Business Name Registration in Kenya is commonly referred to as Sole Proprietorship’s, BN2, or Partnerships, LLP Registration Kenya and are Registered under the Business Names Registration Act Kenya
The Business Registration Services Act 2015 establishes the Business Registration Service (BRS) to streamline effective administration of the laws relating to the incorporation, registration, operation and management of companies, partnerships and firms.
The Business Registration Service is established as a state corporation under the general supervision and direction of the Attorney-General in order to improve and promote efficiency Business name registration in Kenya.
This requires you to be above 18 years of age, have an ID number, mobile number, and a working email. With a working internet connection, it is easy to create an account with all those requirements in place.
A. Business name registration search letter Kenya
It is mandatory that the proposed business name must be reserved pending business name registration. Application for reservation of a Business Name should be made in writing and the prescribed fee paid
B. Application Form BN 2
Upon a name searched approval the applicant(s) should complete a statement of particulars form namely ( BN 2 Form) and lodged with Registrar of Companies Kenya name search
C. Business Name Registration Certificate
Namely, BN 3 is processed and issued thereafter
Requirements for Business Name Registration in Kenya
Proposed Business name for name search approval. We conduct a thorough Business name search Kenya
The nature of Business / activities the business shall undertake.
Names of the Proprietor/s in Full.
Postal address for the Business Name.
Proposed Physical address of the Business. Address includes road, plot number, town, county.
Copy of ID / Passport of the Proprietor or Partners.
Passport photo of the Proprietor/s.
Copy of PIN certificate of the Proprietor/s or partner/s.
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How to Register a Partnership Business Name in Kenya Online
Partnership business involve two or more people who share ownership on prorated whereby each partner contributes to all aspects of the business. Profits and losses are shared among the partners according to the formula agreed by both parties in the partnership deed.
The procedure of registering a partnership business is almost the same as sole proprietor except that in partnership business a partnership deed is provided.
The partnership deed normally contains the following particulars
The name of the firm or partnership
The names and addresses of partners
The nature or type of the business
The duration of partnership.
The amount of capital to be contributed by each partner.
The amount and nature drawings that can be made by each partner.
The interest to be allowed on capital and charged on drawings.
Rights and responsibilities of partners.
Duties of partners.
Remuneration to partners.
The ratio of the profits or losses shared among the partners.
The basis and rationale for the calculation of goodwill during the time of admission, retirement, and death of a partner.
The keeping of proper books of accounts and the preparation of Balance Sheet.
Settlement of amount upon the dissolution of the firm.
The procedures and processes to be adopted in the case of disputes among the partners.
Arbitration clause in case of dispute or disagreement.
The advantage of Partnership business name registration as compared to sole proprietorship is that in partnership, you can apply for any tender without much restrictions as your business has a KRA pin. Cost of registering a Partnership is minimal.
Sole Proprietorship on the other hand does not have a business KRA pin but uses personal KRA PIN of the owner.
Registration of Limited Liability Partnership in Kenya (LLP)
Section 2 of the Limited Liability Partnership Act, Chapter 30A, stipulates a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) as one registered under the Act, whereas the Partnership Act No. 16 of 2012 defines a partnership as the relationship which exists between persons who carry on business in common with a view of making a profit. It is termed as LLP registration Kenya.
Currently there are three forms of partnerships in Kenya, a general partnership, a limited partnership and a limited liability partnership.
A LLP is formed, section 17 of the Limited Liability Partnership Act by submitting a Statement of Particulars with the Registrar of Limited Liability Partnerships.
Under the LLP Act, that the Registrar of Companies is appointed to act as the Registrar for LLPs. Upon registration, a limited liability partnership becomes a body corporate with perpetual succession and acquires a separate legal entity personality from its partners and therefore any change in its partners does not affect the existence, rights or obligations of the limited liability partnership.
On the other hand, a general partnership is governed by the Partnership Act, Act No. 16 of 2012 while being registered under the Registration of Business Names Act. Upon registration, a general partnership does not become a body corporate.
The limited liability partnership, under section 7(2) of the LLP Act, is required to maintain and use a common seal that bears its name to be utilized to execute all documents that are required by law to be sealed by it.
Under section 22 of the Partnership Act, the liability of a partner in a general partnership is unlimited. Accordingly, a partner is personally liable for the whole amount of any obligation incurred by the partnership while he is a partner. Accordingly, their personal assets could be used to settle business debts if and when becomes necessary.
A limited partnership on the other hand has two types of partners known as general partners; and limited partners. The liability of general partners is unlimited. The liability of a limited partner is limited to the extent of the amount contributed by the partner to the partnership at the time of joining the partnership.
The liability of all partners in a LLP is limited. Therefore a partner is not personally liable, directly or indirectly, for the partnership’s obligations arising in a contract, tort or otherwise. In addition, a partner in a LLP is not personally liable for the wrongful act or omission of another partner of the LLP. The liabilities of a LLP are from the property of the LLP and from the personal assets of the partners.
The liability of partners of a LLP differs immensely from those of the general partnership and the limited partnership. However, the liability of a limited partner in a limited partnership is similar to that of a partner of a LLP. The difference between a LLP and a limited partnership is that the latter is required to have general partners so that the liability of all its partners is not limited like the LLP.
All partners in a general partnership have the entitlement to participate in the management of the partnership business.
In a limited partnership, all general partners can participate in the management of the business of the partnership. However, a limited partner is prohibited under section 58 (1) of the Partnership Act from taking part in the management of the business of the partnership .
On the other hand, a LLP is required to have a manager to manage the day-to-day activities of the business. A LLP is commonly said to be a quasi-partnership.
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