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Private Limited Company including
Companies House £12.00 Filing Fee

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Private Limited Company including
Companies House £12.00 Filing Fee

Your new company will usually be formed within 3 to 6 working hours; however, this timescale is subject to Companies House workload and it may take longer.

Companies House charge a £12.00 fee for the incorporation of your company. This cost is included in all of our packages. So the price you see is what you pay.

FREE Business Bank Account
from one of our banking partners

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Free Business Bank Account (Optional)

Add a business bank account to one of our packages and get up to 25 months’ of free business banking.

Complete a simple online application form for your chosen bank and we will prepare your application and send it directly to your bank, as part of your order. Our current banking partners are:

Barclays: 12 months’ of free business banking.

TSB: 25 months’ of free business banking.

Mettle (by Natwest): Add receipts to transactions via an App.

Cashplus: No credit checks, with Mastercard Business card.

Revolut: Built-in budgeting via a business account App.

Countingup: Categorise your income and expenses via an App.

CardOne: Comes with Corporate Mastercard and no credit check.

ANNA: Give co-workers their own debit cards and spending limits.

Please note: This offer is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders. Companies with overseas directors and shareholders are not eligible for this offer.

Free .com or .co.uk
Domain Name

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FREE .com or .co.uk Domain Name

We have partnered with Names.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading domain name providers, to offer you a free .com or .co.uk website domain name for 1 year, and help establish the online presence of your new business.

How it works: As soon as your registration is approved by Companies House, we will send you an order fulfilled email, which will include your exclusive voucher and a link to the Names.co.uk website. You should proceed to order your .com or.co.uk domain name and apply the voucher code at checkout. This code will expire in 30 days, so take advantage of the offer and get your .com or.co.uk domain name now.

Please note: The price of a .com or co.uk domain will be £0.00 (Ex VAT) when registered with names.co.uk for 1 year using the voucher code supplied. Discounts apply for the first billing period only and do not apply to renewals. Offer must be redeemed within 30 days and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. This offer may be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of Namesco Limited. Standard terms & conditions apply. Limited to 1 per customer.

Free Telephone Support
for the Life of your Company

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Free Telephone Support for the Life of your Company

At Rapid Formations, we are available to answer any questions by telephone, email or live webchat during all stages of the registration process. Not only that, but you can feel free to consult with us even after your company is registered. We are here to help at any stage during the lifetime of your company.

Free Client Portal
to Manage your Companies

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Free Client Portal to Manage your Companies

You can easily make changes to your companies using our free Online Client Portal, saving money on expensive accountants’ fees in the process. Some of the key features of the Client Portal include:

  • Receive reminder emails of key dates and avoid late filing penalties.
  • Manage your companies online by filing confirmation statements and making changes to the officers, addresses, and accounting dates.
  • Form a new company without the need to re-enter the same information each time.
  • Import an existing company to allow you to manage it and make changes free of charge.
  • View and download your digital company documents - wherever you may be.
  • View and download your digital registered office and business mail - wherever you may be.
  • Purchase additional services and products.
  • View your payment and invoice history, and renew services.

Digital Certificate of Incorporation
and Memorandum & Articles

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Digital Certificate of Incorporation
and Memorandum & Articles

As soon as your company is registered at Companies House we will deliver a digital copy of the following company documents to you by email:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Web Filing Authentication Code (required to use Companies House web filing system)

Digital Share
Certificate(s)

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Digital (PDF) Share Certificate(s)

A digital version of your share certificate(s), which is a legal document certifying ownership of shares within a limited company. A share certificate includes the following information:

  • Certificate number.
  • Company name.
  • Company registration number.
  • Name and address of the shareholder.
  • Issue date of share(s).
  • Number of shares.
  • The class of the share.
  • The nominal value of each share.

Digital Company Register
with First Entries

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Digital (PDF) Company Register with first entries

A digital version of your company's statutory registers, with the first entries completed at the date of incorporation. Our Company Register contains the following documents:

  • Register of Applications and Allotments.
  • Register of Members and Share Ledger.
  • Register of Transfers.
  • Register of Mortgages and Charges.
  • Register of Debentures.
  • Register of Sealings or Executions.
  • Register of Directors.
  • Register of PSC's
  • Share Certificate(s).

Digital Minutes
of First Board Meeting

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Digital Minutes of First Board Meeting

A digital (PDF) version of the minutes of your company's initial board meeting, where the first resolutions for your company were passed.

Printed Certificate of Incorporation
and Memorandum & Articles

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Printed Certificate of Incorporation
and Memorandum & Articles

As soon as your company is registered at Companies House we will deliver by post, your Certificate of Incorporation printed on Companies House approved paper and a bound Memorandum & Articles of Association.

Printed Share
Certificate(s)

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Printed Share Certificate(s)

A printed version of your original share certificate(s), proving ownership of shares within a limited company. A share certificate includes the following information:

  • Certificate number.
  • Company name.
  • Company registration number.
  • Name and address of the shareholder.
  • Issue date of share(s).
  • Number of shares.
  • The class of the share.
  • The nominal value of each share.

Filing of the First
Confirmation Statement

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Filing of the First Confirmation Statement

It is a legal requirement to submit a Confirmation Statement to Companies House at least once each year, keeping them informed and up-to-date with your latest company details.

The Confirmation Statement is basically a snapshot of general information about your company on the date of filing the Statement. It includes details of the company’s principal business activity, directors (and company secretary if applicable), the registered office, share capital, shareholdings and people with significant control.

A member of our Company Secretarial Team will prepare and submit your Confirmation Statement to Companies House before the due date, ensuring this will be done on time and with total accuracy.

Please note: This service is renewable every 12 months and does not include disbursements. Notice will always be given in advance of your renewal date and you will be able to cancel the service.

Legal Contracts
and Notices Package

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Legal Contracts and Notices Package

An invaluable resource for new businesses, this package will save both time and money when it comes to gathering all of the legal documents you need for a functioning business. The legal contracts and notices package provides standard formatted versions of all the legal documents you will need, including:

  • Sales and Service Contracts.
  • Employment Contracts.
  • Health and Safety (policies, statements and assessments).
  • Website Notices (Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Cookies Policy).
  • And more….

GDPR
Compliance Package

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GDPR Compliance Package

This valuable package provides all the guidance and templates your company needs to quickly and inexpensively become fully GDPR compliant.

In May 2018, the UK introduced new legislation based on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), governing how companies collect, process and store data. GDPR significantly increases the responsibilities all companies have when it comes to handling customer and employee data. Breaches of GDPR can lead to very large fines.

Avoid hours of research and fines by using our GDPR guidance and template documents contained within this comprehensive package.

VAT Registration
with HMRC

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VAT Registration

If you need or want to have your company registered for VAT, we will take care of the formalities and process the application on your behalf.

Companies register for VAT due to the following reasons:

  • Turnover is expected to exceed £85,000 in the next 12 months. It is therefore a legal requirement to register for VAT, unless the supplies are exempt.
  • If turnover is expected to be less than £85,000 but the company wants to register voluntarily.

The VAT registration process explained

As soon as your company is incorporated, we will send you a questionnaire by email, asking for some additional information necessary to complete your VAT registration application with HMRC.

We will then apply for your VAT registration online. This process can take up to 30 days.

Once your VAT registration has been approved, we will send your VAT Registration Number to you by email. Your VAT Registration Certificate will be sent to you by post by HMRC.

PAYE Registration
with HMRC

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PAYE Registration

If you would like to pay yourself as a director of the company, or you have employees or other directors who will be taking a salary from your company, it is a legal requirement to register for PAYE with HMRC.

Failure to register for PAYE promptly can result in penalties.

Avoid potential complications by allowing our highly trained staff to take care of the registration on your behalf.

The PAYE registration process explained

As soon as your company is incorporated, we will send you a questionnaire by email, asking for some additional information necessary to complete your PAYE registration application with HMRC.

We will then apply for your PAYE registration online. This process normally takes around 3 weeks and all of your PAYE information will be sent to you by post directly from HMRC.

If your first payday is less than 3 weeks away, do not be concerned. You should process your salary or salaries on the date of your first payday, and complete your PAYE return when you receive your registration information from HMRC. If your first filing is late, HMRC will take into account the timing of your registration, so there should be no issues arising from this filing.

12 Month
Cancellation Protection

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12-month Cancellation Protection

If you change your mind and decide you no longer need your company, within the first 12 months of forming it, we will close the company for you.

Our Company Dissolution Service normally costs £49.99 and so, this item will save you a considerable amount of money.

This product includes the Companies House fee, completion and filing of the DS01 form (the application to strike off a company), Board Resolution to approve the dissolution, and continued use of our Registered Office and Service Address until your company is closed down.

Please note: You must claim your cancellation protection within 12 months of the date of incorporation of your company. This product expires after 12 months and cannot be renewed.

Call Answering with Business
Tel Nr - Free for 1 Month

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Call Answering + Business Tel Nr Free for 1 Month

Two dedicated receptionists will be assigned to your company and will answer your business calls during normal working hours. Your receptionists will answer your calls in your company name and will follow the call instructions provided by you.

After receiving a call, we will transfer and announce the call to you, or alternatively take a message and forward it to you by email or SMS, at no further cost.

Outside normal working hours, we can provide you with a personal voicemail service which your receptionists will manage for you. Voicemail messages will be sent to you by email the following working day.

Alternatively, if you wish to answer out of hours calls yourself, we can easily divert the calls to a number of your choice.

Business Telephone Number

We will also provide you with your own unique 020 London or regional telephone number. You can use this number as your new business number on your company stationery, website, advertising, etc.

Call forwarding will be charged at BT Standard Rates.

Renewals

This service is free (excl. call charges) for the first month, and then will automatically renew every month at a cost of £29.99 plus VAT.

Full Company Secretary Service
for 12 months (worth £149.99)

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Full Company Secretary Service

Our Full Company Secretary Service is our premium service, providing an appointed company secretary to take care of your company, and much more.

What's included

  • An appointed company secretary (RF Secretaries Limited) showing you take your compliance seriously.
  • A dedicated account manager, who is a qualified company secretary or legal executive, on hand to answer your questions and process your instructions.
  • Preparation and filing of your annual Confirmation Statement, including the Companies House filing fee of £13.00.
  • Preparation and delivery (by email) of all five statutory registers, as required by the Companies Act 2006 (including Register of Members and Register of Directors).
  • Maintenance of all five statutory registers for the service period of 12 months.
  • Up to three changes to your company per year, including director appointments, share transfers, and share allotments free of charge (additional transactions thereafter are charged at our standard rates).

Renewal Cost

Our Full Company Secretary Service is renewable on an annual basis at the cost of £149.99. Notice will always be given in advance of your renewal date and you will have the right to cancel the service.

Digital

£12.99

Ideal for registering a company name for future use or forming a dormant company

What's included Buy Now
  • Private Limited Company
  • Digital Company Documents
  • Free Domain Name

Print

£19.99

Provides a limited company with a high quality set of printed and bound company documents.

What's included Buy Now
  • Private Limited Company
  • Digital Company Documents
  • Free Domain Name
  • Digital Company Registers
  • Printed Company Documents

Compliance

£44.99

A Limited company with the peace of mind that all of your statutory filings are covered.

What's included Buy Now
  • Private Limited Company
  • Digital Company Documents
  • Free Domain Name
  • Digital Company Registers
  • Printed Company Documents
  • Legal Contracts & Notices Package
  • VAT Registration
  • Confirmation Statement
  • GDPR Compliance Package

All Inclusive

£89.99

A Limited company with everything you need to get started, including your own Company Secretary

What's included Buy Now
  • Private Limited Company
  • Digital Company Documents
  • Free Domain Name
  • Digital Company Registers
  • Printed Company Documents
  • Legal Contracts & Notices Package
  • VAT Registration
  • Confirmation Statement
  • GDPR Compliance Package
  • PAYE Registration
  • 12 Month Cancellation Protection
  • Full Company Secretary Service

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Frequently asked questions

What information do I need to set up a limited company?

You will need a company name, a registered office address in the UK, and the director / shareholder details (can be the same person), e.g. name, date of birth, occupation, nationality, residential address.

For further details see - Required Information for Company Setup.

Are the package costs one-off, or annual charges?

They are one-off charges, and there are no extra costs payable to form a limited company or LLP.

However, if you purchase the Compliance or All Inclusive Package, they includes the preparation and filing of your company’s first confirmation statement (previously known as the annual return), and you may wish to renew this service for year 2 at a cost of £34.99 plus VAT.

Do I need more than one person to form a limited company?

No, only one person is required. Although all limited companies require at least one director and one shareholder, it is common for one person to perform both roles.

Do I need an accountant?

We recommend the assistance of an accountant with your company’s annual accounts and annual tax return, which will be due for filing (at Companies House and HMRC) 9 months after the end of your first financial year.

We would also recommend an accountant sets up your financial record-keeping and you obtain advice on how to take money out of your limited company.

Rapid Formations provides a free consultation with an accountant - either at one of their offices, or via Skype - where you will be introduced to the accountant's services and you will also have the opportunity to obtain some free tax and accounting advice.

Can I open a bank account in the UK if I don’t live there?

Our relationship with our banking partner TransferWise provides our non-UK resident customers with the facility to open a business bank account.

The application process is online and does not involve the requirement for hardcopy document or a visit to the UK to open an account.

Please have a look at our blog on the subject: Business bank accounts for non-UK residents.

Do I need an accountant?

You do not need an accountant to form a limited company; however, we recommend you use an accountant to assist with your company’s annual accounts and annual tax return, which will be due for filing (at Companies House and HMRC) 9 months after the end of your first financial year.

Rapid Formations provides a free consultation with an accountant - either at one of their offices, or via Skype - where you will be introduced to the accountant's services and you will also have the opportunity to obtain some free tax and accounting advice.

Why do I need to pay for postage with the business address service?

When you purchase our business address service, you are buying the right to use our address as your business address and publish it on your letterheads, invoices and website. We will also receive and log your mail onto our system and send you an acknowledgement that your mail has been forwarded to you.

Unlike our service address and registered office services, we do not include the free forwarding of business mail to you, as we are unable to assess just how much mail each client will receive, and therefore require charging the cost of the Royal Mail postage plus a 15% handling fee for mail forwarding.

Do any of your packages include company address services?

None of our packages include company address services; however, they can be added to any package at discounted prices, during the order process.

If I buy a registered office address, does this cover all of my mail?

The registered office address can only be used for official government mail from Companies House and HMRC. If you also wish to use our address for general business mail, you should purchase the business address service.

Do I need to register my company for VAT?

You do not need to register for VAT until your annual turnover exceeds the VAT threshold, which is £85,000.

You can, of course, decide to register for VAT on a voluntary basis if your turnover is less than the threshold figure. As a VAT registered company, you can reclaim VAT paid on all goods and services purchased by the company.

For further reading on VAT consult the Rapid Formations blog: Do I need to register my limited company for VAT?

How do I reserve a company name?

There is only one way to reserve a company name at Companies House, and that is to actually form a limited company. No facility exists to simply reserve a company name without forming a company.

If you wish to reserve a company name for future use, you should let HMRC know that your company is dormant. Consequently, HMRC will not expect a tax return to be filed, and you will only be liable to file inexpensive 'dormant accounts' instead of annual accounts.

For further reading on dormant companies, have a look at our blog: A guide to dormant companies.

What type of company do I need?

Limited by shares companies:

The vast majority of companies are formed with the objective of making a profit for their shareholders, and a private limited by shares company (also referred to as a 'limited' or 'ltd' company) is the standard corporate vehicle used for this purpose. A limited company is generally suitable to carry out most commercial business activities.

LLPs:

Limited liability partnerships, or LLPs, are similar in structure to a traditional partnership; however, they enjoy the same limited liability of a limited company. They are generally used by professionals such as solicitors, dentists and accountants.

The decision of whether to opt for a limited by shares company or LLP is not straightforward, as there are many differences between the two company types - perhaps the most important being taxation. For further reading on this subject, have a look at our blog: Limited company or LLP?

Limited by guarantee companies:

This type of company is generally used by non-profit organisations such as workers co-operatives, membership organisations including students’ unions, sports clubs, and also charities.

This type of company has no share capital or shareholders, and instead has guarantors who undertake to guarantee a certain amount of money should the company become insolvent.

This type of company has no share capital or shareholders, and instead has guarantors who undertake to guarantee a certain amount of money should the company become insolvent.

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