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Limited companies are the most common form of registration at Companies House. They are suitable for Medium, Small and Micro Businesses. Simple to set up. Only one individual is required for a company to be registered. However, there are no limits to the number of directors and shareholders you can have. Your limited company will be registered and ready to trade within one working day, subject to the workload of Companies House. Clients, suppliers and banks will be able to see your company’s official details on the Companies House website within one working day of its registration.
Maintain your privacy with this package. We provide a Central London registered office address for your company and free service addresses for all your officers and shareholders. Official post will be securely processed for you. There are no charges for using our service to make officer resignations and appointments.
This package provides a ready to trade limited liability company with an application to register it for VAT. If your company will be supplying goods and services in the UK and your expected sales will exceed £85,000, you will be required to register for VAT. You can still register for VAT if you expect sales to be below the £85000 threshold when it is beneficial to do so. Please note that we do not offer VAT advice, merely a registration service.
Limited Liability Partnerships tend to be used by large professional partnerships such as accountants, solicitors, engineering companies and surveyors. They do not require articles of association. They can be set up online and without the need for paperwork or signatures. There must be at least two “designated” partners (also known as members) to form an LLP. Designated partners perform statutory functions such as filing documents with Companies House. In some Partnership Agreements where there are a small number of members it is not uncommon for all members to be designated members. There can be more (the Companies Acts do not provide for a maximum number) but they need not be designated. Your limited liability partnership (LLP) will be formed and ready to trade within 1 working day (24hrs), subject to the work load of Companies House.
Maintain your and your partners' privacy with this package. We provide a Central London registered office address for your company and free service addresses for all your partners. Official post will be securely processed for you. There are no charges for using our service to make changes to update information about partners when Companies House need to be notified.
This type of company is ideal for sports clubs, trade associations and social clubs. Donors, your fellow guarantors and grant providers will be able to look up your company's details at Companies House within one working day of registration. To show that the guarantors are not personally liable for their debts, this type of guarantee company is obliged to add the suffix "LBG" or "limited by guarantee" at the end of its name. A guarantor's liability is limited to their contribution, usually £1.
Use this service to form a guarantee company exempt from the requirement to display the "LBG" suffix after its name. To qualify for the suffix exemption, a company's objects should be promoting or regulating commerce, art, science, education, religion, charity, or any profession. We will supply the appropriate Articles of association to the Registrar of Companies. When you make your order, you will be prompted to provide the key objects of your company.
We can now offer the services of our affiliated accountants to register your charity with the Charity Commission. Our affiliates have worked with many charities, and one of their team has served as a trustee of several registered charities.
Form a Community Interest Company (CIC) that is limited by guarantee. The inability to distribute profits via dividends makes CICs limited by guarantee more attractive to grant providers. A company can only be registered if the CIC Regulator at Companies House approves the documentation and objects of the company. Our service includes the company's formation with the correct paperwork and the application to the CIC Registrar for approval. Companies House have two systems for approving a CIC. If the company has five or fewer officers (guarantors and directors) and those officers are individuals and not corporate bodies, the process can be completed in 3 or 4 days. If there are more than five officers, the entire process may take three or four weeks.
Form a Community Interest Company (CIC) that is limited by shares. The conventional share structure and ability to issue dividends makes this type of company attractive to social entrepreneurs. This type of company can attract investors more easily than a company that is limited by guarantee, and directors can be paid market rate salaries. Our service includes the company's formation with the correct paperwork and the application to the CIC Registrar for approval. Completion time is as set out above.
This pack is for clients who are not resident in the UK but wish to have a UK company. A UK company does not require any UK nationals or residents. It can be registered by one person only, who will be the sole shareholder and director. The only requirement is a UK address. This pack includes our central London address.
This pack is for clients who are not resident in the UK but wish to have a UK registered partnership with limited liability (LLP). A UK LLP does not require any UK nationals or residents. Two or more overseas residents or companies can register a UK LLP. The only requirement is a UK address. This pack includes our central London address.
This pack enables you to register a company with multiple share classes. Often known as "alphabet shares", each share class can have different voting rights and dividend rights. You will have to enter the various rights attached to each share class during the ordering process.
This service allows you to incorporate a company using your own or bespoke Articles of Association. There can be significant consequences to the running of a company when varying the standard Articles of Association as with any legal agreement. This pack is intended for the use of our professional clients or clients that have consulted professional advisers. We are not able to advise you on the drafting of Articles of association.
Maintain your privacy by using our registered office service. All UK companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs) registered at Companies House need a registered office in the UK. All registered office addresses are shown on the Companies House website, making them public information accessible to anyone, including customers and creditors. The registered office is the company’s official address, and all official communications will be sent to that address. The registered office address must be a physical address that has a street address and a post code. It cannot be a PO Box address. The address must be capable of having official documents served on the directors, which means that a document can be signed for and bought to the attention of a director. A company’s registered office can be the home address of the company’s owners.
This service is available for businesses that are not registered at Companies House. So it can be utilised by Sole traders,Partnerships,Trusts and Associations
If your company has been dissolved (struck off) then we can help with the restoration of your company. We specialise in the Administrative Restoration of UK companies (excluding Scotland and Northern Ireland). We can help have your company restored to the register if your company was struck off due to non compliance at Companies House (ie late or non filing of required documents).
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Register your company in the UK, with our central London registered office address at the best possible prices. Use our quick and simple online company formation process and your UK company will be registered and ready to start trading in no time.
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The simple reason for choosing a company formation agent to incorporate a company is the additional level of support you will receive. Company formation agents are rewarded for the support with the sale of services and facilities that new businesses are likely to require and which Companies House cannot provide such as:
Our team have been supplying address and company formation services since 2011. We signed up with Trustpilot in 2013 when we received our first 5 star review, so our history is clear to see.
Most of our company formation clients prefer to buy our registered office service when they apply to register a company. The key to providing an address service is how client post is handled. Our basic address service comes with several upgrades that clients find particularly useful. Our service has evolved over time to suit all our clients' needs. Clients who travel a lot or are based outside the UK are particularly well catered for. Our various address services are detailed on other pages of our website.
Our office is located in the heart of London's medical and professional services district. Choose our address service with your company formation to give your clients confidence in you.
We have made a considerable effort over the years to keep our prices amongst the lowest of any company formation agent in London.
In addition to company formation, we have become specialists in the following:
We are authorised by Companies House to provide company formation services.
Like most company formation agents, we provide each client with a free portal with which they can administer all their companies for the life of those companies.
You will need a limited company to protect yourself and your personal assets from debts that can arise from being in business. There are many advantages to using limited companies for your trading activities, but debt protection is one the main ones.
It can take as little as 24 hours to form a company, but it depends on many factors. When you place an order with a company formation agent such as us, you can do so at any time; our websites are 24/7, but we submit those orders to Companies House, which does not operate a 24/7 service. Their office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m and they are closed on bank holidays. So if you place an order with us on a Friday night, companies House will not process it until Monday. Furthermore, there are times when Companies House is very busy and the processing time takes longer. Delays can also arise if there are IT glitches at Companies House. In our experience, IT glitches at Companies House are very rare.
As soon as you receive an email with your Certificate of Incorporation, your company can start trading. It can immediately enter into contracts, make sales, employ staff and buy goods and services. It has full legal capacity even though it does not yet have a bank account.
There are three types of company you can form on our website.
For this information, go to our guide BEFORE YOU START.
If you form a company and keep it dormant because you change your mind about trading, you can ask us to dissolve it for you. Our charge for this service is £36+vat plus £10 companies house filing fee.
Start trading as soon as your company is formed. Companies House takes three hours to one working day to process our orders and create a company. The time taken is subject to their workload and opening hours. Once your company is incorporated (registered) at Companies House, it can start trading because it has the legal capacity to enter into contracts, employ staff, make sales and open bank accounts.
Companies House charge a fee of £12 for forming a company. They charge formation agents less. Our prices include the Companies House fee, and you will not have to pay extra.
Our service includes emailed pdf copies of your Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum and Articles of Association (your company's constitution), Share certificates, statutory books, PSC register etc.
All clients receive a free online administration portal linked to Companies House to make changes to their companies.
Your register of Persons of Significant Control is included with your company documents. All companies require this register.
Email, chatbox and telephone support to assist you with maintaining your Companies House records via your company portal.
The web authentication code is a six digit alphanumeric code issued to each company. The code is used to authorise information filed online and is the equivalent of a company officer's signature.
Choose from several banks to open a business bank account. Various options are available to UK residents, including high street banks, the latest fintech banks and banks offering non-status accounts.
If you intend to accept payment by debit and credit cards, you will need a merchant account. We have several affiliates offering merchant account services.
If you intend to employ staff or pay yourself as a director a salary over £183 per week, you will need to register for PAYE operate a payroll scheme. Free up your time by letting our affiliate payroll company operate your payroll.
Our affiliate accountants offer a free one-hour consultation to our new clients. Get ahead of your compliance obligations with an online or face to face meeting.
Included with our registered office service is a free service address for all your company officers and shareholders to maintain their privacy. This service is available no matter how many officers you have, and there are no charges for the second and subsequent years.
Use our registered office service, and your address will appear as YOUR COMPANY NAME LTD, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX. Our address is in London's prestigious business district.
Unless you opt for one of our other services, we will scan your official post and place it in our secure docustore system for you to access and download.
Whenever you receive an item of official post, you will be notified so that you can log in to your docustore account to retrieve it.
Our document storage system allows you to keep your correspondence safe and secure, and accessible whenever you need it and, providing you have access to the internet, wherever you are. There is no need to search your email box for post; simply log into your docustore account, and it will be there.
If you have been struck off involuntarily by Companies House, it is usually because you have failed to comply with their filing requirements. We will get a list of the missing documents and any penalties outstanding resulting from the missing paperwork.
We will complete the application to Companies House to restore your company on your behalf.
We will apply to the Treasury Solicitor to obtain consent to return assets to the restored company. When a company is struck off, its assets become the property of the Crown.
There will probably be some filing fees and penalties owing to Companies House, which will need paying before your company can be restored. There will also be some forms that need submitting to make the company compliant with the Companies Acts. We can assist you with these and submit them on your behalf.