Guide

Selling your business: your responsibilities

Last updated: 13 March 2017

Limited company

Your responsibilities will be different, depending on whether:

  • you're selling the entire shareholding in your limited company
  • the company is selling part of its business

Selling the entire shareholding

Appoint new directors or company secretaries

You should appoint new directors before you resign as a director yourself.

Tell Companies House to make these changes.

Capital Gains Tax

You may have made a 'capital gain' when selling the company (eg the money you get from the sale, or assets from it that you keep).

If this means you need to pay Capital Gains Tax, you may be able to reduce the amount by claiming Entrepreneurs' Relief. You may also be able to claim other reliefs.

Charges against your company

If you've secured finance for the company against your personal property (eg a mortgage on your house to secure a business loan), you must let the provider know within 21 days of the sale.

VAT registration

If the company is registered for VAT, you may want to transfer the VAT registration number to the new owner.

If your company sells part of the business

If any employees are affected by the sale (eg the company's selling its production business and factory staff will be affected), you must tell them about the changes, including:

  • when and why part of the company is being sold
  • details about the redundancy terms or relocation packages, if necessary

Make sure you don't breach employees' rights when a business changes ownership.

Selling your business: your responsibilities
Limited company