A limited company is the most preferred business form when it comes to profit-oriented organizations. Registering a company creates some benefits that are absent in other forms. Besides a company, other forms of business organisation include sole proprietorship, partnership, corporations, and cooperatives.
Documents required for limited company registration in Kenya 2021
- At least 3 Name suggestions or proposals for the company name.
- Passport photos and ID copies of Director(s).
- Directors’ Postal address, Email, Phone numbers and Residential addresses
- Office Address for the company
We Register Limited Companies in 3 Days
On registration, we deliver the following:
- Registration certificate
- Articles and Memos
- CR 12, CR1, CR2, CR8,
- KRA Pin cert for company
- KRA Tax Compliance Cert
- Beneficial Ownership Information(BOF Form)
- AGPO certificate (optional)
Cost of Registering a Company in Kenya
Consultants charge varying prices for the registration of limited companies. The charges are influenced by two main factors which are government charges and the consultancy fee. Government charges are around Kenya shillings eleven thousand (Ksh11, 000). Preparing the documentations and facilitation vary from six thousand and seventeen thousand depending on some factors beyond control. Sometimes the registration encounters hindrances which require follow ups that increase the costs. On average the total cost of registering a company is Kenya shillings twenty thousand (Ksh 20,000)
Benefits of registering a company over sole-proprietorship and partnership
Most entrepreneurs are confronted with choosing between registering a limited company, a partnership, or a sole proprietorship. The following are advantages of registering a limited company over a sole proprietorship and a partnership.
- Limited liability– the liability of company shareholders is limited which implies that their assets cannot be sold to pay liabilities incurred by the company. However, the corporate veil that protects shareholders can be pierced in case they engage in fraudulent activities. In such a case, the concerned directors are personally liable for liabilities arising from fraudulent transactions.
- Credibility- registering a company makes a business to appear more legitimate compared to sole proprietors and partnerships. It creates an impression that the business is bigger than its owners thus boosting external stakeholders’ confidence when transacting with the business.
- Access to credit– registering a company increases chances of securing financing. Financial institutions prefer advancing loans to companies as it is easy to ascertain the company’s worth and its ability to pay.
- Ownership flexibility– Changing a company’s ownership is easy as shares are easily transferred from one shareholder to the other. It is also easy to issue shares to a new member, which is used to admit strategic persons and raise additional capital.
- Continuity– the life of a company is not pegged on the shareholders. An exit of a shareholder does not terminate a company, as is the case in partnerships and sole proprietorships.
- Professionalism in management– registering a company improves management as a company is governed by directors who are agents of the shareholders. The responsibility of ensuring the business is run well, therefore, lies with the directors. As a result, a reliable accountability mechanism is put in place to ensure persons in charge of performing specific tasks do not fail.