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How to Register My Business Name with Companies House

If you’re looking to start a limited company, you’ll need to register a business name with Companies House. This will indicate to potential customers, partners and investors that your business is legitimate and can be trusted.

In this article, we explain how to register your business name. And walk you through the other steps on the road to starting up a limited company.


1. Run a Business Name Check

Before you register a business name with Companies House, you need to be sure it hasn’t already been taken and is not too similar to any that have.

Choose a name that helps explain what your business does and avoid names that are difficult to spell. Think about how the name will look on marketing material. Is the name one you are comfortable saying? You’ll probably find yourself doing so many times every day.

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


2. Register My Business Name

Once you’ve chosen your business name, it’s time to register it with Companies House — a process known as ‘incorporation’.

Companies House is the government agency that hold the records of all the limited companies in the UK. They’ll want to know the name and address of your business, and the name of the company director and shareholders. You will also need to fill in and return some forms.

Did you know? With our company formation packages, you can register your company quickly and simply. There are four packages to choose from:

  • E-Formation (£9.99): perfect if you want to register a business 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!


3. 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

Find out more and sign up today


4. Register Your Business as an Employer

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


5. Register for Corporation Tax

You’ll need to register within your first three months of trading or you could have to pay a fine. HMRC will send you the information you’ll need after you complete the process of incorporation. This will include your tax reference number and the deadline for filing your annual return.


6. Register for VAT

You should register for VAT if your annual turnover is more than £85,000. This is something that an accountant can help you with.


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Real People

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.

Competitive Prices

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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