Guide on Company registration for non-UK residents

The registration procedure for non-UK residents is very much similar as for residents living in the UK. There are no restrictions on foreigners being a director, shareholder, or secretary.

There is no need to live in the UK for starting a company. However, the company must be registered with Companies House in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (depending on the location of the company).

Requirements for registering a UK Limited company:


Company Name: The name of the company should be unique and should not contain any prohibited words.

Director: Only one director is required for the company formation but there is no limit to the number of directors you can appoint. The age of every director should be 16 above.

Shareholder: Only one shareholder is required but there is no limit to the number of shareholders you can appoint.

Registered address: The address of the company must mandatorily be in the UK and will appear on the public register.

Directors service address: Each director, secretary and PSC must provide a service address for Companies House. This address can be located anywhere in the world but it will be on the public record.

Visit Set up a private limited company: Register your company – GOV.UK ( for complete step by step guide for setting up a company in United Kingdom.