How to register a company name

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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 another 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 that 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 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.

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. Alternatively, browse our help centre for more information on how to buy a company or how to register a company name.

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