A limited company with registered office and service address, perfect for protecting the privacy of your home address.
Our Privacy Package plus printed company documents and the filing of the first confirmation statement.
Providing a limited company, registered office, service address, business mail forwarding address and VAT registration.
The ultimate, providing everything in the Prestige Package and 1st Formations will act as your company secretary.
A unique package for non-residents who wish to set up a UK limited company. Complete with printed company documents, 3 address services and VAT registration.
An ideal package for professionals who require limited liability, including printed LLP documents and a free draft LLP Agreement.
Our Limited by Guarantee package is ideal to set up a LTD company for non-profit purposes, including printed company documents.
If you are not confident in forming a company on your own - call our friendly team
and we will complete your order by telephone.
Begin by searching for your company name to see if it is available for registration.
Select the package that is right for you. We have a range of different options.
Proceed to checkout. You will also have the option to add additional services.
Quickly fill in your company details and let us take care of the rest.
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The main benefit of forming a limited company is the protection provided by limited liability. This means if your business runs into financial trouble, your personal assets will not be at risk. Other benefits include enhanced credibility and tax efficiency.
A company limited by shares is the most popular type of limited company. 'Limited by shares' simply means the liability of the owners is limited to the nominal value of the shares issued by the company.
It usually takes 3 to 6 working hours to form a company with 1st Formations; however, this is dependent on Companies House workload on the day, and it can take up to 24 hours.
Yes. One person can form a limited company in the UK. You will need at least one director, who can also be the company’s shareholder (owner).
A limited company must issue at least one share. If there is more than one shareholder, it requires to issue at least one share per shareholder. It is often recommended to issue more than the minimum number of shares to avoid the need to issue more in the future.
No. You can form a company as a non UK resident from most locations in the world. However, you will require to have a UK registered office address, which 1st Formations provides in most our company formation packages. Have a look at our Non-Residents Package.
We accept all major credit and debit cards including Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, and American Express.
There is no legal obligation for a limited company to open a business bank account; however, in practice it is almost impossible to operate without one. A limited company is a separate legal entity from its owners, therefore you should keep your personal and business finances separate.
You can start trading through your new limited company immediately after it is registered at Companies House.
The annual filing requirements for a limited company are the confirmation statement, annual accounts and Corporation Tax Return.
1st Formations provide many services to help you set up, maintain and develop your
company after incorporation. Here is a selection of our most popular services.
1st Formations are authorised Companies House formation agents, and we are also a member of ACRA (the Association of Company Registration Agents) ensuring our company documentation is of the highest quality, always up-to-date and compliant with current regulations and legislation.
We are available and ready to support you every step of the way; from tentative initial enquires, to helping you choose a package, to guiding you through the company formation process.
If you need any assistance or you would like to form your company by telephone with one of our experts, give us a call at 020 3897 2233.
It’s a simple matter of following our simple 4 step company formation process: Go to our homepage and find out if your company name is available; choose a package; select any company services you may require, checkout and pay; and complete our online application form. This should take you no more than 15 minutes and your new company should be ready to trade in 3 to 6 working hours.
As soon as your new company is incorporated, we will send you a digital copy of your company documents. Printed documents will take between 24 to 48 hours to reach you by post, and if your package included any address services, these will be set up for you within 3 to 5 working hours.
Let’s just say our journey together has just started! 1st Formations provides free customer support for the lifetime of your company. So please call or email us if you need help.
We also provide a free Online Company Manager facility for all customers, where they can maintain and update their company records and details, without having to login and navigate Companies House website, and a full range of company services.