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Private Limited Company

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Private Limited Company

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.

A limited company is a separate legal entity from its owners, so your personal assets will be protected by the limited financial liability status of the new company.

Companies House £12.00 Filing Fee

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Companies House Filing Fee of £12.00 Included

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

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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.

Digital Certificate of Incorporation

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Digital Certificate of Incorporation

A digital (PDF) version of the Certificate of Incorporation, delivered to you by email. This is the main document which proves your company's existence. It is sometimes referred to as your company's birth certificate.

Information included in this document:

  • Company name.
  • Company registration number.
  • The situation of the registered office – England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
  • Date of incorporation.
  • Company structure, e.g. Limited by shares.
  • The Registrar – Companies House Cardiff, Edinburgh or Belfast.
  • The Companies Act under which the company is registered – Companies Act 2006.
  • Official seal of the Registrar of Companies.
  • Royal Coat of Arms.

Digital Memorandum & Articles of Association

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Digital (PDF) Memorandum & Articles of Association

A digital version of the memorandum & articles of association, delivered to you by email. These documents form a company’s constitution and are the main documents required to incorporate a company under the Companies Act 2006.

This memorandum of association states the intention of the subscribers to form a company, become a member of that company and agree to take at least one share each.

The articles of association sets out the rules on how the company should be governed. It also details the rights and responsibilities of its directors and owners.

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.

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….

Printed Certificate of Incorporation

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Printed Certificate of Incorporation

This is the main document which proves your company's existence. It is sometimes referred to as your company's birth certificate. We recommend having a printed version of this original document for display purposes, and another copy available for use with banks or other institutions.

  • Company name.
  • Company registration number.
  • The situation of the registered office – England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
  • Date of incorporation.
  • Company structure, e.g. Limited by shares.
  • The Registrar – Companies House Cardiff, Edinburgh or Belfast.
  • The Companies Act under which the company is registered – Companies Act 2006.
  • Official seal of the Registrar of Companies.
  • Royal Coat of Arms.

Printed Memorandum & Articles of Association

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Printed Memorandum
& Articles of Association

A printed version of the memorandum & articles of association, delivered to you by post. These documents form a company’s constitution and are the main documents required to incorporate a company under the Companies Act 2006.

This memorandum of association states the intention of the subscribers to form a company, become a member of that company and agree to take at least one share each.

The articles of association sets out the rules on how the company should be governed. It also details the rights and responsibilities of its directors and owners.

Given the importance of this document, it is advisable to have a printed copy.

Printed Minutes of First Board Meeting

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Printed Minutes of First Board Meeting

A printed version of your company's initial board meeting minutes, showing the first resolutions passed for your company. This is an important document and we recommend a printed version should be kept with your other formation documents.

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.

VAT Registration

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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

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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.

Confirmation Statement

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Confirmation Statement (Preparation & Filing)
Previously known as the Annual Return

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.

The Confirmation Statement should not be confused with the annual accounts, which are financial documents, usually prepared by an accountant.

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.

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.

Free Support for the Life of your Company

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Free 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 .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.

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
  • Companies House £12.00 Filing Fee
  • FREE Business Bank Account
  • Digital Certificate of Incorporation
  • Digital Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Digital Share Certificate(s)
  • Free Client Portal to Manage your Companies
  • Free Support for the Life of your Company
  • Free .com or .co.uk Domain Name

Digital Plus

£15.99

Provides a Limited company and delivers a full set of company documents by email.

What's included Buy Now
  • Private Limited Company
  • Companies House £12.00 Filing Fee
  • FREE Business Bank Account
  • Digital Certificate of Incorporation
  • Digital Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Digital Share Certificate(s)
  • Digital Company Register with First Entries
  • Digital Minutes of First Board Meeting
  • Legal Contracts and Notices Package
  • Free Client Portal to Manage your Companies
  • Free Support for the Life of your Company
  • Free .com or .co.uk Domain Name

Print

£19.99

A Limited company with both digital and printed documents - perfect for opening your bank account.

What's included Buy Now
  • Private Limited Company
  • Companies House £12.00 Filing Fee
  • FREE Business Bank Account
  • Digital Certificate of Incorporation
  • Digital Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Digital Share Certificate(s)
  • Digital Company Register with First Entries
  • Digital Minutes of First Board Meeting
  • Legal Contracts and Notices Package
  • Printed Certificate of Incorporation
  • Printed Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Printed Minutes of First Board Meeting
  • Printed Share Certificate(s)
  • Free Client Portal to Manage your Companies
  • Free Support for the Life of your Company
  • Free .com or .co.uk Domain Name

All Inclusive

£49.99

A Limited company with everything you need to get started, including VAT & PAYE Registration.

What's included Buy Now
  • Private Limited Company
  • Companies House £12.00 Filing Fee
  • FREE Business Bank Account
  • Digital Certificate of Incorporation
  • Digital Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Digital Share Certificate(s)
  • Digital Company Register with First Entries
  • Digital Minutes of First Board Meeting
  • Legal Contracts and Notices Package
  • Printed Certificate of Incorporation
  • Printed Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Printed Minutes of First Board Meeting
  • Printed Share Certificate(s)
  • VAT Registration
  • PAYE Registration
  • Confirmation Statement
  • Free Client Portal to Manage your Companies
  • Free Support for the Life of your Company
  • Free .com or .co.uk Domain Name

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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 All Inclusive Package, it 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.

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 from 1st April 2019, 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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