5 Steps to Forming a Company
1. Company Name
First of all, check if the company name you desire is available using our name search tool on our homepage. If it is already in use, you will have to modify the name and try again.
It is often a good idea to choose a name that describes your business activity, and possibly your business values. Give careful consideration when thinking of localising your company name with the name of your town or city, as you may expand and outgrow it.
Select a company formation package that best suits your requirements. We offer 4 standard packages - please have a look at our package comparison table to assist you with your choice.
3. Address Services
You will now be presented with a list of address services you may wish to consider adding to your package:
Registered Office: Protect your home address by using a registered office service. Every company requires a UK registered office address which is displayed on public record and on your stationery and website. Many clients prefer to use one of our addresses for this purpose rather than use their residential address.
Service Address: Every director, secretary or person with significant control, eg. a shareholder, must provide a residential and a service address. The residential address is held confidentially by Companies House and the service address is placed on public record. Your home address can be used for both purposes; however, you may wish to protect your privacy and use one of our service addresses.
5. Enter Company Details
You will then be required to complete our company registration form. This should take no longer than 5 minutes. You will need to provide the details of your registered office and the company director(s) and shareholder(s). To find out what information you require having to hand, please see our company formation checklist.
Usually within 3 to 6 working hours (dependent on Companies House workload it may take longer), we will send you digital (PDF) copies of your new company incorporation documents by email. Printed and bound documents will be sent to you by first class post within 24 hours. Company seals and loose leaf folders will take up to 48 hours before being dispatched.
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