Business structures

Understand the different business types

Learn about the different types of business and legal structures to help you choose the right one for your new business

Choose the right business model and legal structure

Tutorials, videos and tools to help you decide how to become self-employed - from sole trader to limited company, franchisee to social enterprise and more

Register with Companies House

Tutorials to guide you through registering your limited company with Companies House

Incorporate your company online

Incorporate your company online as a private company, limited by shares, with model articles of association

Legal structures: the basics

Company, partnership or sole trader - find the right structure for your new business

Set up and register as self-employed

How to meet your legal and tax responsibilities

Set up and register a partnership

The legal steps you have to take to form a partnership, including guidance about deeds of partnership

Set up and register a limited partnership

What a limited partnership is, the benefits of setting one up, and how to register and dissolve it

Set up and register a limited liability partnership (LLP)

The legal steps you need to take to form an LLP, including links to Companies House guidance

Set up and register a limited company (private or public)

The legal steps you need to take for company formation, with links to the relevant registration forms

Set up a social enterprise

The various types of social enterprise and how you can set one up, with links to forms and further information