Before setting up your technology business, you will need to incorporate your company. During the company incorporation process on Companies House, you will need to provide your company’s SIC code based on the nature of your business and services. There are over 600 codes on the list of SIC codes to choose from which can be overwhelming. This article explains what a SIC code is and how to choose one for your new technology business.
What are standard industrial classifications?
A Standard industrial classification code (SIC code) is a five-digit business code which describes a company’s economic activities and business services. These codes help the Office for National Statistics (ONS) track the state and growth of United Kingdom (UK) companies. The condensed UK SIC code list maintained by Companies House is available on the gov.uk website. A private limited company (the most popular type) can have multiple SIC codes. Dormant companies and non-trading companies are also required to have a SIC code.
Your technology business can have multiple SIC codes if it has multiple business activities. SIC codes can also be updated via a confirmation statement if ever the business’ activities evolve or you carry-out new activities.
What SIC code should I use for my Technology company?
The SIC code you should pick for your technology company depends on what area of technology your business will be engaging in and the work you will be carrying out.
If your company will be involved in the development of software you will want to use the SIC code 62012 that covers activities relating to business and domestic software development. You will use this SIC code if you are creating a new software product, for example.
If your company will offer consultancy services to others then you will want to use the SIC code 62020.
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Computer Facilities Management
If your company will service, manage or monitor a client's computer facilities, such as hardware, software or networks, then you will want to use the SIC code 62030.
Data processing and hosting activities
If your company provides the infrastructure for hosting, data processing and similar activities then you should use the SIC code 63110.
If your company designs or produces webs portals then you should use the SIC code 63120
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