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Information on company shares

company document filingShareholders in typical limited by shares companies often need advice on how to make changes to the company structure or how to issue dividends. SFS provide a range of guides for limited companies to help owners of small businesses.

Making adjustments to your company shares can be complicated and confusing. Re-structuring your company or simply recording the changes can seem like a paperwork nightmare. We are pleased to provide a range of articles with more information for owners of small businesses.

What are dividends and how do I issue a dividend?



A dividend is the distribution of the available profit in a UK company to the shareholders. In simple terms when the company has made a profit the directors of the company may choose to pay some of this profit to the company owners (the shareholders). It is essential that the company directors only pay a dividend when the company has sufficient profit to do so. When issuing a dividend accurate records must be kept. For more information visit the issuing a dividend section of our website.

Transferring shares


During the life of a company it may be necessary to transfer shares from one person to another. This can be done by completing a share transfer form often called a stock transfer form. This may also mean paying stamp duty to HMRC if a financial consideration has been paid for the transfer of the shares. You can read more on this on our transferring shares pages.

Issuing new shares


New shares can be issued in UK companies at any time, subject to the company’s memorandum and articles of association. This is done by completing for SH01 at Companies House. New shares can be issued to new or existing shareholders. You can even create different share classes. To discover more on this please read our issuing company shares section.

Updating companies house with new shareholder information


When new shares are issued or stocks are transferred the information is not instantly recorded at Companies House. The records are only updated when the company files the Confirmation Statement which has replaced the annual return. This is completed once a year normally near the company’s anniversary. If you need Companies House to accurately reflect the shareholding of the company then a new Confirmation statement needs to be filed. This can be submitted online in just a few minutes. Help can be found in our company document filing guides.

SFS are pleased to provide a range of guides and help pages. These are for information only and are not to be regarded as tax or accounting advice. If you need professional help filing any of your documents please get in touch with one of our advisors.