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Add Your Business to the UK Company Register: In 3 Simple Steps

Ready to take your killer business idea to market? The three steps that you should follow when looking to add your business to the UK company register are essentially these:

  1. Register your limited company with Companies House
  2. Register for corporation tax
  3. Set up a business bank account

What follows is a quick guide to that process – you will only need to do it once. In fact, if you get started today, your new limited company could be up-and-running within around 48 hours.

Here goes…


Step 1: Adding Your Business to the UK Company Register

This is the point where you will need to gather up all the information you have about your new company.

Once you have all these details to hand, there will be some forms to complete and submit to Companies House. That’s the government agency which maintains the UK company register and makes it available to the public.

The guys at Companies House will want to know:

  • what your company is called
  • the names of the company directors and shareholders
  • the business address

Make sure to pick a company name that hasn’t been used before:

One way is to include the location of your business (i.e. ‘South Leeds Roofers and Joiners’). You should also make sure to do some research on your competition. How can you make your business stand out from the crowd?

You’ll also need to submit:

  • the memorandum and articles of association – these are legal statements signed by the directors and shareholders that spell out how the company will be run.

Once you have all the information you need…

…you can add your business to the UK company register at the Companies House website. This will cost you £12. But you’ll pay £40 if you decide to register by post.

Oh, and did you know?

We pay the £12 Companies House fee for you when you sign up for a company formation package.


Step 2: Registering with the Taxman

Right, so you’re done adding your business to the UK company register with Companies House.

Now it’s time to let the taxman know.

Within three months of starting to trade, you need to register your company for corporation tax.

How do I go about it?

The first thing to do is to get hold of 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.

Anything else?

Yes, you should also make sure to register for VAT if your company’s annual turnover will exceed £85,000. And while you’re at it, you should register as an employer with HMRC, even if you are the only person who will be drawing a salary.


Step 3: Setting up a Business Bank Account

When registering a limited company, you will also want to set up a business bank account. Keeping your personal and business finances separate will greatly simplify your life, especially when it comes time to prepare your end-of-year accounts.

Make sure to shop around before choosing an account:

The banks are all out there fighting over start-up businesses, so you should be on the lookout for enticing incentives for new joiners.

It’s a good idea to make use of price comparison websites when searching for the best deal.

Most banks will offer an initial period of banking for free, but you should check what they charge for standard business services once that introductory offer ends.

Did you know?

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


Adding Your Business the UK Company Register: A Quick Recap

What information will I need when registering my company with you?

When getting on the UK company register with one of our company formation packages, you’ll need to give us your company name and address, and the names and addresses of the company directors and shareholders.

When should I register the company for Corporation Tax?

Within three months of trading under the company name. HMRC will send you the tax code you’ll need within 14 days of registering the company with Companies House.

Why should I set up a business bank account?

Keeping your business and personal finances separate will make it easier to complete your annual tax returns.

What’s more, there are some great offers out there for new businesses, including the 12 months of free banking you enjoy with a Barclays Business Account for Start-Ups.

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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.

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