Registering or Forming a Company, What’s the Difference?

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When starting a company there’s a lot of jargon that you’ll need to get your head around. We’re often asked what the difference between registering a company and forming one is. The simple answer is there is no difference. Once you have registered your company with Companies House it is, essentially, formed!

What happens when you register/form your company


When you’ve registered your company with Companies House, your company will appear on the UK register of companies. This will give it greater credibility and protect your business name from being duplicated as the name you have chosen or a name very similar won’t be allowed to be registered. Once you’ve registered your company, your liability will be limited which means that your company is a separate legal entity from you.


To further protect your company more than just its name, you should consider a trademark, click here to find out more and even book a free all with a trade mark attorney to discuss what will give your company the best protection!


How to register your company / form your company


Registering your company or, forming your company with Companies House is easy. You can either do this directly via the Companies House web incorporation service or by filing a paper application.


You could also choose to go via your accountant or you could use the professional services of a formations agent, such as The Formations Company, who are authorised to register your business for you and are cheaper than if you go directly to companies house and other formation agents! Or you can submit the paperwork yourself.


  1. Pick a name for your company
  2. Register your company with Companies House (either directly or through a formations agent)
  3. Register your business address
  4. Appoint your directors and a company secretary
  5. Allocate shareholders and shares
  6. Submit your memorandum and articles of association
  7. Register for corporation tax


It’s also worth noting that you’ll need to pay for the service. The current cost of registering with Companies House on their website is £12, whereas you’ll find various company registering / formation packages with formation agents. For example, we have formation packages to suit all business needs, ranging from just £9.99 up to £149.99!

Using a Formation Agent to register/form your company


Using a formations agent to deal with your company registration means you’ll also be able to take advantage of their experience and knowledge in the process. The Formations Company is approved by Companies House to undertake company formations. We offer a range of packages that have been designed and developed to suit the widest range of new business needs.


Our cheapest E-Formation package is just £9.99 and includes the same registering company service that you’ll get with Companies House and other formation agents, but with our unique relationships with leading business service providers, you’ll also have the opportunity to get any other additional services your business might need! this includes business bank accounts, an accountant, insurance and much more from leading providers and at preferable rates!


Our friendly customer support team are also on hand Monday to Friday 9 am – 5:30 pm (excluding bank holidays), and are reachable either by phone or by email to walk you through the process if needed and answer any questions you might have before, during or after you’ve registered your company. Don’t take our word for it, check out our 4.5 rated Trustpilot reviews!


If you’re ready to register, or form your limited company and make the most of our registering company service, click here to see if your company name is available.


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