Setting up in the UK

Where there’s change there’s opportunity. Our UK market-entry team have the deep knowledge and expertise to stay one step ahead as complex business conditions continue to shift.

From start-ups to multinationals, we help businesses of all sizes spot openings and make the most of them. Whether that’s by acquiring or merging with UK companies, or through expansion of existing operations.

Our language capabilities and knowledge of international markets mean we understand the challenges you’ll face when moving into the UK. And our international expansion specialists can help you make the most of the opportunities the UK has to offer.

What our clients say

“Moore Kingston Smith was an invaluable adviser in helping us set up in the UK. They provided expert advice on complex cross-border taxation issues and also provided support on local HR regulations and the tools to get set up well.”
Anthony Venus, CEO, Yaypay

A recommended firm

For many years we’ve worked closely with key trade and investment organisations in the UK to support our clients’ expansion plans.

We’re a recommended accounting firm on the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) UK Investment Support Directory for Inward Investors.

And we’re proud to be an official inward investment accounting partner with London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency.

Solutions tailored to your business

Whatever your challenges, we’re confident that we’ve got the knowledge and experience to help your business to thrive. To start the conversation, please get in touch with Darren Jordan.


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Lead Contact

Darren Jordan

+44 (0)1727 896020
Email: Darren Jordan

Setting up in the UK timeline

Setting up in the UK timeline

Setting up the company – branch or subsidiary?

  • Incorporate UK entity
  • Decide on registered office address
  • Appoint directors
  • Issue shares
  • Align accounting reference date
  • Consider global mobility requirements

Banking – do you require a UK business bank account?

  • Begin process to open UK business bank account

Employees – will you have UK employees?

  • Register PAYE
  • Obtain employees liability insurance
  • Set up work place pension scheme
  • Draft master contract of employment
  • Draft staff handbook
  • Tax reliefs for seconded employees

VAT – do you need a VAT number?

  • Apply for VAT

Monthly reporting requirements

  • Payroll and pension

Quarterly reporting requirements

  • VAT returns

Annual reporting requirements

  • Statutory account
  • Corporation tax return
  • Confirmation statement

Lead Contact

Darren Jordan

+44 (0)1727 896020
Email: Darren Jordan

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