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How to register a company name

Whether you’re planning to register a new business, you’re a sole trader who wants to progress to limited company status, or running another business but plan to buy company, registering a company name is something you’ll need to do.

In this article we’ll show you how to register a company name and explain everything from the moment you’ve chosen your name to getting your new company documents. So, without delay, let’s look into how you can register a company name.


How to register a business name in the UK

Registering a company name isn’t a long or drawn-out process. In fact, if you choose to form with a formation agent there are just four steps to fully fledged limited company status:

1. Choose your name: Once you have the name you want, enter it into the search bar on our homepage. This will run a search of registered business names at Companies House. If it’s available, then it’s time to choose your formations package. If not, then you’ll have to try another until you find a name which isn’t already taken.

2. Pick your package: There is a whole range of different formations packages to suit any business and budget. Once you’ve picked the one you want, create an account with us. Here you’ll have a dashboard where you can log on at any time you like to check the status of your company and collect company documents.

3. Fill out an application: This will normally take around 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Sit back and relax: The great thing about our service is that our filing experts do all the heavy lifting for you. We’ll file your documents and send your application off to Companies House. All you need to do now is sit back and wait for a decision. We’ll let you know around within one working day if your company has been successfully formed.

If it turns out to be unsuccessful it probably means there was a mistake on the application. We’ll help you correct it and resubmit it free of charge.

We offer a range of packages suitable for different types of new owners. These start at basic E-formations which might be suitable for someone who wants to create a dormant company while they get ready for a full launch. Our Super Formations Package offers fast and easy formation, professional support and a range of enhanced features to get your business up and running with the best possible resources.


How to find out your company number?

Your company number (CRN) is printed on your Certificate of Incorporation from Companies House. It will also be listed on any official documentation you receive from Companies House regarding your business. You can also find your CRN by logging into the Companies House website and entering your company name.


What is a company registration number?

Your company registration number is a unique number assigned to identify your business by Companies House. It is referred to as your CRN and consist of 8 numbers, or 2 letters followed by 6 numbers.


With all our packages we offer ongoing support

Registering your company through The Formations Company is quick and simple. It only takes 10-15 minutes and is more affordable than going to Companies House directly. Your filing fee with Companies House is included in each of our packages.

Register your own business from £9.99

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Who are we?

Real People

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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  • £9.99
  • 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.

Register your own company from £9.99

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