Advice and accounting services to help overseas companies set up operations in the UK.

Setting up overseas can be a challenging process. The UK has many specific compliance obligations and reporting requirements in terms of taxation and company law. It is therefore important to understand your reasons for pursuing a UK subsidiary. Which of the following is relevant to you?

  • Setting up a branch/sales office to provide support services to your UK based customers and clients
  • Appointing an agent, distributor or franchisee
  • Acquiring an existing company in the UK
  • Ring fencing your UK sales and operations from the established business for liability purposes
  • Incentivising UK based employees with shares in a UK company but not the main business
  • Establishing a UK operation for tax efficiency purposes 

Your reasons can then establish whether a UK subsidiary or just a branch is most suitable to your needs. In the case of a subsidiary this will also determine what kind of legal structure the company should take. The following is a guide of how Wellers can help you; however, you need to discuss your needs in more detail to really ascertain the best options available to you.

Company formation

  • Choosing the right legal entity for your needs and trading purposes
  • Drawing up the articles of association – a document that details the relationship between the shareholders and the company
  • Compliance with intrastate – the European Union (EU) system of collecting information from VAT registered traders

Accounting and business services

A fully outsourced accounting service that includes:

Company secretarial services

Helping you meet all compliance requirements including:

  • Maintenance of the companies statutory register
  • Board/shareholder meeting minutes and requirements
  • Compliance with the Companies Act 2006
  • All filings to Companies House

Legal requirements

Advice and assistance with legal matters such as:

  • Employment legislation
  • Anti-bribery rules
  • Data protection legislation
  • Money laundering
  • E-commerce legislation

Tax and VAT

  • Advice on the tax treatment of the subsidiary – tax residency in the UK or overseas
  • Advice on corporation tax, transfer pricing and income tax
  • Registration for VAT and advice on reduced rates and exceptions

We are also able to help you with:

Setting up in the UK

If you’re coming to the UK to set up a new operation or exploring the opportunities, contact us for more information.

Specialist Sectors

Specialist skills and sector knowledge to provide bespoke services that facilitate business growth.


Total confidence - I know that everything is being dealt with to the highest professional standards. Wellers make sure all documents and deadlines are dealt with. They inform me of changes that affect my business and make sure that everything is totally organised and efficient.

Jason Lloyd EvansEvstar Limited