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Features of an establishment or branch office start-up in the UK

 
Registering a Branch Office

Features of an establishment or branch office start up in the UK: having a UK branch office is one way for a company to set up a business in the UK. It is usually found in the context of being a successful way to facilitate low cost projects. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the parent company remains responsible for the actions of the branch office. The two cannot be differentiated, so caution is advised in branch dealings.

For the branch registration to go ahead, certain documents will be needed. Firstly, this would be evidence of the existence of the actual parent company, along with:

  • The names of the directors
  • The share capital
  • The names of any representatives appointed
  • The registered address of the UK branch office
  • Certified copies of the applicable articles/statutes

e parenWhen it comes to considering the name for a branch office, it's worth knowing that it can have the same name as tht company - or a completely different one if that is what is preferred. But if a different name is selected, it must be understood that Part 41 Companies Act 2006 applies, which states that the rules laid out under the Act for business names must be adhered to.

Another important rule is that if the UK branch office is that of a non-resident company, then individuals or a company must be appointed to represent it. This is specifically for dealings with tax authorities, but it can have a number of other benefits. It must be mentioned at this point that multiple representatives can be held both jointly and severally liable. As far tax itself goes, UK branches remain permanent establishments of the parent companies and do not become a separate legal company from their parent one. This is very important to understand as tax mistakes can have severe repercussions.

If necessary, various documents will need to be translated so you should secure the services of a reputable translator. The documents requiring translation include:

  • The parent company's registration certificate
  • The company's articles of association
  • Names of the company's directors and secretaries