Requirements as to company’s businessE+W+S+N.I.
3(1)The requirements of this paragraph are as follows.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)The relevant company must be one of the following, that is to say—
(a)a company which exists wholly for the purpose of carrying on one or more qualifying trades or which so exists apart from purposes capable of having no significant effect (other than in relation to incidental matters) on the extent of the company’s activities;
(b)a company whose business consists entirely in the holding of shares in or securities of, or the making of loans to, one or more qualifying subsidiaries of that company; or
(c)a company whose business consists entirely in—
(i)the holding of such shares or securities, or the making of such loans; and
(ii)the carrying on of one or more qualifying trades.
(3)Subject to sub-paragraph (4) below, the relevant company or a qualifying subsidiary of that company must, when the relevant holding was issued and at all times since, have been either—
(a)carrying on a qualifying trade wholly or mainly in the United Kingdom; or
(b)preparing to carry on a qualifying trade which at the time when the relevant holding was issued it intended to carry on wholly or mainly in the United Kingdom.
(4)The requirements of sub-paragraph (3) above shall not be capable of being satisfied by virtue of paragraph (b) of that sub-paragraph at any time after the end of the period of two years beginning with the issue of the relevant holding unless—
(a)the relevant company or the subsidiary in question began to carry on the intended trade before the end of that period, and
(b)that company or subsidiary has, at all times since the end of that period, been carrying on a qualifying trade wholly or mainly in the United Kingdom.
(5)The requirements of that sub-paragraph shall also be incapable of being so satisfied at any time after the abandonment, within the period mentioned in sub-paragraph (4) above, of the intention in question.