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Company registration in the UK for an entrepreneur from Pakistan

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My wife and I have wanted to move to England for a long time. Thanks to her work, we succeeded. In the new place, I decided to organise online maths courses and officially register my business. The lawyers at Imperial&Legal helped me to solve this problem and now I can quietly go about my favourite business.

Farhad, 46 years old
An entrepreneur from Pakistan
Clients’ names and photos have been changed

Karima and Farhad are originally from Pakistan. They had been looking for a way to move to England for a long time. They were looking for a way to move to England when Karima got a position with a Pakistani-British firm based in London. She had done very well at home in Karachi, so the company offered her the opportunity to head one of its overseas departments.

Karima came to the UK on a work visa. Her husband Farhad received a dependent visa. The move did not significantly change his plans in his professional life. He taught higher mathematics and continued to do it online at the new place of residence. Mostly, his clients were future programmers who were not stingy to invest in their education, so Farhad felt quite confident and did not complex against the background of his wife with her good position.

In order to engage in his activities legally, he obtained the status of “self-employed” (the analogue of “individual entrepreneur”). At first, this suited him fine. But then Farhad got fed up with being just a tutor. He decided to organise online courses. In this way, he could work with students not individually, but cover a large number of students at once – for him this would mean higher earnings, and for his charges – lower prices. In addition, he planned to invite teachers from related disciplines to make the course even more useful and rich.

But of course, the status of a sole proprietor did not allow for such a large-scale development, so he came to us to help him organise his business correctly from the point of view of British law.

Our client

Farhad is a 46 year old Pakistani man. Resides in Britain on a dependency visa attached to his wife’s work visa.

The challenge

Solve registration and tax tasks for a new business.

The solution

We suggested that Farhad register a limited liability company (LTD). This would enable him to carry on full-fledged business in Britain. To do this, we checked the uniqueness of the name he had come up with, prepared standard articles of association and incorporation documents, applied for and received a certificate of incorporation. And after that we applied for registration of the trademark.

In addition, we helped to open a bank account, as it is not easy for a foreign entrepreneur to do this on his own. But our specialists know where to go to get the account opened without any problems.

We also provided Farhad with a correspondence address and secretarial services. The thing is, when registering a company, it is essential to have a real physical address in the UK, where letters from the tax office and other authorities will arrive. All of the above services were included in Imperial’s service package – this allowed the entrepreneur not to rent an office unless he needed it for his work.

We agreed that if he gets his own office in a year’s time, we will simply change the address at the Registration Office and renew the service contract for the services he will need.

In addition to the companys UK incorporation, an additional structure has been developed to ensure operations in the country to optimise the financial flows from these courses’ worldwide operations.

It was also necessary to be able to hire staff, as they were going to hire outside teachers. Farhad also wanted to hire a marketing specialist, an advertising specialist and several sales managers. Later, if things went well, he planned to create his own learning platform, for which he needed programmers. To make all this possible, the company had to be registered as a member of the PAYE scheme, which we did. In addition, our specialists helped to draw up legally sound contracts with employees and prepared contract templates for working with clients.

We asked whether Farhad was going to hire foreign workers or relocate someone from his native Pakistan to England. As it turned out, there were no such plans at the moment. But just in case, we explained that if the situation changed, we would need to make a sponsor’s licence. Then the company would be able to invite specialists from abroad.

Started a company in England and obtained work visas in a month and a half

14 March
Applying to Imperial & Legal
+3 day
Analysing the company's performance and scope of work
+1 week
Preparation and approval of documents
+2 days
Company registration in the UK
+2 weeks
Opening a bank account
+1 day
Preparing VAT and PAYE applications
+4 weeks
Company registration on VAT, PAYE, opening a bank account
28 April
Farhad started a company and set up bookkeeping in England


There are different organisational forms for starting a company in the UK. LTD (limited liability company) is the most popular of them. But there are cases when it is convenient to use a partnership or a sole proprietorship.

Imperial & Legal specialists will not only help you choose the most suitable option but will also solve all related bureaucratic issues so that you can fully immerse yourself in your business without wasting time and nerves on dealing with government agencies.

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