All You Need to Know About Incorporating Your Business in UK

Setting up a business in London is no more a big deal. Dozens of Indian companies have made it big in Europe in the last few years.

At NextBigWhat, we’ve partnered with London & Partners’ to help entrepreneurs to set up and grow their business in London. We are delighted to announce a series of workshops across 4 locations, with the very best professional advice from our partners.

The workshop will offer a deep understanding of the opportunities that arise from London’s beneficial business regulations and culture. No matter how well you know the UK and its capital, this workshop is to help you make the right choices. Right from the processes of setting up tax and legal entities through to practical advice on organizing visas and recruiting staff, establishing your office and promoting your business, you’ll find actionable insights and tips from this workshop.London

Why do I have to set up a UK entity?

Under the Companies Act, an overseas company setting up in the UK must register a UK establishment. This only applies if you haven’t already set up a UK subsidiary. Also, one can only make immigration applications for inter-group transfers if you’ve setup your UK entity as either an establishment or a subsidiary.

How do I decide what kind of legal entity to set up?

Ask yourself: what are my commercial aims? Your answers will determine the type of operation that you need to establish and help define your legal and tax status.

What are the most common legal entities?

There are two: a UK private limited company, known as a subsidiary, or a UK branch of your overseas company, known as a UK establishment.

Which is the best legal entity?

Many customers and suppliers prefer dealing with a UK company, so setting up a subsidiary is often the best option.

What is the legal status of a subsidiary company?

It is a separate legal entity from the parent company even though it will be wholly owned by the parent company. It must file, on public record, annual accounts. It is liable for UK corporation tax on its profits but it may be able to take advantage of reduced rates of corporation tax depending on the size of profits globally.London 2

What is the status of a UK branch of a parent company?

It will be legally the same entity as the parent, meaning that all profits or losses of the UK establishment are incorporated with those of your overseas parent and all debts and liabilities of the UK establishment belong to the overseas parent. It should be registered with Companies House within one month of being established.

What taxes will I have to pay on a UK branch of my parent company?

This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. For example, work undertaken in preparation for the eventual setting up of a taxable presence may be non-taxable. If the UK activities are taxable, UK corporation tax is payable on the UK establishment’s profits, via the submission of an annual tax return.

Does a UK branch of my parent company qualify for tax relief?

Double tax relief is usually available in the parent company jurisdiction. Will I have to file accounts? Yes, annually, and these accounts will be publicly available.


» Want to Know More?

Attend The Workshop in Your City ( The series of workshops will be conducted across 4 locations, i.e. New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Bangalore).

1. The event is totally free to attend (limited seats though) – so apply for a seat here.

2. We will review your application and get back within 4-5 days.

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“London – Catalyst for Growth”

• London your gateway to go global.

• Opportunities for Indian companies, how London & Partners can support

“Doing Business in the UK”

• Structures and tax benefits

• Legalities around structuring and immigration aspects

“M&A, Fundraising and Listing in the UK”

• India UK M&A Landscape

• Fundraising and Listing aspects

Moderated Panel Discussion followed by Q&A Closing Remarks

Event Details

Event Name: London – Catalyst For Growth: Get Set Global

Event Location:

17th Feb : New Delhi. (04:30 – 07:00 p.m)
18th Feb : Gurgaon. ( 04:30 – 07:00 p.m)
19th Feb : Mumbai. (03:45 – 06:00 p.m)
20th Feb : Bangalore. (04:45 -07:30 p.m.)

Price: Free (on invite-basis)

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