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Coddan CPM Ltd. – Company Registration Agent in the UK
Statutory accounts

Statutory accounts

VAT registration & returns

VAT registration & returns

Company start-up from £24.99

Company start-up from £24.99,
with annual accounts (extra charge applies)

Company secretarial services

Company secretarial services


Fast company registration from £24.99 & tax, VAT returns, bookkeeping and accounting services

Our limited company formation packages for local residents



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Starting a new enterprise online: the current private company registration in England, Wales, Scotland and North of Ireland deal is for customers who have a UK address and wish their enterprise to be registered straightforward and paper free. It features a free banking account referral.

At the time of your low cost limited company formation, we will deliver documents listed below to your e-mail:



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Establish a new firm: for those who require the basic limited company incorporation in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and have a registered address, this opportunity is eligible for using a secured bank account application. Extra documentation being sent by email and post.

All company formations features included in the first option are also covered by this package, as well as:



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This opportunity is for customers who wish to receive all the benefits of online private company registration in England, Wales, Alba and Norlin Airlann, this package provides them with impressively bound set of documents.

This option benefits featuring in the first two incorporation deals are included in this offer, with the free postage of:



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Starting a new company with domiciled address: for British residents and expatriates, this UK company formation option has been designed especially with their needs in mind, providing a prestigious office address, when starting the new private company limited by shares.

The package includes all benefits mentioned in the first option, plus:

UK private company registration packages for the international consumers



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For overseas residents, we offer a UK limited company registration, provision of the prestigious London registered address, as well as Due Diligence compliance for a total of 12 months.

The LTD company start up package includes the following items:



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For offshore clients, we offer this exclusive company registration package, which includes the director' service address, business and SAIL address, along with registered office address in London, with government mail scanning service.

Everything in the first option is included, along with the following benefits such as:



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The third company formation option comes with the legal secretary, and is the one of our most popular packages for worldwide clients, who are not familiar with the UK corporate law and regulations.

The current package has all benefits described in the previous (second) option, plus:

Bookkeeping and annual accountancy services comes with the same day company formation with Companies House for British & overseas customers

Company formation in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and in Belfast - no one provides corporate services to assist you to incorporate and manage your entities the way we do! Neither citizenship nor British residency are required for the UK company registration, or to create a new partnership, establish company limited by guarantee, or setting-up a public firm. You can register a private company across the Great Britain from any country in the world! Our fast incorporation service is simple and cheap - British, Scottish or Irish limited companies start up costs from £24.99 (including the government fee) & take up to 24 hours only! If you've any inquiry then please get in touch with us! E-mail: info@coddan.co.uk, we aim to reply to all emails within 24 hours. If you are rushing, please feel free to call us between 9:30am-6:00pm Monday to Friday by telephoning + 44 (0) 207.935.5171 or (0) 330.808.0089 (great for mobiles - just like calling a UK Landline) and chat further.

Our dedicated team will provide the following services: the annual management of your accounts (either on the basis of monthly, quarterly or yearly) which will be submitted on your behalf to Companies House as well as HMRC. Annual tax returns, along with complete accounts. As well as a personal bookkeeper who is allocated to your business, with the options to send over your documents in many formants for your own comfort, is it via email, post or uploading them onto our online portal. All of our services are entirely compliant with HMRC guidelines and regulations to put your mind at ease.

If you are seeking affordable and proficient accounting in London for your business then seek no further! We can assist your business (be it in London or the entire UK) via time and strategic money-saving services, ridding you of the pressures and strains that come with hefty paperwork. So, trust in our expertise to provide top services, leaving you with the freedom to concentrate on other important business matters!

New companies formation across England, Wales, Alba and Tuaisceart Éireann services provided by the London based business start-up expert: new enterprise formation costs from only £24.99 for local customers & £105 for overseas consumers, and our national purchaser will get the free Barclays's bank introduction. We support domestic and international clients, whatever the size! Please do not place an order as the UK resident, if you are not. If you are not resident of the Great Britain, do not have the UTR number and do not have a UK permanent residence, please, do not pretend to be a British resident.


Coddan is London based companies formation expert for over 30 years

Incorporation of a new firm with us is easy - fast company formation in UK within a few hours only for £24.99! Register a company with London based expert, we offer wide range of company registration packages. At Coddan, our philosophy & business view is straightforward. Our aim to offer our consumers with the best high-quality limited company start-up services across the United Kingdom, EU, USA and offshore countries. We follow the importance of understanding and learning from our local and overseas clients of their needs in order to provide them, the best private company creation assistance, based on their activities or legal requirements. A new UK company registration could not be easier with us!

A lot of people are asking questions: "how do I open a new limited company in UK?", "how much does it cost to incorporate a company?", "how do I start my own business in the United Kingdom?", or "how can I establish a new private company?", we understand the priority of solid advice for those, who are looking for to form a new general trading or non-profit, public entity, or create a limited partnership, or an LLP. We have the best practice and background with the entities start-up for private and corporate clients & post-incorporation of the legal entities across the United Kingdom and North of Ireland: limited companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, companies limited by guarantee & trusts. We are happy to handle your needs, if you need forming an enterprise or a partnership with the VAT number, or/and a corporation with bank account, we are ready to serve your needs. No paper forms to complete or signatures are required for the formation of a limited company with us!


We make a new company formation quick & easy

The difference between Companies House, our competitors and us is that Coddan provides our very own articles of association. When a company is sending for incorporation via our web-page then Companies House must manually check our memorandums and articles due to the fact that our article are our own tailor-made ones, this means, all directors and shareholders can rest assured that all information is correct on all documents and that their name appears on all share articles. Thus, when directors apply for banking accounts for their business they can be certain that they will not come across any problems, making the entire process smoother and more efficient.

Our consultants are ready to answer your questions regarding limited company formations, if you need an assistance with a company registrations, you can also speak to our consultants between 9:30am-6:00pm Monday to Friday by telephoning + 44 (0) 207.935.5171 or (0) 330.808.0089 (great for mobiles - just like calling a UK Landline).

New UK Company Registration Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding a company's formations

Regarding a company's formations

Why should one want to register a private company?

You may want to form a private corporation for the new or existing activities. UK company formation will protect and limit your liability for the possible debts, damages and obligations of the commerce.

What advantages offers a British company registration?

The primary advantage of company registration is minimisation of shareholder's personal liabilities for debts of the business. It also offers tax advantages, secures the name and adds credibility to your legal operations.

Who can open a private company in UK?

Anyone can open a firm. With some limitations, it is suitable for any field activity and any size of the organisation: small private to vast multinationals; for-profit enterprises, as well as philanthropic and charitable ideas, self-employed and sole traders. On top of this page you may find incorporation offers for everyone!

Is it possible to convert from a sole trader to a legal entity?

Of course, yes! You can convert from a sole trader to a private legal entity. English, Welsh, Scottish or Irish corporations can be establish for a new activity or converted from your current self-employed nature of trades. You might as well be able to keep your present trading name, if it's not in use by another legal firm.

When should I choose to open a company over a self-employment?

Choosing to open an organisation may offer tax benefits and as well will allow more efficiency to your affairs if it is making £25,000 and over per year. When you are forming an enterprise, you also have more credibility and are personally liable for the debts of your activity.

Is the company creation required for a safeguarding of a name?

If you do not want others to use the name of your organisation, opening of a private firm is the best way to keep it protected. Registration of a trademark will add additional piece of mind. Depending on your activities, you can consider local or international trademark protection. Feel free to contact us for more details about new LLC setting-up in the UK, EU and USA or a trademark setup.

How much does it cost to establish a corporate body online?

We are charging £24.99 for starting a new company, and our charge includes the government legal fee. We are charging a bit different amount of money for other types of entity establishment. We charge £32.00 to form of an LLP and £39.49 to establish a non-profitable association, etc.

Private company incorporation procedure

Private company incorporation procedure

Why to choose Coddan for a company formation in UK

The process of a company creation is much faster and very straightforward if done with us. Our order form is easy to use, packages are tailored for different needs, and all provide complete set of legal documents; our support is here to assist and direct you throughout the whole procedure. We offer online company start-up, and our services are simple and truthful. We provide the registered office addresses in different locations, we supply the domiciled address and SAIL location for different types of legal enterprises in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and in Belfast.

What is next once Coddan receives my request for a company start up?

Once your order received, we will check all the details submitted, making sure that the summary provided is correct, we will then submit the application to the Registrar via our own approved entities start-up software. Once the order received by the Government Registrar, they will process the information and establish your enterprise by issuing it with the incorporated number.

What time is required to open a limited company?

With us, if you apply for a guaranteed same-day company incorporation service, the time frame can be as little as 1 to 3 hours. The standard period can vary and depending on a workload of the Companies House, the new firm creation process can stretch up to eight working hours or even more before your order approved and the business number for your firm issued. Any order forms for the guaranteed same day service should be submit to us before 13:00 to ensure the new corporate body incorporated with the same working day.

What are the fees for a company limited by shares creation?

The prices for our basic UK private company creation packages start from just £24.99 + VAT and that is including the government filing fee. Optional services are available upon request. Our charges to establish a company limited by shares in England, Wales, or Scotland are the same, except of the price for the provision of the domiciled addresses in Alba and Éire. If you have your own location in the county, and have rights to use it as your business address, we will not charge an additional fee for the new enterprise setting-up.

How would I know that my company has been created?

Once your association has been created, our corporate specialists will contact you via email, and send all relevant e-copies of legal papers immediately. The corporate venture will be ready to commence trading immediately.

What if I need additional services later?

Coddan is here to help, feel free to contact us after your firm established for any further assistance you may require, or should have any further questions regarding your new entity creation. Our team of professional consultants is available Mon-Fri 9:30am – 6:00pm.

Applicant requirementss

Applicant requirements

Who can register a company in the Great Britain?

There are no restrictions on the nationality and residency of the directors/shareholders of the corporations. Corporate stockholders allowed, however directors must be private civilians. Anybody who is 16 years and older can open a firm in England, Wales, Scotland and in Eire, and can act at a director. However, if you have been disqualified or declared a bankrupt, you will not be allowed to serve as a director of the venture.

How many individuals are required to opening of a UK LLC?

One natural person is needed to opening of a UK LLC. Corporate directors are not allowed and only national person can be appointed for the position of the director. Corporate shareholders allowed and their names listed for public records. Same person can act as director and shareholder. British corporations can have as many directors and stockholders as its required for the organisation.

If I reside in a different country can I set-up a private LLC in the UK?

Absolutely! Anyone living abroad can set-up an LLC in the United Kingdom. It is not necessary to reside or to come here to open an organisation with the limited liability. Apart of the legal address, the management and administration office of the entity can also base overseas. Located at central London Baker Street, Coddan' head office can help international customers with private companies set-up across the Great Britain, provision of legal location, opening of banking accounts and legalization of documents by notary public and apostille stamp. We also offer legislation of documents by the Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Embassy and Consulate.

Is a local director required for a company formation?

You do not require a local director, neither yourself should be based in the for the process of a limited company formation here. Personal visit is not required for the new entity start-up process. A director and shareholder of the enterprise can be resident of any country in the world.

What personal data is required for the application for the UK company incorporation?

In the case, you provide your own director and shareholder for new British, Scottish or Irish private limited company start-ups; you will require providing their full names, nationalities, dates of birth, residential addresses. If a corporate stockholder to be appointing, the name and the location of the enterprise, as well as the name of the legal representative will need to be provided.

What data will appear on the public register?

The facts about director, shareholder, a secretary (if appointed), and the person of significant control will be accessible from the open to public records of the government website. The date of birth will appear in a month and year format only. If not opted for the service address, the personal address will also be visible from open public records. With us, you can apply for the service address for behalf of your entity' officers.

In how many companies can one person be appointed as the director and shareholder?

There are no restrictions on the number of organisations where the person can be appointed for the position of the director/secretary/shareholder. This applies for private, public and non-for profit organisations. You can create as many entities as you need.

Am I allowed to create a several private companies?

Absolutely, you may create several corporations or as many as you is required for the purpose of your activities. The same applies for private corporations, non-for-profit entities, LLPs and limited partnerships. There are no restrictions on the number of the appointments.

Can I use my current website or domain name as a part of the corporate official office address?

If you have a website or a domain name, which you would like to use for your firm, we can submit it details as a part of your registered address with the Companies House. If you do not have a domain name yet, you can place an order with us, and we will buy a domain name for your firm behalf and complete it details as the part of your domiciled office location. Your customers and clients can do a simple name check of your firm with Companies House and see details of the website, which belongs to your organisation.

Should I order a seal?

Although there is no legal requirement for your enterprise to have a seal, there may be circumstances when a legal stamp is required. Although many contracts require only a signature, possibly witnessed, some require the authority of the attachment of the seal to the document.

Generally, any contract which must be evidenced by a deed will require the attachment of the legal seal (or, because Companies Act allows LLCs to dispense with the use of their seal, by being signed "as a Deed" by two directors or a director and the secretary, or, by a director and a witness).

Should I order the guaranteed same-day formations service?

This service guarantees that your British, Scottish, Welsh or Irish firm will be established on the same day that your order and payment are received. In order for you to use this service, you must place your order before 1:30 p.m. (London time) on a working day, and your order must not contain any errors or omissions.

Same-day enterprise incorporation service based on Companies House's normal working hours. We cannot be responsible for delays caused due to the rejection of the application by the Registrar for any reason whatsoever.

Online company start-up application

Online company start-up application

How complex is the order form?

The UK LTD company formation application is extremely simple, and should not take more than a few minutes to complete. If you need any assistance in filling out the application, please call us.

How would I select a name for my private company?

Choosing the name for your venture is the most difficult process. Once you settled on few options, you can use our name verification device to check whether it is available or it is being utilized by another organisation. If the corporate name is free, it can be used for a private company registration.

Can I forming a company with the name that already exists?

Unfortunately, if the name already exists on the index, the Companies House will not allow setting up of another legal entity with the same or too similar name. Make sure that you check the name for its availability before applying for a new limited company set-up.

What offices do I need to nominate for a private LTD company registration?

For a new limited company set-up, you would require to nominate at least one director and one member. If minimum appointment requirements not met, the new entity submission will not be permit. Please bear in mind that same person can be appointed for the position of director/shareholder of an enterprise. Sole director/shareholder entity can be established.

Is issue of the shares required at the time of the company established?

At the time of the LLC start up, the shareholders must subscribe to a minimum of one share each. Each issued share represents the current percentage of the ownership and control of the firm, and entitlement for the participation in the distribution of the trading profit of the enterprise at the end of the financial year.

What is the standard share capital upon the formation of my company?

The standard share capital upon a new LTD company registration is usually at least £1.00, but can be far greater to take account of the number of stockholders and their individual control of the businesses. If you choose the standard share capital option, we shall proceed on the basis that there is only one class of ordinary shares of £1.00 and they are to be fully paid up.

Can a corporation be opened with non-standard share capital?

An enterprise can be opened with the share capital that is greater than the amount it needs as initial working capital. When applying for the alternative share capital at the time of your business establishment, please make sure that the value per share is not less than £1.00. If you wish to have a value per share less than £1.00 (for example 10p. or 1p.) a paper forms submission will be required and additional charge will apply.

Can I issue different types of shares upon a standard company registration?

With the standard company registration option, you can issue only one type of shares. However, during the completing the application, you can request to create and issue different types of shares upon a new private LTD company registration in the Great Britain.

What about your tailor-made version of the memorandum and articles of association?

Coddan' drafted special memorandum and articles of association, which can be used not only in the UK; our version of the memorandum and articles of association will be very useful and accepted in other overseas countries. We do not use the standard model of the memorandum and articles as most of others registered agents. Our version of the memorandum and articles of association is very widely drawn, and is suitable for most types of legal activities.

May I register a new enterprise with the non-standard memorandum and articles of association?

If you want to have specifically drafted objects and clauses included in the memorandum and articles of association of your entity, simply send them to us, and we will include them into your constitutional documents. If you request a non-standard memorandum and articles of association, the registration of your firm will be delay by between 24 and 48 hours. Please do not request a guaranteed same day company start-up if you also require a non-standard memorandum and articles of association.

May I use my own memorandum and articles of association upon a new company formation?

We can set-up your organisation using your own memorandum and articles of association. All you need is to complete application order, and then e-mail us your own version of the memorandum and articles of association that you want to open your entity with. The added administration will slow the creation of your firm, so please do not request the guaranteed same-day start-up if you are supplying your own memorandum and articles of association.

Do I need to supply the data of the person with significant control?

Due to recent changes in legislation, it is mandatory for a company to provide the data about the person of significant control and level of control at registration. Dormant companies do not need to file report about the person with the significant control. To read more about the nature of non-trading companies, please check here. If you do not want to be name as the PSC, check our fourth private company registrations for worldwide patrons. If you do not wish to establish a "dormant" organisation, please get in touch with us by phone or email. Dormant LLPs and private companies do not need to file records about the person with the significant control.

After a company registration

After a company registration

When will I be able to get the company incorporation number?

Instantaneously. From the moment that you receive confirmation that your enterprise set-up has been approving, you will get the certificate with your enterprise number. It frequently takes about 1-4 hours.

When my enterprise will be ready to start trading?

Instantly. You may begin trading from the moment when your English, Scottish, Walsh, and Northern Irish enterprise assigned the incorporated number by the Companies Office. The complete new enterprise establishment process takes between 1 to 8 hours – depending on the type of your application and workload of the Registry.

Do I need to notify any official body that I registered an organisation?

No, this will not be necessary. The Registrar of Companies will notify the HMRC about your British, Scottish and Irish company start-ups. The tax office will in turn send you the letter with your unique tax reference number (UTR) and other summary explains your duties as a director.

What compliance requirements the company must satisfy with each year?

Each year on the anniversary of your limited company's formation, you require to submit annual return (now called a confirmation statement). Within 9 month after the end of your financial year, the annual accounts and tax return will be due for filing as well.

How much does it cost to submit the annual reports?

Official Companies Office only charges for the filing of the confirmation statement, current fee is £13, other filings such as annual accounts, changes in the details of the directors/secretaries, registered office location are processed free of charge when filed through the Government Office. Should you require assistance from an accountant with the preparation of your annual accounts and return, the cost is variable according to the workload and complexity of your return.

What should I do, if I no longer need the company?

Once an application for the submission has reached Companies House, it cannot be withdrawn or recalled. If you decided to stop the corporation start-up process before questionnaire is submitted to the Government, you can cancel it. However, if the enterprise was established, but no longer needed, an application for a voluntary struck off will need to be made to the Secretary of State or via ourselves. Additional charges applies to dissolve your enterprise.

Important data about the tax office

Within a week or two from your LTD company's creation, the HMRC will send you a welcome letter, which will contain your Unique Tax Reference (UTR). The letter will explain your new obligations and further steps required to complete submission of your entity for the corporation duties.

Important details about the corporation tax

All registered businesses must apply for the corporation duties once it has started trading. The corporation tax submission needs to be done through the HMRC, and all limited entities are legally required to be applied for the corporate tax within three months of trading. Once created, the enterprise will be required to file its tax returns and pay the corporation obligation due on profits generated.

Important data about the UTR number

The unique tax reference number, also known as the UTR number is issued by the HMRC automatically to all businesses, once, the Secretary of State confirms its incorporation. The UTR is used to identify your entity at the HMRC when filing tax returns or registering for their online services. The UTR is issued within two weeks of forming a new enterprise, and is sent to the domiciled office address of the entity.

Important data about the CIS scheme

Construction industry scheme, also known as the CIS scheme designed for businesses and sole traders who work for a contractor, whereby under the scheme the contractors are required to deduct 20% of your payment and pass it on to the HMRC. You can apply for the scheme through the HMRC using your corporate name, national insurance number and the UTR number.

I am not UK resident; can I open bank account in United Kingdom?

Our free bank referral option designed only for UK customers, and this opportunity is not available for international consumers. If you are not UK resident, do not do business in the Great Britain, - you have zero chance to open an account here. Local banks do not open accounts for enterprises, LLPs and LPs, which owned and managed by non-British residents. For overseas clients we can offer banking accounts introduction with the various banks in EU, Switzerland or offshore. We can help with the local bank accounts only for our 4th package which especially prepared for the international consumers.

Important facts

Important facts

Why should I use the registered agent?

Many people know that they can register a new company with Companies House directly, but not many know about the potential disadvantages they face when working with the government business registrar. The main problem is that you set-up a new limited company with model articles, which does not suite small and mid-size businesses.

When you establish a new corporation limited by shares, you will get only the certificate of incorporation and model articles, but you cannot obtain any further legal required documentation. All directors need to be aware that they are obligated to keep at least nine different registers, including a book of the persons with significant control. Acting as business formation expert for years, we want to assure you, that with us, you will get tailor-made articles of association, all registers that are required by law and the shares certificates, which are also required as per the Companies Act.

What is the main inconvenience when using model articles?

Did you know that the model articles do not obtain any information about who is/are the shareholder/s? The model articles do not have any information about the share capital, how many shares entity issued, how and between whom the shares were distributed. When you would like to open a corporate account, the bank needs to know your structure, how will you be able to confirm who are the shareholders, and confirm any details of the capital structure, if such information does not exist within your model articles? In addition, with the model articles, you cannot open a company with alternative share capital and you can register your organisation with only one type of shares, so it is worth looking into tailor-made options such as ours to avoid such situations in the near future.

Why the model articles do not suite a small business?

Decades ago, most people incorporated their entities by using solicitors or accountants who gave proper advice before set-up a new organisation. How many people are reading the constitutional documents these days? Now, anyone can establish a new firm online and they do not think it necessary to take advice from anybody, and this creates many problematic issues. Everyone knows that they can establish a sole director company, but how many know that based on the model articles your company limited by shares must have two directors for the quorum? If two directors are required, that illuminates the possibility to run a business as a sole director.

Why model articles do not suite a sole director?

There many entities, which are running, by sole directors, who are managing their firms alone, without the former legally required secretaries. Such directors are now executing documents, signing contracts, etc. However, the question rose of how many people are aware that two different signatories are in fact required when executing documents on a company's behalf? All-important director's decisions must be adopted during the directors meeting, and for the quorum, you must have two directors. If the director has direct or indirect interests in any particular transaction, then the director is unable to vote during the meeting.

What is corporate governance?

Many people are choosing to form a private company limited by shares, because this structure gives them the limited liability protection. This is true, shareholders liabilities are limited, but the directors can be personally liable for their actions. Directors must act in accordance with the corporate governance, which describe the duties, responsibilities and obligations. In legal terms, the director and shareholder are two separate bodies, if you are acting as the sole director and sole shareholder, your duties and liabilities are different for each body. Can you get such advice about this matter from the Companies House phone line? Unfortunately, not.

Is it enough to have only the certificate of incorporation and articles?

The short answer is no. The certificate of incorporation is like the birth certificate and the articles are the constitution of your entity. Your stockholders must receive the certificates of shares, and nine different registers must be kept at your registered address, including your financial records, such as annual accounts, VAT returns and the copies of your invoices at all times. You cannot obtain these required legal documents from Companies House, but you can get them by using one of our packages.

Should a director signature be attested and verified by someone else?

Yes, based on the model articles, two signatures are always required - from two directors, a director and a secretary or a director and the witness. Your organisation can adopt the common seal by a special director's resolution to avoid the necessity of having to sign documents by two people from your side. Sole directors can attest his or her signature by a common seal.

Why the company formation form includes the appointment of a secretary?

Many people know that the appointment of a secretary is not required and only one person can register a new company. You know that you do not need a secretary, but are you aware that in his or her absence, secretarial responsibility laid on the director? Do you know that the company must keep all notices of meetings, members' resolutions and minutes of all proceedings? Do you, as a director alone, have enough knowledge base about corporate law? The key role of a secretary is in the identification of governance issues, and the application of governance rules and principles in practice. Comparison of the governance role of the secretary and the role of the company lawyer.


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