UK Company Formation

We are the No.1 rated company
formation agents in the UK.

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Company service rating:
9.8 out of 10 based on reviews

Non-Residents Package £199.99

Ideal for overseas clients. With prestige London address services and international mail forwarding.

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Online Company Formation in 3 hours

Step 1: Is your company name available?

Limited Company Packages (Limited by shares)

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Basic Package
£13.99
Ideal for reserving your company name for future use.
Digital Package
£19.99
Delivering a full set of company documents by email.

£42.99

SAVE £23.00

Print Package
£27.99
Perfect to get your bank account and your business trading quickly.

£72.99

SAVE £45.00

All Inclusive Package
£69.99
Everything you need to get started in business including VAT and PAYE registration.

£189.99

SAVE £120.00

Limited by Shares Packages

Basic
Package
£13.99
Ideal for reserving your company name for future use.
Digital
Package
£19.99
Providing a full set of digital company documents.
Print
Package
£27.99
Perfect to get your bank account and your business trading quickly.
All Inclusive
Package
£69.99
Everything you need to get started in business including VAT and PAYE registration.

Other Company Formations Packages

Help & Advice

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Company formation checklist

Our company formation checklist outlines
the exact information you will need at hand
before you start forming your new company.

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Company formation guide

Have a look at our concise company formation guide
to find out just how simple it is to form
your own limited company.

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Online admin portal

All of our packages come with our free online admin portal to help you maintain, develop and oversee your company online.

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How do I get my
company’s unique tax reference?

When you register your new company through
Companies House, HMRC should automatically
send you a Unique Taxpayer Reference.

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Changes to paternity pay
and leave legislation 2015

Qualifying employees across the UK
are now eligible for Shared Parental Leave
and Statutory Shared Parental Pay.

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Guide to maternity pay for
limited companies, LLPs and sole traders

All women must take at least two weeks’
leave following the birth of their child; however,
most are entitled to more.

£55 CashbackIncluding 18 months
of free business banking.

Our step-by-step guide to setting up a company

It could not be easier to register a new company online with Rapid Formations. Simply enter your company name into our name check tool, select a package, add any address services you may require, check out and take 5 minutes to complete your details. Within 3 working hours your new company should be approved by Companies House and your documents will be sent to you by email.

Rapid Formations is one of the UK’s leading company registration agents, providing clients with online company incorporation and address services for registered office, business address and services address. We are a Companies House e-filing partner and so we are able to deliver company documents electronically, allowing you to set up your new company online, without the need for paper forms to sign and post.

About limited companies - Rapid Formations

Is your company name available?

Start by using our company name search tool (see above) to check if your desired name is available or in current use.

If it is available, we will tell you immediately. If it is already taken, we will ask you to try again.

About limited companies - Rapid Formations

Select a package

Select a company formation package that suits your requirements. We offer 4 standard limited company formation packages. See our package comparison table for full details.

The standard packages are for companies Limited by Shares. We also offer LLP and Limited by Guarantee company formation packages.

About limited companies - Rapid Formations

Address services

You may wish to protect your home address from going on public record by using one of our registered offices and/or directors service addresses. The registered office is also displayed on your company stationery and website, so it’s worth considering what address you use for this purpose.

Many clients also choose to buy a business address in order to provide their new company with an excellent corporate identity.

About limited companies - Rapid Formations

Checkout

Check out and make a secure payment by credit/debit card. After payment is made you will receive by email: a payment confirmation, a receipted invoice and login details to our online admin portal.

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Enter your company details

Complete our online application form, where you will provide the details of your registered office and the company director(s) and shareholder(s). This should take no longer than 5 minutes.

To find out what details you require, please see our company formation checklist.

Types of companies we form

Limited by Shares

The easy way to register a company online - Rapid Formations

By far the most popular type of incorporation in the UK is a private company limited by shares, commonly known as a limited company. Its purpose is to make a profit and distribute it to the shareholders. The main advantage of this type of corporate structure is to protect the personal assets of the owners (shareholders) as their liability is limited to the value of the shares issued.

Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)

Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) - Rapid Formations

Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) are increasing in popularity and are ideal for professionals and consultants who wish to retain the flexibility of a traditional partnership, but require the benefits of a limited liability company. Rapid Formations can quickly and easily set up your LLP online - with full Companies House approval in 3 hours.

Limited by Guarantee

Limited by Guarantee - Rapid Formations

A Limited by Guarantee company is very much like a standard limited company, however, it does not have shareholders but instead has guarantors who undertake to contribute an amount of money should the business be wound up. This type of corporate entity is normally used by non-profit organisations such as clubs, associations and charities.

We’re always here to help

Talk or chat to our experts and get answers to your questions

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We’re always here to help

Talk or chat to our experts and get answers to your questions

James Howell, of the Rapid Formations company formation team
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Gordon Andrew, a Rapid Formations company formation executive
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Rebecca Honnan, of the Rapid Formations team

The Rapid Formations Scholarship Programme

At Rapid Formations, we believe in giving back. That’s why we’ve partnered with over 24 of the UK’s top universities to help foster young business talent. Every year, we award twenty scholarships to student entrepreneurs from across the country. To find out if you may be eligible for our scholarship programme, click here.

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Our Scholarship partners

Welcome from the CEO of Rapid Formations

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Yes, we are different...

"While most customer service teams are dominated by junior members of staff, at Rapid Formations our senior people lead from the front. We take personal responsibility for customer satisfaction and spend a good part of everyday talking to customers about their company registration. That may be one of many reasons our customers have voted us the #1 company formation agents in the UK*

Don't believe us? Please take a moment to read a few of our customer reviews or give me a call on
020 7871 9990 to discuss your company setup."

Graeme Donnelly
CEO, Rapid Formations

*Since early 2014 we have been the #1 rated company formation agents on Trustpilot, the consumer review platform, with an Excellent rating of 9.8 out of 10, based on reviews.

Form a company in England
and Wales, Scotland or N. Ireland.

Rapid Formations form companies in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Companies set up in England and Wales will be registered at Companies House in Cardiff, Scottish Companies at Companies House Edinburgh, and Northern Ireland Companies at Companies House Belfast.

We offer online company registration of companies limited by shares and limited by guarantee, and also limited liability partnerships. The online application process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete, with Companies House approval within 3 hours.

Registered office services in
London and Glasgow.

We offer an excellent registered office service for companies incorporating in England and Wales from our location in Covent Garden, London. We also provide a registered office service for companies registered in Scotland at our location on Bath Street in Glasgow’s city centre.

Our services also extend to providing directors service addresses, business addresses and mail forwarding at very competitive rates

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