6 Difference between a private limited company and a public limited company

the following are differences between a private limited company and a public limited company




  • Private limited company shares are sold privately to friends and relatives while Public limited company Shares are sold to the public
  • Private limited company Shares are not offered for sales on the stock exchange while public limited company Shares are freely offered for sale on the stock exchange
  • Private limited company name ends with “Ltd” while public limited company names end with ‘Plc”
  • Private limited company Financial records are not published to the public while public limited company Financial accounts are published to the general public




  • The private limited company starts the business immediately after it is incorporated while a public limited company starts a business after receiving a certificate of trading
  • Private limited company Shares are not freely transferable while public limited Shares are freely transferable