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As soon as your company is registered at Companies House we will deliver digital copies of the company documents to you by e-mail. If your order includes printed documents they will be delivered to you by post.

Private Company Limited by Shares

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Advanced

Premium

Most UK 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.

£15.99 + VAT

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Companies House charges a £12.00 filing fee for the incorporation of a new company. This fee is included in all of our packages and we pay it on your behalf.

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.

We have selected favourable deals from our partners that may be of interest to new and existing businesses.

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As soon as your company is registered we will provide you with instructions or promotional links to access the offers.

This allows you to manage your existing companies and incorporate new ones without needing to re-enter the information. Click here to learn more.

The official document, provided by Companies House, which confirms the company name, number and date of incorporation.

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.

All the statutory compliance that you must keep by law. It includes the register of directors, register of members and more.
A share certificate is a document which certifies registered ownership of shares from a particular date. Key information on a share certificate includes:
  • Certificate number,
  • Company name and registration number,
  • Shareholder name and address,
  • Number of shares owned,
  • Class of shares,
  • Issue date of shares,
  • The nominal value of each share.
Minutes of your company's first board meeting, at which the initial resolutions for the company were passed.
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A Service Address must be provided by directors, shareholders, secretaries, PSCs (Persons with Significant Control) and LLP members. It will be used for these company officers and members to receive statutory mail and legal documents from official UK government agencies, including Companies House and HMRC.

Unlike a registered office address it does not need to be located in the UK, although it will be shown on the public register at Companies House. For this purpose you may either use your home address or purchase our Service Address option.

Certificate of Incorporation, Digital set of Memorandum & Articles of Association, Company Register, Share Certificate, Incorporation Minutes

As soon as your company is registered you will receive an email containing a link to complete our online VAT questionnaire. Once you have completed the VAT questionnaire we will prepare and submit your VAT registration application to HMRC.

It may take 20 to 30 days for HMRC to process the application. Once your application is successful, we will e-mail you the VAT Registration Number. HMRC will send you the VAT registration certificate by post.

We will provide you with a prestigious address Kensington, in the heart of London, creating an excellent image for your business. The Registered Office and Service Address cover the use of our address for official government mail only.

If you wish to use our address for general business contact with your company, however, then you should purchase our Business Address Service, whereby we will forward all of your post to you as soon as we receive it. This service is renewable annually.

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£69 + VAT

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£89 + VAT

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£179 + VAT

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Basic Package £15.99 + VAT

Set up a limited company that is ready to trade with a full set of digital (PDF) documents.

  • Companies House Filing Fee
  • Business bank Account (optional)
  • Introduction to an Accountant (optional)
  • Domain Names and Web Hosting Discounts
  • Online Client Portal
  • Digital Set of Company Documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Digital set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
    • Digital Company Register
    • Digital Share Certificate
    • Digital Incorporation Minutes
Privacy Package £69 + VAT

Register a limited company with a registered office address and a service address. Ideal for protecting the privacy of your home address.

  • Companies House Filing Fee
  • Business bank Account (optional)
  • Introduction to an Accountant (optional)
  • Domain Names and Web Hosting Discounts
  • Online Client Portal
  • Prestigious Registered Office Address in Kensington, London (for 1 year)
  • Service Address for one person (for 1 year)
  • Digital (PDF) company documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Digital set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
    • Digital Company Register
    • Digital Share Certificate
    • Digital Incorporation Minutes
Advanced Package £89 + VAT

The package includes forming a limited company with a registered office and a service address as well as VAT registration assistance.

Premium Package £179 + VAT

The package includes forming a limited company with a registered office and service address, business address and mail forwarding services as well as VAT registration assistance.

  • Companies House Filing Fee
  • Business bank Account (optional)
  • Introduction to an Accountant (optional)
  • Domain Names and Web Hosting Discounts
  • Online Client Portal
  • Prestigious Registered Office Address in Kensington, London (for 1 year)
  • Service Address for one person (for 1 year)
  • Business Address for general business correspondence (for 1 year)
  • Digital (PDF) company documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Digital set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
    • Digital Company Register
    • Digital Share Certificate
    • Digital Incorporation Minutes
  • Printed Company Documents Bundle (free option)
  • VAT Registration Assistance

Private Company Limited by Shares

Non-Resident

This offer is designed to meet the needs of non-residents who wish to establish a limited company in the United Kingdom. It gives your company a London presence, including the use of our prestigious Registered Office Address in Kensington.

£119 + VAT

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Companies House charges a £12.00 filing fee for the incorporation of a new company. This fee is included in all of our packages and we pay it on your behalf.

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As soon as your company is registered at Companies House we will send you a referral link for applying to open an account. 

Please note that an application to open an account is subject to approval by the payment institution and is not guaranteed. The fees of the payment institution may apply.

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.

We have selected favourable deals from our partners that may be of interest to new and existing businesses.

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As soon as your company is registered we will provide you with instructions or promotional links to access the offers.

This allows you to manage your existing companies and incorporate new ones without needing to re-enter the information. Click here to learn more.

The official document, provided by Companies House, which confirms the company name, number and date of incorporation.

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.

All the statutory compliance that you must keep by law. It includes the register of directors, register of members and more.
A share certificate is a document which certifies registered ownership of shares from a particular date. Key information on a share certificate includes:
  • Certificate number,
  • Company name and registration number,
  • Shareholder name and address,
  • Number of shares owned,
  • Class of shares,
  • Issue date of shares,
  • The nominal value of each share.
Minutes of your company's first board meeting, at which the initial resolutions for the company were passed.
Printed Company Documents:
Certificate of Incorporation, Digital set of Memorandum & Articles of Association, Company Register, Share Certificate, Incorporation Minutes

Your company documents will be delivered by a trusted and tracked courier service to any address globally.

All UK companies are required by law to have a registered office address, which is the official address for all correspondence from government agencies such as Companies House and HMRC.

This address must be a physical postal address, not just a PO Box number. The company's address will be placed on public record and must be displayed on all company stationery and websites.

A Service Address must be provided by directors, shareholders, secretaries, PSCs (Persons with Significant Control) and LLP members. It will be used for these company officers and members to receive statutory mail and legal documents from official UK government agencies, including Companies House and HMRC.

Unlike a registered office address it does not need to be located in the UK, although it will be shown on the public register at Companies House. For this purpose you may either use your home address or purchase our Service Address option.

We will provide you with a prestigious address Kensington, in the heart of London, creating an excellent image for your business. The Registered Office and Service Address cover the use of our address for official government mail only.

If you wish to use our address for general business contact with your company, however, then you should purchase our Business Address Service, whereby we will forward all of your post to you as soon as we receive it. This service is renewable annually.

As soon as your company is registered you will receive an email containing a link to complete our online VAT questionnaire. Once you have completed the VAT questionnaire we will prepare and submit your VAT registration application to HMRC.

It may take 20 to 30 days for HMRC to process the application. Once your application is successful, we will e-mail you the VAT Registration Number. HMRC will send you the VAT registration certificate by post.

£119 + VAT

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Non-Resident Package £119 + VAT

Ideal for non-residents who wish to establish a company in the United Kingdom. It gives your company a London presence, including the use of our prestigious Registered Office Address in Kensington.

  • Companies House Filing Fee
  • Business Payment Account (optional) for non-residents
  • Introduction to an Accountant (optional)
  • Domain Names and Web Hosting Discounts
  • Online Client Portal
  • International Delivery via DHL
  • Prestigious Registered Office Address in London, Kensington (for 1 year)
  • Service Address for one person (for 1 year)
  • Digital (PDF) and printed company documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Digital set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
    • Digital Company Register
    • Digital Share Certificate
    • Digital Incorporation Minutes

Private Company Limited by Guarantee

Limited by Guarantee

A private company Limited by Guarantee (LBG) is an alternative type of limited company which is used mainly for non-profit organisations such as clubs, sports associations, community projects and charities.

£49 + VAT

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We have selected favourable deals from our partners that may be of interest to new and existing businesses.

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As soon as your company is registered we will provide you with instructions or promotional links to access the offers.

This allows you to manage your existing companies and incorporate new ones without needing to re-enter the information. Click here to learn more.

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During the application process our system will let you choose one of the following options regarding your company’s Articles of Association:

  • Standard Articles. These articles should be used by default. They are suitable for a club, sporting association, community project, workers' cooperative or membership organisation.
  • Charity Articles. These articles are for registering a charity in the form of a private company which is limited by guarantee.
  • Flat Management Articles. Use this to register what is sometimes called a “Right to Manage” or “Flat Management” company, which allows residents jointly to run a property, e.g. a block of flats.
  • Edit Model Articles. You can edit our model articles according to your needs. Please note, however, that you may need to seek legal advice on how to do this.
  • Custom Articles. This option will let you upload your own bespoke articles if they are already prepared.
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Digital Guarantor Certificate
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£49 + VAT

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Limited by Guarantee Package £49 + VAT

A private company Limited by Guarantee (LBG) is an alternative type of limited company which is used mainly for non-profit organisations such as clubs, sports associations, community projects and charities.

  • Companies House Filing Fee
  • Business bank Account (optional)
  • Introduction to an Accountant (optional)
  • Domain Names and Web Hosting Discounts
  • Online Client Portal
  • Digital (PDF) company documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Digital set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
    • Digital Company Register
    • Digital Guarator Certificate
    • Digital Incorporation Minutes

Limited Liability Partnership

LLP

A Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) is an alternative corporate business structure that has the benefit of limited liability for its members. At the same time, however, it also allows its members the flexibility to organise their internal structure to resemble a traditional partnership. An LLP is commonly used by industry professionals who normally work in partnerships, such as solicitors, architects and accountants, but who wish to protect their personal finances by way of limited liability.

£59 + VAT

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We have selected favourable deals from our partners that may be of interest to new and existing businesses.

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Featured Offer - Get up to 30% off new products from World's Largest Domain Registrar.

As soon as your company is registered we will provide you with instructions or promotional links to access the offers.

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Having a written Partnership Agreement is not a legal requirement.

If you decide, however, that your LLP requires a formal Agreement then we will forward a draft LLP Agreement to you by e-mail as soon as your new LLP is registered at Companies House.

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£59 + VAT

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Limited Liability Partnership Package £59 + VAT

This is an alternative corporate business structure that has the benefit of limited liability for its members. An LLP is commonly used by industry professionals who normally work in partnerships, such as solicitors, architects and accountants.

  • Companies House Filing Fee
  • Business bank Account (optional)
  • Introduction to an Accountant (optional)
  • Domain Names and Web Hosting Discounts
  • Online Client Portal
  • Draft of LLP Agreement
  • Digital (PDF) company documents:
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Digital Company Register
    • Digital Membership Certificate
    • Digital Incorporation Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Must I sign documents when registering my company?

Not on paper: It is all done online to make things simple. No printing or scanning is required.

May my limited company be formed with just one person?

One person can register and form a Limited Company online and it can be owned, managed and run by one person. This person would therefore be the sole director, shareholder and person with significant control (PSC) of the company.

When will I receive my authentication code?

You will be e-mailed the authentication code for your new company once it is registered at Companies House. You will receive your company’s documents the same way.

You can then see your company’s authentication code also online, through your customer account on our website.

Can I reserve my company name without forming a company?

No. You must register a limited company using your desired company name in order to reserve that name and prevent others from using it.

Once your company is incorporated, you may maintain it in a dormant (i.e. non-trading) state but you must still fulfill your statutory filing and reporting obligations.

What name can I use for my company?

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. 

How long does it take to incorporate a company?

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.

What information must I provide to form my company?

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.

Do I need to supply proof of ID?

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 you do not pass our digital ID check, then we will send you by e-mail a special request that you provide the necessary information and documents. For more information, please see our ID requirements.

What is a Limited Company?

Most people require a standard limited company, since this is suitable for nearly all types of trading.

A limited company is a form of business which is legally separate from its owners (shareholders) and managers (formally called directors). Even if a limited company involves only one person as its sole shareholder and director it remains, in law, a legal entity which is separate and distinct from that person. 

The company can enter into contracts, and can also be sued, in its own right. The owner/s of the company is/are protected by “limited liability”, hence it is a “limited” company.  Apart from a case of fraud or other serious wrongdoing, the owners are liable for the debts of the business only up to the value of their original investment in the business.

There are three main types of limited company in the UK:

How do I get a company Unique Tax Reference?

Your company’s Unique Tax Reference (UTR) is used to identify it for tax-related purposes. You will have been sent a letter confirming this specific ten-digit reference number and guidance on your tax responsibilities to your registered company address.

Once your company is registered at Companies House, HMRC will be notified of its existence automatically. Within 14 days of registering your company you will receive a letter from HMRC that will give you your company’s unique taxpayer reference.

You should also find this reference number on other statutory communication you receive from HMRC. Your company Unique Tax Reference should not be confused with the personal Unique Tax Reference number that people receive when they register for self-assessment.

Would you rather order by telephone?

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Just call our team who will be very happy to help you complete the order by telephone!

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