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Charitable Company Formation Checklist


This is a checklist of the key points that need to be considered when setting up a charitable company limited by guarantee (a “CCLBG”). 

This checklist is based on various requirements of Companies House and the Charity Commission, but it goes further and considers other issues such as preliminary issues to be considered before deciding to set up a CCLBG, selection of permissible charity/company names, use of names, the taking on of financing, the premises the charity will operate from, and charity assets.

This checklist takes into account the requirements of the Economic Crime & Corporate Transparency Act 2023. Some of its requirements are in force from March 2024 and will need to be considered by customers as part of the incorporation process straight away, other changes will be phased in over the course of 2024/25 once Companies House systems are appropriately set up.

As of March 2024, new CCLBGs will be required to have a registered email address on incorporation (existing entities will need to give one when they file their next confirmation statement) and applications for a CCLBG incorporation will require an additional confirmation that the CCLBG is being formed for a lawful purpose.

This checklist is in the form of a table which sets out the action that needs to be taken or considered with commentary by us to assist you, followed by empty boxes for the customer to complete as to status and responsibility etc. depending on the customer’s individual circumstances.

This template is a useful guide when setting up a CCLBG to ensure that all the main points have been considered. This checklist is not exhaustive but does include all the main headline points. How you use it will depend on the size and nature of your proposed charitable organisation.

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