
  • Banking, insurance, money lending or other financial activities
  • Leasing or receiving royalties or license fees, unless the company has created the intangible asset itself.
  • Providing legal or accountancy services
  • Farming, market gardening, woodlands and timber production.
  • Property development
  • Hotels and nursing homes
  • The generation or production of heat, electricity, power, fuel or gas
  • Coal and steel production, shipbuilding
  • Providing services to a connected party conducting one of the above trades.

There are overall limits on the total amounts of money which can be raised, and the company must have a sent in a Compliance Statement to HMRC and have received the letter of authorisation and Compliance Certificate together with a reference number, before the shares can be issued. The investors will need the Compliance Certificate in order to claim the tax relief.

As always, tax is a complicated subject and careful planning is required before acting on any arrangements. If you would like to establish a company in the UK and apply for EIS or SEIS please get in touch to set up a meeting with our Team Karolina Staniak or Marcin Boron .

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EBS Ltd, Innovation Centre, Gallows Hill, Warwick, CV34 6UW

London Office

EBS Ltd, 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JQ

London Office

EBS Ltd, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD​

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