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Shareholders Agreement: Private Limited companies

There are many benefits of going into business with other people, for instance different people will bring different knowledge, contacts and skills to a venture, and others will contribute financially as investors.

In the UK, private limited companies are by far the most popular of trading entities used for such business ventures since these companies enable shareholders to enjoy the benefit of limited liability.

Company Registration

Since the Joint Stock Companies Act of 1844, the United Kingdom has enjoyed a system of company registration. Today, company registration is dealt with in law by the Companies Act 2006.

In the United Kingdom, there are more than two million limited companies registered at Companies House, and more than 300,000 new companies are incorporated each year.

Each company in the UK is given its own unique company number by Companies House.

Property, assets and money belonging to a company are not owned by its shareholders since a company has a separate legal entity and can own property, sue and be sued and enter into contract in its own name.