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This package provides online company registration with Companies House and a full set of digital company documents will be sent to you electronically via e-mail as PDF documents. The package is ideal for those who want to form a limited company without any additional extras or reserve a company name. It includes all of the essentials that your company needs to start trading.
We provide a choice of up to 8 business bank or payment institution accounts including ANNA, Barclays, Cashplus, CountingUp, Mettle and Tide, each of which has an easy online application process.
Our system will show you the banking options available for your business when you complete your company formation order. Simply select your preferred choice and we will pass your details to our banking partners to contact you or, in some cases, expedite the process on your behalf with the details that we hold for your company. Click here to learn more.
This offer is available only for companies with directors and shareholders who are all residents within the UK. Non-residents of the UK should check the options available within our Packages for Non-Residents.
We have partnered with an accountancy firm that specialises in providing accounting services to new businesses. This accountancy firm will send you a welcome e-mail within 2 working days of your company being incorporated.
You may then arrange a consultation with the firm, via Skype or telephone, which is free for the first 30 minutes. Alternatively, you may put questions to them by e-mail. The purpose of this initial consultation is to introduce you to their accountancy services and to let you discuss your accounting and taxation concerns.
Please note that you should negotiate your fees with the accountancy firm directly.
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This allows you to manage your existing companies and incorporate new ones without needing to re-enter the information. Click here to learn more.
Your company will be formed with our standard articles of association relevant to your particular company type. They provide an easy-to-follow, flexible constitution that will suit the needs of most businesses.
Those who want to upload their own memorandum and articles can do this during the application process. We charge an administration fee for this.
Select your free bank account or other benefits from one of our partners.
You may choose from whichever of the banking options is available when you place your order.
Most UK limited companies are established as private companies limited by shares. This is an ideal choice for freelancers and contractors who want to start companies.
Such companies are owned by shareholders who have certain rights. Shareholders must appoint directors to manage day-to-day business activities on their behalf. To set up a company limited by shares, only one shareholder and one director is required and the same person can hold both positions.
An individual share may be of any value. You can choose a low share value (for example £1) to limit the shareholders’ liability to a reasonable amount. Ordinary shares are the most common type of shares which give a shareholder the following rights:
The name of your company cannot be the same as, or too similar to, that of another registered company. Whatever name you choose, however, Companies House requires that a limited company has at the end of its name either “Limited” or, in its abbreviated form, “Ltd” (there is no difference between the two apart from how they appear on paper).
You can use our name search tool to check whether a company name is available. This links with a government database of registered company names to find whether the limited company name that you would like to use is available at Companies House.
You must provide a company name and personal information about directors, shareholders and PSCs (persons with significant control) such as address, date of birth and nationality. You must also give us your company address.
For further information, please read our Required Information Page.
Companies House normally register companies between 9.00am and 5.30pm from Monday to Friday and your company will usually be formed within 3 to 6 working hours. This timescale may be subject to change, however, depending upon the workload at Companies House.
If it is vital that your company be incorporated on the same day or as quickly as possible, however, then we recommend adding the additional Same Day Service to your order on the checkout page (subject to its availability from Companies House). Please note that Same-Day Applications must be submitted before 1.30pm Monday - Friday.
Company directors are the people responsible for the day-to-day running of a company. Anyone who is above the age of 16 may be a company director. If the company breaks the law then you, as a director, may be held accountable.
The powers and responsibilities of a director are defined in the company's Articles of Association. Usually, the same person can be both a shareholder and a director of a company.
Shareholders are the owners of a company. They own shares in the company which entitle them to receive a percentage of the company’s profits. Most shareholders also have a say in important company issues, such as the appointment of new directors.
A company shareholder can be a person, a group of people, a partnership, another company or any other kind of legal entity or corporate body.
A person with significant control (PSC) is someone who has significant ownership and/or control of a company. They are sometimes called “beneficial owners”. A PSC is anyone who:
Companies must identify their PSCs and tell Companies House who they are. If you ultimately control more than 25% of the company or you are a shareholder with more than 25% of the company's shares then you are a Person with Significant Control (PSC).
As a company formation agent we must follow “Know Your Customer” (KYC) requirements and obtain our customers’ proof of identity and address.
If you are a UK resident then we will perform a digital check of your ID and address using the information that you have provided in your company order form. In 90% of cases our customers successfully pass our digital ID checks.
If you are not eligible for our digital ID check, or for some reason you do not at first pass our digital ID check, then we will e-mail you a special request that you provide the necessary information and documents. For more information, see our ID requirements.