Business Administration in the U.K.

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Setting Up a Company

Legal Business Entities

Types of Companies and Capital (Max/Min) Number of Partners/Shareholders and Liability Registration Fees
Private Limited Company (Ltd)
 
 
No minimum. In practice, the minimum subscribed is GBP 100. Totality of the capital must be released.
Minimum 2 partners, except for single-member Private limited Company. Maximum 50 partners.
 
 
Liability is limited to the amount contributed.
Notary fees: GBP 140; Registration to the Companies House: GBP 30.
Public Limited Company (Plc)
 
 
Minimum GBP 50,000 totally subscribed, obligation to release 25% at the constitution.
Minimum 2.
 
 
Liability is limited to the amount contributed.
Notary fees: GBP 140; Registration to the Companies House: GBP 30.
Partnership
 
 
No minimum capital.
No minimum.
 
 
Partners' liability is joint and indefinite
Notary fees: GBP 140; Registration to the Companies House: GBP 30.
Limited Partnership
 
 
No minimum capital.
No minimum.
 
 
Liability is limited.
Notary fees: GBP 140; Registration to the Companies House: GBP 30.
Unlimited Company
 
 
No minimum capital.
No minimum.
 
 
Partners' liability is joint and several
Notary fees: GBP 140; Registration to the Companies House: GBP 30.
 
Business Setup Procedures
Status consist of a "Memorandum of Association" and "Articles of Association". Status and capital must be registered with the "Companies Registration Office" where the company is located, which approves the company's registered name and delivers a certificate of compliance. The Companies Registration Office delivers a registration number and a certificate of registration. Once these documents are provided, the company is legally constituted and can start its activity. These procedures take about 6 weeks. As for branches, procedures are shorter since they are limited to an activity declaration with the Register of companies, within one month after the activity starts.
The Competent Organization
Companies House
Search a Company or a Financial Report
Companies House website

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
48 hours
Retirement Age
60 for women and 65 for men.
Working Contracts
Legal clauses regulate employment contracts and to a lesser degree collective agreements and individual negotiations.

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Cost of Labor

Minimum Wage
EUR 1,105
Average Wage
Average weekly gross earnings was GBP 457 (EUR 534) in 2007.
Social contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: 12.8%
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: 11%

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
The following confederations can be listed : TUC ( TRADE UNION CONGRESS), Amicus, STUC ( THE SCOTTISH TRADE UNION CONGRESS) and Wales TUC.
Unions
TUC
STUC
Wales TUC
Amicus.
Unionization Rate
26 %
Labor Regulation Bodies
Department for Work and Pensions

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