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5 Steps to Forming a Company

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1. Company Name

First of all, check if the company name you desire is available using our name search tool on our homepage. If it is already in use, you will have to modify the name and try again.

It is often a good idea to choose a name that describes your business activity, and possibly your business values. Give careful consideration when thinking of localising your company name with the name of your town or city, as you may expand and outgrow it.

It is also important to check if the name is available as a domain name for your website, as matching your company name and website domain name will make it easier for customers to find you on the Internet.

2. Package

Select a company formation package that best suits your requirements. We offer 4 standard packages - please have a look at our package comparison table to assist you with your choice.

The standard packages are designed for those wishing to set up a company limited by shares, which is the most popular type of company; however, we also offer packages for LLPs and limited by guarantee companies.

3. Address Services

You will now be presented with a list of address services you may wish to consider adding to your package:

Registered Office: Protect your home address by using a registered office service. Every company requires a UK registered office address which is displayed on public record and on your stationery and website. Many clients prefer to use one of our addresses for this purpose rather than use their residential address.

Service Address: Every director, secretary or person with significant control, e.g. a shareholder, must provide a residential and a service address. The residential address is held confidentially by Companies House and the service address is placed on public record. Your home address can be used for both purposes; however, you may wish to protect your privacy and use one of our service addresses.

Business Address: If you do not have a commercial business address, you may wish to use one of our prestigious London or Glasgow locations to provide your business with an excellent corporate identity. We will receive all of your general correspondence at your business address, and forward it to you by Royal Mail post on the same day we receive it.

4. Checkout

Checkout and make a payment by credit / debit card via our secure payment page. Immediately upon making payment we will send you an email confirming your payment, a receipted invoice and login details to our online admin portal where you can check on the progress of your order.

5. Enter Company Details

You will then be required to complete our company registration form. This should take no longer than 5 minutes. You will need to provide the details of your registered office and the company director(s) and shareholder(s). To find out what information you require having to hand, please see our company formation checklist.

Usually within 3 to 6 working hours(this is dependent on Companies House workload, and therefore it may take longer), we will send you digital (PDF) copies of your new company incorporation documents by email. Printed and bound documents (if applicable) will be sent to you by first class post within 24 hours. Company seals and loose leaf folders (if applicable) will take up to 48 hours before being dispatched.

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