A public limited company (plc) must have:
The secretary must:
A company incorporated as a plc cannot conduct business or exercise borrowing powers unless it has obtained a trading certificate from Companies House, confirming that it has the minimum allotted share capital. To obtain a trading certificate for a plc, you must file form SH50. You can download form SH50 from the Companies House website (PDF, 717K).
It is an offence to trade without a trading certificate and the directors are liable, on conviction, to a fine. For information on share capital and trading certificates, see our guide on change of address, directors and more - what to report to Companies House.
Different rules apply if you intend to re-register from a private company limited by shares or a private unlimited company to a plc. You can read about re-registration on the Companies House website.
Please note the name of a public company must end with 'Public Limited Company', or 'plc' or, if it is registered in Wales, the Welsh equivalent.