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Limited Company Registration: 7 Simple Steps

Registering a limited company with Companies House can be a way of more effectively managing what you pay in tax. The process of registration involves choosing a unique company name and formalising how your company will be run.

The good news is that you can register your company online in a few simple steps. In this article, we explain how to go about it.


1. Research the Alternatives to Limited Company Register

Is a limited company the best option for someone in your position?

An alternative to registering a limited company is to operate as a sole trader.

Another possibility is to enter a business partnership. Here, you and your partner share responsibility for everything to do with the company and you split the profits equally.


2. Consider the Benefits of Limited Company Registration

Perhaps the main benefit is that your personal assets should be protected if the company builds up debts it can’t pay back. This will give you room to take a little more financial risk when getting the business off the ground.

Registering a limited company can also be a way of paying less in tax. For instance, you could draw the bulk of your income in company dividends, which aren’t subject to income tax.

As an owner of a limited company, you can also claim more in allowable expenses and reliefs than you can as a sole trader or under a partnership. There are tax deductible costs which you can offset against a company’s profits, meaning you get to keep more of your money.


3. Pick a Name for Your Limited Company

The name you register with Companies House needs to be unique. Choose something that you like saying and hearing, because you’ll likely be doing both many times a day. Give some thought to how the name will look on marketing material. And make sure it’s easy to spell.

Got a name in mind? With our free online search tool, you can check whether your company name is available with Companies House.


4. Register with Companies House

Companies House is the government body that deals with limited company registration in the UK. They’ll want to know:

There will be several forms to fill in, including a memorandum and articles of association. These documents formalise how the company will be run and who owns shares. They’ll require signatures from the director(s), shareholder(s) and company secretary.

Once you have all the information you need, you can apply to place your business on the limited company register with Companies House. This is quick and simple with our company formation packages. 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 apply for limited company registration with one of our company formation packages, we pay the £12 Companies House filing fee for you!


5. Register Your Limited Company for Tax

To register your limited company for corporation tax, you’ll need your company’s unique taxpayer reference. This should be mailed to you within 14 days of registering your company with Companies House. Once you have the reference, you can register online at the HMRC website.

  • If your business’s annual turnover tops £85,000, you’ll also need to register for VAT – you can do this online at the HMRC website.


6. Register Your Limited Company as an Employer

Every limited company must be registered as an employer. That’s true even if the only person you will be paying is yourself as a company director.

  • Register your limited company at the website before the first payday
  • It will take up to five days to get the PAYE reference number you’ll need
  • You’ll need a National Insurance number from at least one company director


7. Set Up a Separate 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


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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.

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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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