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How to Register a Business in the UK

Have you decided to register a business (UK) with Companies House? In this article, we show you how to go about it in 7 simple steps.

 

1. Choose a Business Structure

The most common form of business in the UK is what’s called a ‘private company limited by shares’.

This is popular with entrepreneurs because it can be a good way of managing your tax and can provide financial protection for the directors should the company get into financial trouble.

An alternative structure is a company limited by guarantee. Many charities and not-for-profits are organised in this way.

 

2. Register a Business Name (UK)

Before you register a company with Companies House, you need to check that your business’s name is available.

Top tips when choosing a business name:

    • Research the market that you’ll be operating in – the names of your competitors should provide inspiration when choosing your own.
    • Avoid company names that are hard to spell – and make sure it rolls easily off the tongue.
    • Keep the name short – a punchy company name will be easier to remember and it will look better on marketing material.
    • Pick a name that’s meaningful – your company name will be the first thing people learn about your business, so does it explain what you do?

 

3.  Pick a Company Formation Package

With our company formation packages, you can register a business (UK) quickly and simply. 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 sign up for one of our company formation packages, we pay the £12 Companies House filing fee for you!

 

4. Enter Your Company Information

Much of this information will be placed on the public record. You need to give Companies House details of your:

  • Registered office – this is the address where Companies House and HMRC will send mail. It must be in the UK and it must be possible to reach the company directors at the address.
  • Company directors – your company must have at least one director. Companies House will want to know their name, date of birth and residential address.
  • Shareholders – every company must have at least one shareholder, but it can be the same person as the director. Companies House will want to know their name, date of birth and residential address.

If you don’t have a separate address for your business, you should use your home address to register a company. But if you aren’t comfortable with your home address being made public, we offer a Registered Agent Service which lets you register your business at our Central London location.

 

5. Hand Out Shares

When you register a company with Companies House, you will need to allocate shares to your shareholder(s). The simplest way is to allocate one share to each shareholder, where an individual share is worth £1.

 

6. Complete the Memorandum and Articles of Association

These documents formalise how your company will be run. They need to be agreed on and signed by the company director(s), shareholder(s) and secretary.

We’ve drawn up templates to meet the needs of most new businesses. You can access these if you sign up for one of our company formation packages.

 

7. Submit Everything to Companies House

For same-day registration, submit your application by 3pm. That’s it – good luck with your new business!

 

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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

E-Formation
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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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Essential
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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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Entrepreneur
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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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Super
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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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