A public limited company (‘PLC’) is now defined as a company limited by shares (or limited by guarantee and having a share capital):

  1. Whose certificate of incorporation states that it is a public company and
  2. which has been registered or re-registered as a public company on or after 22 December 1980.

The main features of a public limited company are:

  • the name must end with the words public limited company or PLC
  • the allotted share capital must have a nominal value of not less that the ‘authorised minimum’ which is presently £50,000 or the euro equivalent
  • the allotted share capital must be at least 25% paid up as to nominal value and be at least 100% paid up as to any share premium
  • they are subject to stringent rules to ensure that full value is given for allotted shares
  • their shares can be offered to the public
  • the Company Secretary must be a qualified person i.e. a Chartered Secretary, Chartered or Certified Accountant, Solicitor of such other qualified person

The statutory package for a Public Liability Company includes:

  • Original Certificate of Incorporation
  • 4 bound copies of the Articles of Association
  • Draft minutes of the first board meeting
  • Statutory Books
  • Pre – printed share certificates
  • Stock transfer forms if applicable

M&N Group can draft bespoke articles to suit any specific needs.

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Lubbock Fine, Chartered Accountants
I have known Karen for over 20 years. Throughout the period she and her team have provided excellent service in company formations, secretarial services and advice on other statutory requirements and it has been an absolute pleasure working with them.
Senior Manager