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Private company limited by shares

This is the most popular type of company structure in the UK. If you want to set up a business with the object of making a profit -this is the one for you.

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Private Limited Company in
3 to 6 Working Hours*

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Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

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 Filing
Fee of £10.00 Included

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Companies House Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

Companies House charge a £10.00 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 Barclays or Lloyds Business Bank Account to one of our packages and get up to 18 months of free business banking.

If you wish to open a free Business Bank Account, we will prepare your application and forward it directly to the bank, as part of your order.

Your dedicated Local Business Manager will then contact you within 48 hours to arrange a meeting to finalise the opening of your account. Most clients are offered a meeting date within 7 to 14 days, and accounts are opened within 1 or 2 days after the meeting.

Please note: This offer is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders. Companies with overseas or nominee 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 between 8 and 21 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
(prev. the Annual Return)

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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. An experienced member of our staff 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.

Free Admin Portal to
Manage your Companies

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Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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

  • Receive reminder emails of key dates and avoid late filing penalties.
  • Manage your companies online by filing Confirmation Statements (prev. the Annual Return) 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.
  • 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.

Google Adwords
Voucher worth £75

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Google Adwords Voucher

Promote your new business online with a Google Adwords Voucher. Spend £25, and get an Adwords Voucher worth £75. We will also provide you with a Google phone setup service to help get your online advertising started.

How it works: As soon as your new company is approved by Companies House, we will send you an order fulfilled email which will include information about Google Adwords and an email address which you should use to claim your Google Adwords voucher. We will then send you a unique voucher code. When you use this code in your Adwords account, Google will credit your account with £75, when you spend £25 on Adwords in your first month.

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.

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Digital Plus
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All Inclusive

£4.49 +VAT

£14.99 +VAT

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£49.99 +VAT

*Most of our company incorporations are approved by Companies House within 3 to 6 working hours, however, this is dependent on Companies House workload, and it may take longer. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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 £35.00 plus VAT. Alternatively, you can use the customer area on our website to prepare and file your Confirmation Statement, and you will only be charged the Companies House filing fee of £10.00.

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.

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

Our relationship with our banking partners does not extend to opening bank accounts for non-UK residents; however, it is possible to open a business bank account if your company does not have any UK resident shareholders or directors. This will involve contacting a bank directly, applying for the account and visiting the UK to meet with a bank and present the shareholders’ original ID and proof of address.

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

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.

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 trading / 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.

Is the bank account guaranteed?

The bank account is not guaranteed. Rapid Formations offers a free bank account referral to Barclays, and the decision to provide business banking facilities is subject to status and each banks' terms and conditions. All clients who open a business bank account via our referral system are eligible for 12 months of free business banking with Barclays. This service is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders.

For further information please see our Barclays page.

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 2017, 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.

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An ideal package for non-UK residents

Our Non-Residents Package, at a cost of £124.99 plus VAT, is specially tailored to suit the needs of non-residents who wish to set up a limited company in the UK. It provides everything you will need to start trading. Some highlights include:

  • A company limited by shares.
  • A Registered Office with free scanning and emailing of official government mail.
  • A Service Address with free scanning and emailing of official government mail.
  • A Business Address service with international mail forwarding.
  • Printed documents delivered with FREE worldwide delivery by a premium courier such as DHL.
  • The preparation and filing of your first Confirmation Statement (prev. the Annual Return).
  • VAT registration, and maintenance of your company records.
  • A FREE consultation with a reputable accountant in London or by Skype.
  • A FREE .com or .co.uk website domain name for 1 year.

What’s included:

Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

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 Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

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Companies House Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

Companies House charge a £10.00 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.

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 set 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.
  • 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

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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 between 8 and 21 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.

London Registered Office Address
(with free scan and email service)**

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London Registered Office
(mail forwarded by scan and email)

This service allows you to maintain the privacy of your home address, by using our prestigious London office location as your company's official registered office address. We will then scan and email all statutory company mail from Companies House and HMRC, free of charge.

Please note:

  1. All official registered office mail from HMRC & Companies House will be scanned and emailed to you free of charge.
  2. Mail will be forwarded on a daily basis.
  3. This service is renewable on a 12 monthly basis at the cost of £39.00.

London Service Address
(with free scan and email service)**

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London Service Address
(mail forwarded by scan and email)

All company directors, secretaries and persons with significant control (e.g. shareholders who own more than 25% of the company’s shares), must provide a service address where statutory mail from Companies House and HMRC can be sent to them personally. This address will appear on public record, so many people prefer not to use their home address.

With this facility, our London Service Address will show on the public record rather than your home address. We will then scan and email all statutory company mail from Companies House and HMRC to you, free of charge.

Please note:

  1. All official service address mail (from HMRC & Companies House) will be scanned and emailed to you, at no extra charge.
  2. Mail will be forwarded on a daily basis.
  3. This service is renewable on a 12 monthly basis at the cost of £26.00.

London Business Address
(with International Mail Forwarding) **

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London Business Address
(with International Mail Forwarding)

Our London mail forwarding service allows you to use our prestigious Covent Garden address for your day-to-day business correspondence. A business address in the heart of London’s West End is an excellent way to improve the image of your company and impress potential clients. All mail will be forwarded to an address of your choice by first class post.

Please note:

  1. The forwarding of all general business mail will be charged at Royal Mail International postal rates plus 15%.
  2. Mail will be forwarded on a daily basis.
  3. This service is renewable on a 12 monthly basis at the cost of £96.00.

Free Express Worldwide courier delivery ***

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Free Express Worldwide delivery

Free Express Worldwide delivery with a premium carrier such as DHL.

We will send your printed company documents, free of charge, to anywhere in the world, using an Express Worldwide service.

Confirmation Statement (prev. the Annual Return)

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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. An experienced member of our staff 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.

Introduction to a Chartered Accountant

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Introduction to a Chartered Accountant

We have partnered with Haines Watts, one of the UK’s top 20 Chartered Accountant firms, who specialise in providing annual accounting and tax services to new businesses.

Within 48 hours of your company being incorporated, Haines Watts will contact you to arrange a free consultation, which can be in person, by telephone or skype. The purpose of the consultation is to introduce their services to you, and also provide you with an opportunity to obtain some free advice on tax and accounting.

Haines Watts have developed affordable accountancy products for micro and small businesses, which also include the free of use of Kashflow accountancy software.

Business finances can often be complex, so having an experienced accountant to look after your accounts and taxation matters can be invaluable for a new business.

Please note: You should negotiate your fees with Haines Watts directly.

Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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

  • Receive reminder emails of key dates and avoid late filing penalties.
  • Manage your companies online by filing Annual Returns 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.
  • 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.

Google Adwords Voucher worth £75

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Google Adwords Voucher

Promote your new business online with a Google Adwords Voucher. Spend £25, and get an Adwords Voucher worth £75. We will also provide you with a Google phone setup service to help get your online advertising started.

How it works: As soon as your new company is approved by Companies House, we will send you an order fulfilled email, which will include information about Google Adwords and an email address which you should use to claim your Google Adwords voucher. We will then send you a unique voucher code. When you use this code in your Adwords account, Google will credit your account with £75, when you spend £25 on Adwords in your first month.

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.

Non-Residents Package £124.99 +VATBuy Now

Barclays and Lloyds Business Bank Accounts

These offers are only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders. Companies with overseas or nominee directors and shareholders are not eligible for this offer.

Did you know there is an alternative to a UK business bank account?

Many non-resident clients open business bank accounts for their new UK limited company - in their own country. To do this, you will require getting your company documents apostilled (legalised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office). Our apostille document service can be purchased in the Checkout area after you purchase the Non-Residents Package. To find out more about Apostille Documents click here.

*Most of our company incorporations are approved by Companies House within 3 to 6 working hours, however, this is dependent on Companies House workload, and it may take longer. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

**All official government mail (registered office and service address mail) will be scanned and emailed to you free of charge. The forwarding of all general business correspondence mail will be charged at Royal Mail International postal rates plus 15%. Mail will be forwarded on a daily basis.

***We will send your printed company documents free of charge using a premium courier such as DHL.

Free .co.uk domain
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Frequently asked questions

Can I register a UK limited company if I do not live in the UK?

Yes. You can set up a UK limited company, however, you need to be 16 years old or over and not be a non-discharged bankrupt. You will also need a UK registered office, which must be a physical address in the UK.

Do I have to use the Non-Residents Package?

No, you can form your company using any of our company formation packages, however, the Non-Residents Package provides you with a full set of address services that you will need to set up and run your company. It is also great value for money.

What is a registered office address?

A registered office is the official address of a UK limited company, where all official government mail from Companies House and HMRC will be sent. It must be a physical address in the UK, however, your company does not need to carry out its business or trade from this address.

If you don’t have a suitable UK address to use as your registered office, don’t worry, the Non-Residents Package includes a registered office, service address and business (trading) address.

What is a service address?

Company directors, shareholders, secretaries and PSC’s (Persons with Significant Control) require providing a service address, when setting up a UK limited company. This address is used by Companies House and HMRC for official correspondence with company officers and shareholders.

Unlike the registered office address, the service address does not need to be in the UK, so you can use your residential address, however, it will be placed on the public record at Companies House.

Will my mail be forwarded to me overseas?

Yes. All mail will be forwarded to your chosen correspondence address, anywhere in the world. The cost of forwarding mail to you, will be the Royal Mail postal charge plus a 15% handling fee.

How much will the Non-Residents Package cost after the first year?

The Non-Residents Package is company formation package, and so it does not renew, however, there are renewable services within the package: The three address services and the Confirmation Statement service. If you choose to renew all 4 services, the cost will be £196.00 plus VAT per year.

Can I open a UK business bank account?

Our relationship with our banking partners does not extend to opening bank accounts for non-UK residents, however, you can open a UK business bank account yourself, although there are certain rules you must adhere to and due to current money laundering regulations, this is not always straightforward:

  1. You must be able to demonstrate you have a genuine trading activity and you are not going to use your UK company and business bank account for a tax avoidance / saving scheme.

  2. You should have a customer in the UK or have the intention to procure customers and properly promote and market your company.

  3. You will need to travel to the UK and meet your chosen bank, and present to them your photo ID (passport or drivers licence) and proof of residential address (utility bill or bank statement which is less than 3 months’ old).

After I have formed my company – do I get any support from Rapid Formations?

Yes. As a client of Rapid Formations, you will get free support by telephone, email or live chat for the lifetime of your company. You will also have free access to our Online Customer Portal where you can make changes to your company, file updates and manage your address service renewals.

Will you file my annual accounts?

We are company formation agents and not chartered accountants, therefore we are not able to prepare and file a company’s annual accounts. We do however, include a free introduction and consultation with a leading firm of chartered accountants in London – as part of the Non-Residents Package. This free consultation can be carried out by skype, telephone or face-to-face at the accountant’s London offices.

Please note, you should agree accountancy fees directly with the firm of chartered accountants.

Are there any extra costs?

The only additional costs, over and above the cost of the Non-Residents Package will be the Royal Mail postal charges (plus 15% handling fee) incurred in forwarding your mail.

Contractors Package £39.99 +VATBuy Now

Ideal for Contractors and Freelancers who want to set up a UK Limited Company

Our Contractors Package provides limited company registration for contractors and freelancers for just £39.99 + VAT. Limited company status will safeguard you against Management Service Company legislation that affects self-employed individuals and sole traders.

It will provide you with a ready-to-trade limited company in the UK, a full set of digital incorporation documents, VAT and PAYE registrations and a Lloyds or Barclays Business Bank Account with up to 18 months of free business banking.

We can also introduce you to an accountant to manage your payroll and prepare annual accounts.

What’s included:

Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

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 Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

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Companies House Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

Companies House charge a £10.00 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 Barclays or Lloyds Business Bank Account to one of our packages and get up to 18 months of free business banking.

If you wish to open a free Business Bank Account, we will prepare your application and forward it directly to the bank, as part of your order.

Your dedicated Local Business Manager will then contact you within 48 hours to arrange a meeting to finalise the opening of your account. Most clients are offered a meeting date within 7 to 14 days, and accounts are opened within 1 or 2 days after the meeting.

Please note:

This offer is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders. Companies with overseas or nominee 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 set 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.
  • 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.

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 between 8 and 21 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.

Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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

  • Receive reminder emails of key dates and avoid late filing penalties.
  • Manage your companies online by filing Annual Returns 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.
  • 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.

Google Adwords Voucher worth £75

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Google Adwords Voucher

Promote your new business online with a Google Adwords Voucher. Spend £25, and get an Adwords Voucher worth £75. We will also provide you with a Google phone setup service to help get your online advertising started.

How it works: As soon as your new company is approved by Companies House, we will send you an order fulfilled email which will include information about Google Adwords and an email address which you should use to claim your Google Adwords voucher. We will then send you a unique voucher code. When you use this code in your Adwords account, Google will credit your account with £75, when you spend £25 on Adwords in your first month.

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 UK.

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.

Contractors Package £39.99 +VATBuy Now

*Most of our company incorporations are approved by Companies House within 3 to 6 working hours, however, this is dependent on Companies House workload, and it may take longer. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

Free .co.uk domain
£75 Google Adwords Voucher

Frequently asked questions

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.

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 £35.00 plus VAT. Alternatively, you can use the customer area on our website to prepare and file your Confirmation Statement, and you will only be charged the Companies House filing fee of £10.00.

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.

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

Our relationship with our banking partners does not extend to opening bank accounts for non-UK residents; however, it is possible to open a business bank account if your company does not have any UK resident shareholders or directors. This will involve contacting a bank directly, applying for the account and visiting the UK to meet with a bank and present the shareholders’ original ID and proof of address.

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

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.

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 trading / 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.

Is the bank account guaranteed?

The bank account is not guaranteed. Rapid Formations offers a free bank account referral to Barclays, and the decision to provide business banking facilities is subject to status and each banks' terms and conditions. All clients who open a business bank account via our referral system are eligible for 12 months of free business banking with Barclays. This service is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders.

For further information please see our Barclays page.

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 2017, 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.

Limited by Guarantee £24.99 +VATBuy Now

Ideal for clubs, workers' co-operatives and other non-profit organisations.

This package is ideal for all types of not-for-profit enterprises like clubs, sporting associations and membership organisations. It provides online incorporation of a company limited by guarantee, a complete set of digital (PDF) and printed company incorporation documents and access to our free Online Admin Portal where you can manage your company after registration.

Printed and bound incorporation documents are delivered free of charge within the UK. Printed and bound incorporation documents can be delivered overseas for the additional charge of Royal Mail postage plus 15%.

Please note: This package provides a standard limited by guarantee company and is not suitable for:

  • 1. A Charity company.
  • 2. A company that requires exemption from using the word ‘limited’ in the company name.
  • 3. A company using the words Association, Benevolent, Federation, Foundation, Society or Trust in the company name.
  • 4. A Right to Manage company.

To form these companies, please call our customer service team at 020 7871 9990, and we will be happy to assist you.

What’s included:

Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

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 Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

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Companies House Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

Companies House charge a £10.00 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.

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

Digital (PDF) Guarantor Certificate(s)

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Digital (PDF) Guarantor Certificate(s)

A digital version of your original guarantor certificate(s), proving you are a guarantor member of the limited company and detailing the amount guaranteed.

The following information is included in this document:

  • Certificate number.
  • Registered company name.
  • Registration number.
  • Name and address of guarantor.
  • Date of issuing guarantee.
  • Amount of guarantee.

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.
  • Share Certificate(s).

Printed Guarantor Certificate(s)

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Printed Guarantor Certificate(s)

A printed version of your original guarantor certificate(s), proving you are a guarantor member of the limited company and detailing the amount guaranteed.

The following information is included in this document:

  • Certificate number.
  • Registered company name.
  • Registration number.
  • Name and address of guarantor.
  • Date of issuing guarantee.
  • Amount of guarantee.

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 set 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.

Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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

  • Receive reminder emails of key dates and avoid late filing penalties.
  • Manage your companies online by filing Annual Returns 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.
  • 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.

Google Adwords Voucher worth £75

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Google Adwords Voucher

Promote your new business online with a Google Adwords Voucher. Spend £25, and get an Adwords Voucher worth £75. We will also provide you with a Google phone setup service to help get your online advertising started.

How it works: As soon as your new company is approved by Companies House, we will send you an order fulfilled email which will include information about Google Adwords and an email address which you should use to claim your Google Adwords voucher. We will then send you a unique voucher code. When you use this code in your Adwords account, Google will credit your account with £75, when you spend £25 on Adwords in your first month.

Free .com or .co.uk Domain Name

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FREE .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.

Limited by Guarantee £24.99 +VATBuy Now

*Most of our company incorporations are approved by Companies House within 3 to 6 working hours, however, this is dependent on Companies House workload, and it may take longer. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

Free .co.uk domain
£75 Google Adwords Voucher

Frequently asked questions

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.

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 £35.00 plus VAT. Alternatively, you can use the customer area on our website to prepare and file your Confirmation Statement, and you will only be charged the Companies House filing fee of £10.00.

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.

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

Our relationship with our banking partners does not extend to opening bank accounts for non-UK residents; however, it is possible to open a business bank account if your company does not have any UK resident shareholders or directors. This will involve contacting a bank directly, applying for the account and visiting the UK to meet with a bank and present the shareholders’ original ID and proof of address.

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

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.

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 trading / 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.

Is the bank account guaranteed?

The bank account is not guaranteed. Rapid Formations offers a free bank account referral to Barclays, and the decision to provide business banking facilities is subject to status and each banks' terms and conditions. All clients who open a business bank account via our referral system are eligible for 12 months of free business banking with Barclays. This service is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders.

For further information please see our Barclays page.

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 2017, 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.

Limited Liability Partnership Package (LLP) £29.99 +VATBuy Now

Online LLP formation.

Our Limited Liability Partnership package provides a ready-to-trade LLP, a free draft LLP Agreement, digital and printed incorporation documents, and access to our online admin portal to manage your LLP after the company is formed.

Upon your new LLP receiving approval from Companies House (usually within 3 to 6 working hours) we will forward the company documents and also a draft LLP Agreement to you by email. For those partnerships requiring a formal Agreement, return your completed draft to us by email. We will then prepare two printed copies for you and sent them by 1st class post to your registered office or alternate contact address.

It is not a legal requirement to have a formal LLP Agreement, however, it is required if you need to divide the share of profits and capital other than equally.

Please note: We will forward your printed and bound LLP documents to any UK address free of charge. If you require these documents posted overseas, a supplementary charge or Royal Mail postal charges +15% will apply.

What’s included:

Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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Private Limited Company in 3 to 6 Working Hours*

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. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

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 Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

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Companies House Filing Fee of £10.00 Included

Companies House charge a £10.00 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 Barclays or Lloyds Business Bank Account to one of our packages, and get up to 18 months of free business banking.

If you wish to open a free Business Bank Account, we will prepare your application and forward it directly to the bank, as part of your order.

Your dedicated Local Business Manager will then contact you within 48 hours to arrange a meeting, to finalise the opening of your account. Most clients are offered a meeting date within 7 to 14 days, and accounts are opened within 1 or 2 days after the meeting.

Please note:

This offer is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders. Companies with overseas or nominee 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 (Word) Draft LLP Agreement

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Digital Draft LLP Agreement

As soon as your new LLP is approved by Companies House, we will send you a draft LLP Agreement, along with your other company documents, by email.

If you decide you would like your LLP to have a formal Agreement, return your completed draft to us by email. We will then prepare two printed copies for you, and send them to you by 1st class post.

It is not a legal requirement to have a formal LLP Agreement; however, it is required if you need to divide the share of profits and capital other than equally.

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.
  • Share Certificate(s).

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.

2 x Printed copies of the LLP Agreement (if required)

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2 x Printed copies of the LLP Agreement (if required)

If you decide you would like your LLP to have a formal Agreement, return your completed draft to us by email. We will then prepare two printed copies for you and send them to you by 1st class post.

It is not a legal requirement to have a formal LLP Agreement; however, it is required if you need to divide the share of profits and capital other than equally.

Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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Free Admin Portal to Manage your Companies

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

  • Receive reminder emails of key dates and avoid late filing penalties.
  • Manage your companies online by filing Annual Returns 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.
  • 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.

Google Adwords Voucher worth £75

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Google Adwords Voucher

Promote your new business online with a Google Adwords Voucher. Spend £25, and get an Adwords Voucher worth £75. We will also provide you with a Google phone setup service to help get your online advertising started.

How it works: As soon as your new company is approved by Companies House, we will send you an order fulfilled email which will include information about Google Adwords and an email address which you should use to claim your Google Adwords voucher. We will then send you a unique voucher code. When you use this code in your Adwords account, Google will credit your account with £75, when you spend £25 on Adwords in your first month.

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.

Limited Liability Partnership Package (LLP) £29.99 +VATBuy Now

*Most of our company incorporations are approved by Companies House within 3 to 6 working hours, however, this is dependent on Companies House workload, and it may take longer. If it is of great importance that your company is incorporated as soon as possible or on the same day, we always recommend you add the Guaranteed Same Day Service to your order.

Free .co.uk domain
£75 Google Adwords Voucher

Frequently asked questions

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.

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 £35.00 plus VAT. Alternatively, you can use the customer area on our website to prepare and file your Confirmation Statement, and you will only be charged the Companies House filing fee of £10.00.

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.

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

Our relationship with our banking partners does not extend to opening bank accounts for non-UK residents; however, it is possible to open a business bank account if your company does not have any UK resident shareholders or directors. This will involve contacting a bank directly, applying for the account and visiting the UK to meet with a bank and present the shareholders’ original ID and proof of address.

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

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.

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 trading / 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.

Is the bank account guaranteed?

The bank account is not guaranteed. Rapid Formations offers a free bank account referral to Barclays, and the decision to provide business banking facilities is subject to status and each banks' terms and conditions. All clients who open a business bank account via our referral system are eligible for 12 months of free business banking with Barclays. This service is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders.

For further information please see our Barclays page.

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 2017, 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.

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