How to register a partnership

For entrepreneurs, going into a partnership takes the loneliness out of starting a new business and gives you someone to bounce your ideas off, as well as emotional support when things aren't going smoothly.

  • Types of partner
  • Registering a partnership
  • Deeds of partnership

Types of partner

While generally, all the partners will take part in the day-to-day running of the business and get an equal share of its profits, there are two other types of partner. Sleeping, or dormant partners invest money but don't help to run the business - even though they are still liable for its debts. Companies can also be partners in a business, with the same responsibilities but different obligations when it comes to tax.

  • General partners take equal part in running the business
  • Dormant partners invest, but don't help to run the business
  • Other businesses can be partners, but will have extra obligations

Registering a partnership

To register a partnership, you will need to fill in a Memorandum and Articles of Association which you can obtain from a law stationers or a company formation agent. You can then register a partnership either by downloading or sending off for the relevant forms from Companies House, or by seeking advice from a solicitor, accountant or formation company. In the case of partnerships, seeking legal advice is wise.

  • Obtain a Memorandum and Articles of Association from a law stationer or company formation agent
  • You can register by downloading or sending off for the relevant forms
  • Seek guidance from a solicitor or accountant

Deeds of partnership

When you are starting a partnership, it's important to draw up a contract which outlines who is liable for what, should the business go under, and what steps the business will take if one partner wants to leave. It is highly advisable to seek guidance from a solicitor, who will be able to make sure the contract is water tight.

  • Set out how much each partner is liable for
  • Outline the steps the business will take if one partner wishes to leave
  • Seek guidance from a solicitor

You can set up a partership with Smarta - we offer a company registration service powered by the National Business Register.  You can search for available names then register a business name, or set up a company and/or register a trademark with us. You will receive a professional binder with all your official documents via post within 3 days.

Go to our company registration tool here: Company registration tool

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