As stated in s.15 of the Companies Act 2006, once a limited company has been registered with Companies House, the registrar should issue a certificate which states your key company details.
Certificate of Incorporation – Contents
- Company Name
- Company Registered Number
- The date or incorporation
- Whether the company is limited or unlimited (in almost all cases, this will be the former)
- Whether the company is limited by shares or guarantee
- If the company is a private or public company
- Where the company registered office is situated (England & Wales, Wales, Scotland, or N.Ireland).
According to the Act, the Certificate of Incorporation is “conclusive evidence that the requirements of this Act as to registration have been complied with and that the company is duly registered under this Act.”
Paper or Electronic Certificate?
When you form a limited company, depending on the service you use, you may or may not receive a paper Certificate of Incorporation.
If you order an electronic version, you may prefer to order a paper copy too, which may also be a requirement if you want to open a business bank account.
Your formations agent will be able to order you a paper copy, or alternatively you can order direct with Companies House who also offer a same day service.
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