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I t is always useful to have physical official documents on anything. You might want to frame your certificate of incorporation for posterity, and if you ever require proof of incorporation or need it for legal purposes, it is great to have printed copies at hand.

It includes the following:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • 5 sets of Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Share Certificates
  • Initial Entries to the Statutory Registers

Below is a breakdown of each individual component.

Certificate of Incorporation

This is a confirmation that your business has been registered with Companies House and is a legal entity. It includes your registered company name, company registration number, date of registration, company structure and several other pieces of legal information.

Memorandum & Articles of Association

These are a legal requirement when you register a limited company in the UK. The articles of association provide rules on how you run the company – including rights, duties and liability of members, and distribution of profits. The Memorandum is a document that states each member's name (shareholders or guarantors) at the time the company is registered. It is a historical document that cannot be changed regardless of whether new members join or old members leave.

Share certificates

A share certificate is proof that the shareholders are the owner of the shares specified in the certificate. Every shareholder must be issued with a certificate; it is evidence of their shareholding. Because of this the certificate must be issued within two months of the shareholder acquiring the shares.

Initial Entries to the Statutory Registers

Every company is required to keep registers of their directors, secretaries, members, PSCs and director's residential addresses. To aid in fulfilling this obligation we will prepare the registers as they stand on the day of incorporation. You should update with any subsequent changes.