Registering a company is a simple process...

1. Choose a company name

The first step to setting up a limited company is to check if your desired company name is available. You can do this by typing the name into our company name search tool on our homepage. If the name you have chosen is already taken, you can modify it and continue using the search tool until you find a name that is available for use.

When selecting a company name, think about something that will best describe your business activities or perhaps the core values of your company.

We also recommend checking if the corresponding domain name is available for a company website. It is important that your website domain and company name match, as this will make it much easier for potential customers to find your business online.

2. Select a package

We have four standard formation packages for companies limited by shares; a package for setting up a company limited by guarantee; and a package for registering a Limited Liability Partnership.

Choose the package that is most suitable for your type of company and your specific requirements.

3. Checkout

Proceed to checkout where you will have the option of adding some additional services to your basket before paying by debit or credit card.

After payment is made, you will receive a confirmation email of your purchase, login details to access our Online Company Manager and a receipted invoice.

4. Enter company details

This final stage requires 5 minutes of your time to complete your online company incorporation application. You will be asked to provide your registered office address and details of all company directors and shareholders/members.

For guidance on what you should have to hand, please read our Company Formation Checklist.

What happens next...

Your application will then be sent to Companies House for approval.

Companies House usually take around 3 to 6 working hours to process a new company application, however, this is subject to Companies House workload, and sometimes it can take longer.

Once your company has been incorporated, we will send your company documents, VAT invoice and Webfiling Authentication Code to you by email. Also included, will be details regarding your free .co.uk domain name. If your order includes printed documents, these will be sent to you by post within 24 hours.

If you have opted for the business bank account referral, you will receive an email once your company has been formed, which will include a link to your chosen bank to start your application. Some banks will open your account in minutes, others will take up to 5 days.

Should you have any questions, please call 020 3897 2233.