How to Register a Partnership Business in the UK

Are you planning to start your own business? You might also have explored tons of small business ideas and have come up with something that interests you most. Rethink for a moment; starting alone can have limited opportunities, while starting something in partnership can help you find new heights that may not be possible alone.

A partnership in business expands new doors of opportunities with shared costs and responsibilities, however, you must also know that it also comes with a share in profit. However, in a partnership, you can do something really big and make huge profits so that even sharing won’t be an issue. So, if you are going to do a partnership business in

So, if you have an awesome business idea for UK market and you are going to do it as a partnership business in the UK, you must fulfill some legal requirements; this article will guide you through the complete requirements for setting up a partnership business in the UK as well as the procedures to meet those requirements.

Please, note that here we assume that you have already discussed the distribution of investment with your partners (and have it on paper) and so, this article will focus only on the registration and legal process.

Step 1- Identify the responsibilities:
Since all the partners share some responsibility for the business, you must have to clear the responsibilities on paper and get it duly signed by all the partners.
Step 2- Tax Deductions and Profit Sharing:
Profit can be shared between the partners and each partner can pay tax on their share of the profits and you must have this in writing.
Step 3- Nominations for the Representative:
One partner must be nominated to complete the registration and other required procedures. Both the nominated partner and individual partners will be responsible for:

  • Sending their personal Self Assessment tax return every year
  • Paying their Income Tax on their share of the partnership’s profits
  • Paying their National Insurance
  • Paying any losses if business happens to face so
  • Paying bills for the business – eg when they buy equipment, do marketing or extend an operation
  • The nominated partner must also send the partnership’s tax return.


Step 4- Name Your Business:
Naming process for a business partnership is almost same as of naming a sole trader business, however, here we have naming guidelines for a few business types:


Step 5- Register for Self Assessment:
This is a very much same process like one needs while registering a sole trade business in the UK. However, only nominated partner needs to undertake the whole process. Follow this link to register for partnership business self-assessment:
That’s all you need to do in order to register your partnership in the UK!