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UK holding company registration from £52.00, holding company formation in 1 hour with London based registered agent!

UK holding company registration for British and overseas customers with Coddan: a British holding company is a company formation to own shares in and oversee the management of multiple other companies. New tax breaks for holding companies existing for shareholding purposes make the United Kingdom a very attractive place to register your holding company. To set-up a holding company, you need to find a suitable company name (that will be acceptable to Companies House and doesn't clash with any existing companies), establish a registered office address in the UK, nominate at least one company officer, (who does not need to be British or based in the UK) and issue at least one share. Holding company officers and shareholders may be individuals (who don't require any formal training or qualifications) or corporate bodies (other companies or partnerships).

Take advantage of our years of experience in holding company incorporation by letting us advise on your company name, draft your memorandum and articles of association for holding companies, and deal with Companies House to make sure you get their most efficient UK holding company establishment service without unnecessary delays. Take a look today at our range of options for holding company registration. We're confident we offer a package that's exactly what you need. To discuss your specific holding company formation requirements with one of our expert team, simply call +44 (0) 330.808.0089 or +44 (0) 207.935.5171.

Registration of a holding company for British residents




This UK holding company formation with Barclays, RBS, Lloyds or NatWest business bank account is for clients, who have an address in the UK, & want to keep it simple, paper free, no hassle or gimmicks.

The following documents will be sending via e-mail upon the formation of a UK holding company:

    • The certificate of incorporation;
    • The Coddan tailor-made memorandum & articles of association;
    • The free referral to RBS, Lloyds, NatWest or Barclays corporate bank account.



This holding company registration with guaranteed bank account is for people who already have a registered address in United Kingdom & require the holding company incorporation plus extra documentation provided by e-mail & by post.

This holding company establishment offer includes all services mentioned in the first option, plus:

  • The meeting of the board of directors;
  • Share certificates & company' registers;
  • The laminated certificate of incorporation (free delivery by post).



This offer is for customers who want all the traditional trappings of British holding company registration with impressive bound documents.

This offer includes all holding company registration benefits mentioned in the first & the second options, plus free delivery of:

  • One set of the memorandum and articles of association with a company's registers printed & premium bound;
  • The first meeting of the board of directors, elegant printed shares certificates & of course, the official rubber stamp; & certificate of the beneficial owner.



This holding company registration in London package is especially for expatriates & UK residents, who are requiring registering a company with a registered office address in London.

This holding company registration offer includes all company setting up benefits & items mentioned in the first & the second options, with the addition of:

  • The registered office address in London;
  • The government mail forwarding;
  • The secretarial compliance service & the certificate of the registered office address.

Registration of a holding company for international clients




This holding company registration in the Great Britain package is especially for non-UK residents, who are requiring registering a company with a legal address in London.

The following items are included into this holding company start-up offer:

  • The certificate of incorporation, the memorandum & articles;
  • The company's registers, shares' certificates & meeting of the board of directors;
  • The registered office address;
  • The government mail forwarding & the secretarial compliance service.



This holding company registration is especially for non-UK residents, who are requiring registering a company with a business address in London & a nominee director.

This holding company formation offer includes everything in the first option, together with the advantages of:

  • The provision of a nominee director & the signed power of attorney;
  • The signed, undated resignation letter from a nominee director;
  • The agreement for the provision of the nominee directorship service.



This is one of the most popular holding company incorporation packages with nominee shareholder, as an additional option to the nominee director.

This holding company registration offer includes everything in the second option, plus the following enhancements:

  • The provision of a nominee shareholder service for one year;
  • The declaration of trust signed by a nominee shareholder;
  • The certificate of the confirmation of a beneficial owner. Bank account is available on request.



This is our most comprehensive holding company registration package with all documents verified by solicitor or notary public & certified by the apostilled stamp or apostille seal affixed.

This holding company registration includes everything in the third option, plus:

  • The certification of all corporate documents including a power of attorney by a solicitor or notary public & the final verification of all company' documents by an Apostille seal.
  • Coddan will supply corporate and attorney-in-law rubber stamps.

Holding company establishment: we can register a holding company in UK, Hong Kong, BVI, Seychelles

You will also need to draw up and file a specific memorandum of association registering your intentions and agree on your articles of association, which are your holding company's own internal rules and regulations. You will need to supply addresses for your limited company officers, and details of your shareholders.

Registering a holding company: all this paperwork can be time consuming, and Companies House can sometimes be slow to respond, particularly if you make your application by post. Every document must be presented on the correct form in the correct format or it could be rejected, delaying your private company registration even more. Coddan Formations Agency can help you to cut through all the red tape with a simple holding company start-up service which can be based on the details you supply, or even register a holding company using nominee director, we can provide to speed up the process. Whether you've already made all your key decisions, or prefer to leave them until after holding company incorporation, we can offer you a straightforward online service that could take just hours.

Benefits of incorporating a holding company in the United Kingdom

Registering UK Holding Company

A holding company usually exists to own stock (usually a controlling interest) in and to supervise the management of other companies. The Great Britain is an ideal location to establish a holding company because companies with substantial shares in other companies are now exempt from capital gains tax. Any new holding company needs to be registered at Companies House, which can be a time-consuming administrative process. Coddan Formations Agency will handle all this for you via a quick and easy online registration service. Whether or not you know who the company's executive officers are to be, we can have your new company registered within hours - all you'll need to do is to complete our order form. If you need an assistance with a holding company formation in the United Kingdom, or holding company start-up offshore, you can also speak to our business advisors between 9.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday by telephoning + (0) 207.935.5171 or + (0) 330.808.0089 (national rates).

Incorporate a holding company, uses for a holding company in business

UK Holding Company Registration

Coddan Formations Agency can arrange for holding companies to be set up, and there a number of reasons for this type of company registration - most of these relate to taxation, commercial and legal reasons. When considering the use of a holding company, it is important to seek advice from experts with more than 20 years of experience in this field, and Coddan makes the whole process straightforward through our website. We handle the completion and filing of the necessary documents with Companies House and HMRC, and this ensures that all of the formalities are completed legally and accurately.

From a taxation perspective, registering a holding company allows access to various forms of tax relief. There are many different ways to make a holding company tax efficient, and Coddan Formations Agency has access to highly-skilled accountants and advisors who will be able to make the most of your investment in the registration of a holding company.

In particular, this type of arrangement can benefit businesses that receive dividends from foreign subsidiaries, and there are other benefits for companies with international activities. The public conscious is very much focused upon corporate tax affairs at the moment, and Coddan can make sure that all arrangements comply with complex legislation.

Commercially, a holding company allows a business to have a correspondence address that is separate from their main operating premises. An inspection or similar type of visit to view paperwork can be disruptive in a busy working environment, and a holding company can have a distinct registered office address for the storage of records. A holding company can also deal with incoming communications in a pre-defined location.

When naming individuals that are in charge of a holding company, it may not be beneficial to name the true business owners in Companies House records. An element of the holding company registration process is that a nominee can be selected for legal reasons, while full control is retained by the real owner with legal documentation in place for this purpose. If the real owners of a commercial enterprise need to remain anonymous, a holding company start-up is a possible solution.

Holding companies and subsidiaries: if company A owns more than 40 per cent of the issued shares of company B, it is clear that A is B's holding company, and B is therefore a subsidiary of A. However, the definition of "subsidiary" and "holding company" in the Companies Act goes beyond that simple example and covers a number of other situations. B will be a subsidiary of A if: -

  • A holds a majority of voting rights in B: it's voting rights, not just shares, that are important
  • A is a shareholder of B and has the right to appoint or remove a majority of the directors
  • A is a shareholder of B and controls a majority of the voting rights in B as a result of an agreement it has with other shareholders

Other key points include: -

  • If C is a subsidiary of B, it also counts as a subsidiary of A
  • B will be a "wholly owned subsidiary" of A if its only shareholders are A, and A's other subsidiaries or nominees acting on A's behalf
  • Shares held in B on behalf of A are treated as being held by A
  • Shares held in a trust for others do not count: if B holds shares in A as the trustee of, say A's pension fund, it will not be treated as owning shares in A (generally, a subsidiary cannot hold shares in its own holding company)

A company with more than one trading activity has the choice of carrying on all its trades under the umbrella of one company, or splitting them between a numbers of trading subsidiaries. Its decision will probably depend on the factors below.

Risk mitigation – having a number of companies in the group, each with the benefits of limited liability, can be advantage. If one subsidiary gets into financial difficulties, there is nothing in law that obliges its parent to continue supporting it, unless it has guaranteed the subsidiary's liabilities or otherwise agreed to help.

Tax – as a general rule, whatever trading structure is used, the effect should be tax neutral, but there are numerous examples where some advantages or disadvantages, can arise from keeping separate activities in separate subsidiaries or, conversely, from lumping them together in one company. Some tax reliefs may depend on whether there is a 51 per cent or 75 per cent relationship with the group companies involved.

Administration – the more companies you have, the greater the administration burden the greater the cost and more paper is generated.

Complexity – there can also be a conflict between the way a court will look at a group of companies, and the everyday practicalities of running at a group: the court will see a number of distinct legal entities, each with its own legal rights and obligations; the executives running the group may view the lot as one business with reporting lines and managerial responsibilities crossing those legal boundaries. Superimposing a different management structure on an existing corporate group structure can cause problems if those boundaries are not respected.

In addition to its definitions of subsidiary and holding company, the Companies Act introduces definitions of "subsidiary undertaking", and "parent undertaking". These are wider definitions used in accounting and encompass not only ordinary subsidiaries and holding companies but also other situations where there is effective control and the accounts or two or more companies should be consolidated. They can also include entities other than companies – such as partnerships and unincorporated associations.

If you need an assistance with holding company registration, or subsidiary company formation, you can also speak to our business advisors between 9.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday by telephoning + (0) 207.935.5171 or + (0) 330.808.0089 (national rates).