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How to Add Your Business to the Company House Register 

Making the decision to register your business with Companies House is a big step in any entrepreneur’s life. The good news is that you can complete the process online and you’ll only have to do it once. In this article we’ll explain how to register a company with Companies House in 9 simple steps.


1. Give Some Thought to the Alternatives

Is registering a limited company with Companies House the right option for you?

Depending on your circumstances, it could make more sense to become a sole trader. Here, you are in full control of your company. There are no directors or shareholders to consult. And you don’t need to register your business with Companies House.

Another option is to enter into a business partnership. In this case, you share responsibility for the company with someone you trust – including shared responsibility for all profits and losses.


2. Weigh Up the Benefits of Registering Your Business

There are attractive benefits to registering your business with Companies House. For one thing, your personal assets be protected if the business builds up debts it can’t pay back. This is the meaning of ‘limited liability’ in the phrase ‘limited liability company’.

Registering a limited company can also be a way to manage what you pay in tax. For instance, you might decide to:

  • Draw the bulk of your income in company dividends, which aren’t subject to the income tax that applies to an ordinary salary
  • Take advantage of the tax write-offs and expenses available to registered business owners


3. Speak to an Expert

A company foundation specialist can help you:

  • Register your company with Companies House
  • Minimise what you pay in tax and explain which tax-deductible costs you can offset against the company’s profits
  • Issue shares to other shareholders if there are people you’d like to invest capital to get the company up and running

Did you know? With our company formation packages, you can add your business to the Company House register quickly and simply. There are four packages to choose from:

  • E-Formation (£9.99): perfect if you want to secure a company name and don’t need any official printed documents.
  • Essential (£19.99): offers you complete confidence that you’re starting a company with the rules and regulations covered.
  • Entrepreneur (£59.99): kick-start your next big venture with official compliance and additional documents of incorporation.
  • Super (£89.99): the complete secretarial and compliance package to establish your company on a robust footing.

Best of all, when you sign up for one of our company formation packages, we pay the £12 Companies House filing fee for you!


4. Choose Your Business Name

This name needs to be unique to your business – that means it can’t already have been registered with Companies House.

  • Choose a business name that you feel comfortable saying and that will have positive associations for your future customers.
  • Give some thought to how the name will look on marketing material. Is it easy to spell? Does it give an idea of the service your business offers?

5. Register with Companies House

Once you’ve chosen your business name, it’s time to register it with Companies House. This process is known as ‘incorporation’.

As well as registering your business name, you’ll need to fill out and return a few standard legal documents, including:

  • Memorandum of Association – includes your business name, address and the type of business
  • Articles of Association – spells out your rights as the director of the company and the rights of any shareholders

If you don’t have a separate address for your business, you should use your home address for Company House registration. But if you aren’t comfortable with your home address being made public, we offer a Registered Agent Service which lets you register your business at our Central London location.

6. Set Up a Business Bank Account

If you don’t have time to shop around, we can save you the hassle and help you set up a business bank account. We have a special relationship with Barclays which means you’ll get a range of great benefits with a Barclays Bank Business Account for Start-ups:

  • Free business banking for 12 months (terms and conditions apply)
  • Loyalty rewards – the longer you bank, the more money you get back
  • Support and guidance from the Barclays Business Banking telephone team
  • Manage your account online, by phone, via the Barclays Mobile Banking app or in branch

Find out more and sign up today


7. Register as an Employer

Even if the only person you’ll be paying is yourself in your capacity as a company director, you’ll need to register your business as an employer.


8. Register for VAT

If your annual turnover will be more than £85,000, you should register for VAT. This is something an accountant can help you with.


9. Register for Corporation Tax

Make sure to do this in the first three months or you could have to pay a fine. HMRC will send you the information you need after you register your business. Look out for your unique 10-digit your tax reference number and make a note of the deadline for filing your annual return.

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Our fantastic customer support team have lots of experience forming companies. They're happy to help whether you need advice before, during or after the process.

Competitive Prices

Our prices are lower than most because unlike some agents, we’re able to cut out the middle-men and do most of the work ourselves from our office in Old Street.

Options To Suit You

Every business is different, and we want to make sure you get exactly what you need. Choose the package you want and select any helpful products and services you'll need along the way.

Our formation packages

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  • Our E-Formation package is perfect if you want to secure a company name or establish a dormant company and require no official printed documents.

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  • £19.99
  • Essential Formation offers you complete confidence that you’re starting a company with the rules and regulations covered.

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  • £59.99
  • Our Entrepreneur package offers you all the advantages of quick and easy formation, with all the paperwork you need to set up as a limited company.

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  • £89.99
  • Our Super Formation Package has everything and is the perfect way to set up your company with speed, ease and confidence.

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No hidden extras, just simple online process.

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