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Quick guide to our
company formation packages

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Digital

£12.99
  • LTD Company
  • Digital Company Documents

Privacy

£19.99
  • LTD Company
  • Digital Company Documents
  • Registered Office & Service Address

Professional

£44.99
  • LTD Company
  • Digital & Printed
    Company Documents
  • Registered Office & Service Address
  • Confirmation Statement

Prestige

£69.99
£119.99 40% OFF
  • LTD Company
  • Digital & Printed
    Company Documents
  • Registered Office & Service Address
  • Confirmation Statement
  • Business Address
  • VAT Registration
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All Inclusive

£139.99
£229.99 40% OFF
  • LTD Company
  • Digital & Printed
    Company Documents
  • Registered Office & Service Address
  • Confirmation Statement
  • Business Address
  • VAT Registration
  • PAYE Registration
  • Full Company
    Secretary Service
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Our company formation packages

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  • LTD Company
  • Digital Company Documents
  • LTD Company
  • Digital Company Documents
  • Registered Office & Service Address
  • LTD Company
  • Digital & Printed
    Company Documents
  • Registered Office & Service Address
  • Confirmation Statement
  • LTD Company
  • Digital & Printed
    Company Documents
  • Registered Office & Service Address
  • Confirmation Statement
  • Business Address
  • VAT Registration
  • LTD Company
  • Digital & Printed
    Company Documents
  • Registered Office & Service Address
  • Confirmation Statement
  • Business Address
  • VAT Registration
  • PAYE Registration
  • Full Company
    Secretary Service
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We make company formation easy

1

Company Name

Begin by searching for your company name to see if it is available for registration.

2

Select Package

Select the package that is right for you. We have a range of different options.

3

Checkout

Proceed to checkout. You will also have the option to add additional services.

4

Company Details

Quickly fill in your company details and let us take care of the rest.

Our business banking partners

Pick up a business bank account as part of your company formation and tick off another task on your ‘to do’ list.

We offer up to 8 banking options for your new company, each with simple online account opening. Select a bank today and get your account up and running in a matter of minutes.

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Our business banking partners

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Recent company formation reviews

Take a look at what our customers say after setting up a company with us.

“They guide you if you have any concerns or problems. The process is quick and easy. I would recommend them highly to anyone setting up a company.” (1 February 2022)

SHARON HINDS

Halssa Ltd

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“I looked at a number of organisations that assist with setting up your own company - but 1st Formations was the clearest on guidance and pricing. Extremely efficient.” (29 February 2022)

MICHAEL LITHGOW

Perigree Advisory Services Ltd

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“Made the process of registering a new business extremely simple with great customer service.” (28 January 2022)

CHRIS PARNHAM

PKG Partners Ltd

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“Really simple to use, with clear instructions and great price considering how much they take care of for you.” (27 February 2022)

CHARLES REAMS

Aptometry Ltd

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“Great company and very helpful. I am in the process of moving my other company over to them as they make things so much easier. Very professional and prompt replies.” (4 January 2022)

IAN BUTLIN

Bremont Holdings Ltd

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“I have used 1st Formations a number of times. The process for incorporating a company is clear and fast and their support is excellent.” (22 February 2022)

NICHOLAS BRAINSBY

Your Child's Oncologist Ltd

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“Best service I've ever received! They basically walked me through the entire process of setting up my company very quickly with fast customer support service, would definitely recommend them!” (23 December 2021)

ROMAINE DAWSON

Romaine’s Ecommerce Ltd

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“I've formed 3 companies via 1st Formations and the service has been exceptional every time. They are by far the best company formation agent I have used.” (16 February 2022)

DAN HARRISON

DPTH Traders

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“Amazing company. Very professional, responsive, and offer excellent service. I would highly recommend them. Thank you for solving my problems.” (16 December 2021)

PATRICK SHELVER

Patrick Shelver Ltd

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“1st Formations made registering a limited company super easy and were very communicative throughout. Would definitely recommend.” (29 January 2022)

MARIE-ANNE MANCIO

Infems Ltd

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The information you need to form a company

Here is what you need to register a company limited by shares - the most popular type of UK company
1st Formations Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Business

A company name that is not already in use at Companies House. You can check the availability for your preferred company name by using our company name checker.

1st Formations Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Business

A registered office address that is a physical address in the UK. Don't worry, most of our packages include a registered office service, for example, the Privacy Package.

1st Formations Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Business

The details of all company officers (directors and secretaries) and shareholders, including full name, residential address, occupation, date of birth and nationality.

Our perfect score

Form a limited company, using the UK's top rated company formation agent. Our customers have given us a perfect 5.0 out of 5 score on Google - the world's most trusted review platform.

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1st Formations because...

We are obsessive
about our customers

The No.1 thing that has made us successful
has been our fanatical focus on the customer.

We have been able to
greatly reduce our prices

As we have grown we've been able to pass
on our economies of scale to the customer.

We have the most knowledgeable
Customer Service Team

Our company formation training programme
is much-admired within our industry.

Business startup guides

Have you got any questions about the company formation process or business
in general? No problem. We’ve written a number of guides to help you start, run and grow your business.

A guide to UK company formation.

A guide to UK company formation

Everything you need to know about setting up a UK limited company. Find out what company formation means, how to pick the perfect name, and what you must do to register a company with Companies House.

10 duties of a company director.

10 duties of a company director

After company incorporation you will immediately take on a number of responsibilities. This is a comprehensive look at everything you need to do in your new role as company director.

How to change from sole trader to limited company.

How to change from sole trader to limited company

The UK limited company structure provides multiple benefits when compared to sole traders, with the biggest being the financial protection it offers its members. Here’s how to make the switch.

The most tax-efficient way to take money from a limited company.

The most tax-efficient way to take money from a limited company

Running as a company limited by shares provides flexibility when it comes to your personal income. This is what you need to know in regards to paying yourself.

7 tips for managing money when starting up a business.

7 tips for managing money when starting up a business

Taking care of a startup can be a culture shock - going from steady, monthly pay to the unknown. We’ve compiled some handy tips to help you manage your money after registering a company.

How to create a website for a new business.

How to create a website for a new business

Congratulations on setting up a company! Now it’s time to get your new business noticed. Here’s what you need to do to build a website that will demand attention.

Frequently asked questions...

Why should I form a limited company?

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.

What is meant by a company limited by shares?

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.

How long does it take to register a 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.

Can I register a company on my own?

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).

What information do I need to set up a company?

  1. A company name that is not currently registered at Companies House. You can check if your company name is available using our company name checker.
  2. A physical address in the UK to use as your registered office address. Most 1st Formations packages include a registered office address service, for example, our Privacy Package.
  3. The details of all directors and shareholders, including full names, residential addresses, occupations, dates of birth and nationalities.

How many shares do I need to issue?

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.

Do I have to be in the UK to form a company?

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.

What methods of payment do 1st Formations accept?

We accept all major credit and debit cards including Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, and American Express.

Do I need a business bank account?

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.

When can I start trading with my new company?

You can start trading through your new limited company immediately after it is registered at Companies House.

What are the annual filings?

The annual filing requirements for a limited company are the confirmation statement, annual accounts and Corporation Tax Return.

Do 1st Formations provide support after I form my company?

Yes, 1st Formations provide full telephone and email support for all customers during the lifetime of their companies. We also provide an Online Company Manager and a full range of company services to help you maintain and develop your company.

Our business partners

We have teamed up with some of the top business brands in
the world to give your new company the best possible chance of success.

The Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Business

Our eBook is available FREE with every company formation package.
1st Formations Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Business

Learn how to cultivate a business idea, create a business plan, explore funding strategies, and start your business, with our comprehensive guide.

We’ll also show you how to set up a company website, sell online, cope with the stress of running your business – and much more.

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What you can expect from us...

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.

Once you are ready to start

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 company registration 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.

After company formation

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.