How to Register a Company Name with Companies House

Looking to start a limited company? First, you’ll need to register a company name with Companies House.

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Having a registered company name will show potential customers that your business is legitimate and trustworthy. It’s pretty simple to register a company name and you should only need to do it once.

Read on for our quick explainer about how to register a company name.

 

1. Run a Company Name Check

Before you register a company name with Companies House, you need to be sure it hasn’t already been taken.

Choose a name that helps explain what your business does when it’s read in isolation, and avoid names that are difficult to spell. Think about how your name will work as a web address.

To distinguish your business from others offering similar services, consider including your location (i.e. ‘South Leeds Roofers and Joiners’).

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

 

2. Start a Limited Company

Once you’ve chosen your company name, it’s time to register it with Companies House. This process is known as ‘incorporation’.

As well as registering your company name, you’ll need to fill out and return a few standard legal documents:

• Memorandum of Association – a record of your company name, address and the type of business you run.
• Articles of Association – spells out your rights as the director of the company and the rights of any shareholders.

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• E-Formation (£9.99): perfect if you want to register a company name and don’t need any official printed documents.
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Best of all, when you sign up for one of our company formation packages, we pay the £12 Companies House filing fee for you!

 

3. Register for Corporation Tax

After setting up a limited company with Companies House, you’ll need to register it for Corporation Tax. You should do this within three months.

To register for Corporation Tax, you’ll need your company’s 10-digit Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR). HMRC should send this to you by post within 14 days of registering your company with Companies House.

How to find out your company UTR number?

You can also find your Company Unique Tax Reference (UTR) on any correspondence you receive from your Corporation Tax Office. You can also phone HMRC on 0300 200 3310 to request your UTR number.

 

4. Register for VAT

You should register for VAT if your business’s annual turnover is more than £85,000. This is something that an accountant or company formation specialist can help you with.

 

5. Register your Company as an Employer

You must do this even if the only person you’ll be paying is yourself as the company director.

 

6. Set up a Business Bank Account

Some banks will want to see the documents you provided to Companies House and even a business plan before they’ll give you an account. Don’t forget to check what fees they charge for standard business services like setting up a standing order or clearing a cheque.

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

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