Setting up in the UK

SETTING UP A COMPANY IN THE UK

The UK remains one of the most attractive destinations for overseas companies looking to access the European market.

Advantages typically include simple set-up, common language, flexible employment laws, readily-accessible work force, low corporation tax rates, as well as the most comprehensive set of tax treaties across the globe. This means when you trade between the UK and other countries internationally, the tax position can typically be determined by reference to an established treaty.

With offices based in central London, Heathrow and across the South East – Menzies are ideally situated to support you.


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Setting up a business in the UK Checklist

Project management checklistWhilst every situation is unique, our experience has led us to create a simple checklist that outlines the key areas business owners should be covering when setting up a business in the UK including:

– UK entity formation.
– Opening bank accounts.
– Insurance considerations regarding employing staff and trading.
– Employing staff, preparing handbooks and employment contracts.
– International taxation advice, including cross-border trading and transfer pricing.
– Pension advice and consideration of employee benefits.
– Tax planning and compliance relating to individuals seconded to the UK.
– VAT and PAYE registration.
– Outsourced accounting and full back-office administration services.
– Operation of payroll services.
– VAT and Intrastat compliance.
– Preparing statutory financial statements and audit.
– Corporate tax compliance.

Read our FAQs on setting up a UK company

Download our essential checklist for setting up in the UK.

Download our guide to setting up in the UK.


Hear what our clients have to say

“Menzies have been an incredible partner for us as we’ve moved from the US into the UK. They’ve helped us navigate a new business climate, displaying exceptional local expertise, while also responding quickly and pragmatically to the growing requirements of a tech company. By plugging us into their network of contacts, our entry has been significantly easier than it would have been without them.”

Wiredscore UK Limited

If you are seeking to expand into the UK, please contact Menzies Partner Andrew Mosby at amosby@menzies.co.uk or call +44 (0)1784 497100 and we would be delighted to help you with your UK business expansion venture.

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ESSENTIALS

  • The Menzies People Solutions team has supported us since 2016, following a change of ownership. Since then we have made many changes to improve efficiency and adapt to changing market conditions, new opportunities and technologies. The drive for change inevitably involves both planned an unforeseen events when it comes to our staff and Menzies has been an invaluable source of support throughout. In particular I would highlight the ease of access to experienced advisors who have got to know our business, the speed of response, the quality of the advice which is balanced and commercial, together with the documentation we have needed for our ongoing HR issues such as contracts, handbooks and the correspondence required when handling difficult staffing issues.
    Jon Upton – Finance Director

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    Jon Upton – Finance Director, Mollart Engineering Ltd July 5, 2018

  • Menzies FD and People Solutions teams delivered leadership development for us at Semmco. As part of this we found the full day’s workshop with Menzies engaging and useful for all the team, essentially resulting in an agreed and constructive action plan that will help deliver our 3-5 year business plan. Graham asked pointed questions and challenged us on our responses, prompting honest feedback and cementing future actions.

    From all of the Semmco leadership team, many thanks for your invaluable insight which has definitely set us on the right track for our business.
    Stuart McOnie – General Manager

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    Stuart McOnie, Semmco July 5, 2018

  • “Menzies have been an incredible partner for us as we’ve moved from the US into the UK. They’ve helped us navigate a new business climate, displaying exceptional local expertise, while also responding quickly and pragmatically to the growing requirements of a tech company. By plugging us into their network of contacts, our entry has been significantly easier than it would have been without them.”

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    Wiredscore UK Limited, Wiredscore UK Limited June 18, 2018

  • “Menzies provided, audit, tax and company secretarial services to SFW. Their work was always to a  very high standard and we found them easy to work with. When we sold the business Menzies provided significant help during due diligence and completion activities. They were highly responsive, particularly, when we had last minute requests for assistance and were thoroughly professional. I have no hesitation in recommending them.”
    Steve Elliott – SFW Ltd Director

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    SFW Ltd, SFW Ltd August 17, 2016

  • “We Menzies over the past year and we continue to be impressed with their knowledge, efficiency and the high calibre of support they provide. The Menzies team look after our year end accounts in a timely and efficient manner, and continue to provide proactive advice in many areas of our business, from keeping track of our product margins and fixed costs to providing us with beneficial forecasting advice. We are also liaising with other teams within Menzies, for example they are assisting us with crowdfunding options and have advised us on building a strong business plan.”

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    Luxury British Brand, A luxury British Brand August 17, 2016

  • “Throughout our many years of working with Menzies, we have always found them to be professional in all aspects of their work. The team currently deal with our UK trading company and the holding companies which includes acting as the group auditors for a large international group. Their historical knowledge of our company and operations is highly important to us especially as we have a fairly complicated group structure. The team are reliable, friendly and organised in their approach.

    We would have no hesitation in recommending Menzies to any other company.”

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    Crabtree & Evelyn, Crabtree & Evelyn August 17, 2016

  • “Menzies LLP have acted as our auditor and advisors for a number of years. The company has a holistic range of services to offer, from the compliance aspects of our business and consultancy services which are undertaken by specialist teams. The firm have recently undertaken a business valuation for a successful acquisition of an overseas subsidiary that our group acquired as it continues to grow and branches out into the overseas markets. We have found Menzies to be reliable, honest advisors and would not hesitate to recommend them.”

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    Contechs Holdings Limited, Contechs Holdings Limited August 17, 2016

  • “We have known Menzies for a very long time. The firm acts as our auditors and advisors for the company and our family’s own personal matters. The team fully understand our affairs and come up with pro-active solutions that are in our best interest and tax efficient for the business and family. We also utilise the services of Menzies Wealth Management so the teams work closely together to ensure our affairs dove tail in their advice. The team are trustworthy and reliable and we would not hesitate to recommend them for your personal or company affairs.”

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    Down Street Electrics Limited, Down Street Electrics Limited August 17, 2016

  • “We have been working with Menzies for a number of years on compliance and advisory matters. The team are approachable and proactive, offering constructive and helpful support, Menzies have over the years during the development of our business consistently met our needs. The team work well to ensure that we achieve our internal deadlines and communicate with us along the way. We would happily recommend Menzies to others.”
    David Moss, Head of Finance – Emmi (UK) Limited

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    Emmi (UK) Limited, Emmi (UK) Limited August 17, 2016

  • “We are a very long standing client of Menzies and they deal with all our financial requirements from day to day bookkeeping through to higher level advisory support.  They are always courteous, professional and considered – and relevant to our sector – providing us with solutions that are prompt and accurate and help us to run the business as efficiently as possible.  We would have no hesitation in recommending their services.”
    Takashi Kamimura – Mary Quant Limited

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    Mary Quant Limited, Mary Quant Limited August 17, 2016

  • “What really pleases me is that I’m now, for the first time, proud of my business, seeing it grow and spending less time at work! I’m learning how to have fun and relax again. My hard work is starting to pay off, thanks to Menzies”

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    FTI, FTI May 25, 2016