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Whether your limited company is already formed or you are just getting started, you will need to be aware of the basics:


These are the owners of the limited company, they are entitled to a share of any distributions made from the company’s profit and to a share of any residual assets on winding up the company. You may also find our page extracting money from a limited company helpful.


These are the people who are appointed by the shareholders to take care of the day-to-day running of the company.

Registered Office

This is the legal address of the company. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the company is a separate legal entity from those that own/manage it. In the case of most private companies, the shareholders and directors will be the same people.

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Bank Account

One of the first things to do after the company has been formed is to open a bank account as this will be needed in order to receive money from trading. There are numerous banks that are all keen to open an account for you; however we don’t think that you’ll find a better option than our recommended bank, Metro Bank.

Metro Bank provides many benefits to Nixon William Clients. For more information on banking, you may find our Guide to setting up your business bank account useful.

Register for Taxes

There are three main taxes which you will need to ensure that the company is registered for: PAYE; VAT and Corporation Tax. In addition to this, any directors or shareholders (where dividend income stands to exceed £10,000) will need to register for a self-assessment tax return. PAYE and VAT registrations can be completed online via HMRC’s website immediately. For more information please visit our Contractor Tax page.

Business Insurance

There are three types of insurance that new businesses generally need to consider:

  • Public Liability
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Employers Liability

For further information on the types of insurances recommended for contractors please visit our Insurance for Contractors page. If you already know what kind of business insurance you need, you can visit the Nixon Williams client page on the Hiscox website.

Appoint an Accountant

It is important to appoint an accountant in the early stages of running a company, the knowledge and advice offered by an experienced accountant can be invaluable in guiding you through the compliance issues involved in running a company.

For more information on starting up as contractor, please contact a member of our new business team on telephone number: 01253 362062 or email us on newbusiness@nixonwilliams.com.