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How to register with Companies House

There are a few ways you register your new business. Firstly, you can register by yourself at Companies House and do all the filing yourself. Your next option is to go down the more costly route of using an accountant to help. Or, the cheapest and easiest way is or get registered through a formation agent, who’ll do the filing for you for you.


There are a number of formation agents out there, and some offer a better service than others. It’s natural to ask the question – should I get incorporated with the help of a formation agent or go and register directly with Companies house? To help you answer that question, here’s how to register with Companies House:


Registering with Companies House directly

Let’s take the first option: registering your company with Companies House directly. There are two ways to do this, either online or by post. Registering online takes around 15 to 20 minutes and will cost £12; you can expect a response within around 24 hours. Alternatively, you can register by post. In which case, though, the waiting time rises to eight to ten days and will cost £40. There is also a fast-track service which will see you registered on the same day for £100.


Registering with help from a formation agent

For assistance at no extra cost, you can use a Companies House approved formation agent like The Formations Company. The benefit here is that you can choose from a range of packages to deliver a fast and worry-free formation process. To register a company it’s quick, simple and actually less expensive than going directly to Companies House direct.

First, you need to register a company name, and for that, you need to check that your chosen company name is available. If someone has a name which is the same, or too similar, you will have to select a new one. Enter your chosen name into our search bar and we’ll run a check for it on the Companies House register. If it’s available, you’re good to go.

How to register your business with The Formations Company

  • Choose a package: We offer a range of packages for different types of formations. These start at the most basic for people wanting to register a dormant company and rise to the most complicated, offering comprehensive ongoing support throughout the life of the company.
  • Fill out a form: Once you’ve chosen a package, fill out an application form.
  • Let them get on with it: From there, the filing specialists do everything. They’ll file your application with Companies House, notify you when it’s accepted and handle the filing fee.
  • Collect your Companies House authentication code and documents: Once you’re up and running, you’ll have access to an online company dashboard where you can see all the official documentation for your new company. This includes your official Companies House authentication code and Certificate of Incorporation.

There are many advantages to using a Formations Company to get on the Companies House register. First of all, we give you the benefit of a prestigious City of London address. We can handle all your incoming mail and send it on to you. We ensure complete legal compliance and handle all the details of setting your company on the road.

Setting up a limited company on the Companies House register needn’t be an administrative nightmare. For peace of mind, regulatory compliance and the benefit of knowing we can be there to offer support throughout the life of your company, visit our packages page, or continue browsing the help centre.

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Formation bundles



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  • £9.99
  • E-Formation

  • Set up a basic Limited Company that’s ready to trade and choose anything else you need as extra.
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  • £19.99
  • Essential

  • An easy way to set up a company that’s ready to trade. Plus, your official printed certificates.
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  • £59.99
  • Entrepreneur

  • Your official certificates & company register. Plus, a registered business address, FREE for 3 months.
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  • £99.99
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  • Your official documents, and confirmation statement. Plus, a registered business address, FREE for a year.
  • £29.99
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  • The hassle and risk-free option for getting started and growing your limited company.
  • £79.99
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  • Starter plus a comprehensive SME legal documents and credit score build & monitor service.
  • £149.99
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  • Essentials plus a 24/7 legal advice helpline, and your home address privacy secured.

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Ready to have your company set up?
Registering a company might seem an intimidating process, but it’s actually much simpler than you think: especially in the hands of seasoned company formation agents like us. We’ll not only help you with registering a company, but offer a range of services to support your business at all stages of its life. We’ll help you sort out your company registrations online, with a process so quick and easy you can go ahead and focus on the fun bits.
What is a company formation agent?

Formation agents perform company registrations in partnership with Companies House. We’re one of the largest, and also the cheapest. We don’t just get your company registered then leave you to it – we use our experience to help you start your business properly. There are plenty of reasons to use a formation agent rather than go directly to Companies House. If you ask us, though, the best thing is that we go through the whole process with you, and get your application submitted securely online. We provide expert advice on the legal hurdles while you incorporate, and recommend good quality solutions that you might need after you’ve formed.

What’s the difference between sole trader and limited company?

Think of it this way: when you form a limited company, you put a protective shield between you and your business. Being a sole trader is the opposite – you have no protection. As a sole trader, you are responsible for any debt you might come into while you’re in business. When you register and become the director of your own limited company, you have less personal responsibility. The benefits are that you can claim back expenses, and add to your salary with dividend payments at the end of the year. For more information, see our Help Centre article about limited companies and sole traders.

How do I register a company?

Easy, we’ll do it for you. Check out our formation bundles to learn more about our different products. They start at £9.99, and go all the way up to our Super bundle. Limited company formation is a straightforward business if you’re as well-versed with the process as we are. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our company formation guides for an introduction and some insider tips.

Why The Formations Company?

We’re dedicated to British business, and love nothing more than seeing new companies flourish. 750,000 UK companies have trusted us to help them register, and we have thousands of happy customers who’ve seen how simple the formations process can be. We’re cheaper than going to Companies House directly, and cost less than most accountants. Our online application is incredibly simple, and if you’ve got all your documents handy it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to complete. So what are you waiting for? Start your business today.

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