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Digital

Ideal for reserving a company name for future a future project.

£9.99+VAT

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Digital & Print

Digital and printed company documents. Perfect if you wish to set up a bank account.

£19.99+VAT

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Privacy

Digital and printed documents, with two address services. Protects the privacy of your home address.

£39.99+VAT

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Privacy Plus

Digital and printed documents, two address services and and VAT registration. Protects your privacy and comes with some useful extras.

£59.99+VAT

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All Inclusive

Digital and printed documents, three address services, VAT registration and Confirmation Statement. Everything your new company needs to get started today!

£99.99+VAT

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Private Company
Limited by Shares
Companies House
£10 Filing Fee Included
Free Business
Bank Account
Free Online
Company Manager Facility
£75 Google
Adwords Voucher
Free .co.uk
Domain Name
Email Copy of Certificate
of Incorporation
Email Copy of Memorandum
& Articles of Association
Email Copy of Share
Certificate(s)
Email Copy of Company
Register with First Entries
Printed Certificate
of Incorporation
Printed Share
Certificate(s)
Registered Office Service
Covent Garden, London WC2
1 Nr Service Address
Covent Garden, London WC2
VAT
Registration
Bound Memorandum
& Articles of Association
Printed Minutes of
First Board Meeting
Legal Contracts
and Notices Package
Confirmation Statement
(prev. the Annual Return)
London Business
Address Service

Digital

£9.99+VAT

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Digital & Print

£19.99+VAT

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Privacy

£39.99+VAT

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All Inclusive

£99.99+VAT

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Limited Company Packages

Digital£9.99 +VAT
Ideal for reserving your company name for future use.
Digital & Print£19.99 +VAT
With a full set of digital and printed company documents.
Privacy£39.99 +VAT
Ideal if you want to protect the privacy of your home address.
Privacy Plus£59.99 +VAT
Protects your privacy and comes with some useful extras.
All Inclusive£99.99 +VAT
Everything your new company needs to get started today!

Frequently asked questions

What happens if I make a mistake?

Don’t worry! All mistakes can be fixed after your company is formed, and most of the time it will not cost you anything to rectify matters.

To reduce the risk of errors, we recommend you purchase the pre-submission review service - available at a cost of £5.00 during the ordering process. This will ensure one of our experts reviews your company application and corrects any errors before it is submitted to Companies House.

Can I set up a dormant company?

A dormant company is not a type of company that can be registered at Companies House; however, you can make your new company dormant simply by informing HMRC that you have not started trading, and have no plans to do so in the immediate future. Therefore, you would like them to classify your company as dormant. This can be done after you receive your company’s UTR (unique tax reference) number, which is sent to the registered office around two to three weeks after the date of company incorporation.

How do I keep my home address private ?

All company directors are required to supply two addresses to Companies House: a residential address, which is kept in confidence, and also a service address, which is placed on the public record. You can keep your home address private by using our service address. The best way to do this is by choosing one of our packages that includes a service address at a discounted rate, for example: The Privacy, Privacy Plus or All Inclusive.

If I buy a service address, can I use it for more than one company?

No. If you purchase our service address, one director will be able to use it for one company only. Should you wish to use our address as your service address for another company, a separate purchase is required.

Can I buy a digital package now and upgrade later?

Yes, you can choose a digital package now, and this will provide you with a limited company. If, at a later date, you wish to buy any additional items that are included in more expensive packages, they can be purchased separately from your customer area. However, they will not be available at the discounted rates of the packages.

How long will it take to complete the whole process?

It will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete our online company application form. We will then send the application to Companies House, which will usually take around 3 to 6 working hours to approve a company - although this time period is dependent on Companies House workload, and sometimes, it can take longer. If you need your company to be formed as soon as possible or on a certain date, it is advisable to purchase the guaranteed sameday service. This service can be added to your company package during the order process at a cost of £22.99.

VAT registration usually takes between 10 and 14 days, but can take longer in some instances.

If you order a business bank account referral, you should receive a telephone call within 48 hours from your chosen bank inviting you to a meeting. Lloyds is usually able to offer you a meeting within seven days, and can have your account open at your appointed meeting.

Do I need to sign anything?

Our company formation service is 100% online, and there is no need to supply any documentation or signatures. Just follow our simple 5 step company set up process, and your new company will usually be set up within 3 to 6 working hours (subject to Companies House workload).

When do I get my authentication code?

If you register your company with 1st Formations, your company's authentication code and company documents will be sent to you by email as soon as your application is approved by Companies House. The authentication code will also be available to view in your online customer area on our website.

Companies House also sends the authentication code to the registered office address of all new companies - usually within 14 days of the date of incorporation.

Do I need to provide photo ID and proof of address?

You are only required to provide photo ID and proof of address if you purchase a package that includes one of our address services. Therefore, if you buy the Digital or Digital & Print Package, you will not have to provide anything.

If you buy the Privacy, Privacy Plus or All Inclusive Packages, you must provide ID and proof of address. This is to ensure we fulfil our obligations regarding the Anti-Money Laundering regulations and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements.

How much does it cost, and what do I receive?

You can set up a limited company that is ready to trade from as little as £9.99 plus VAT by choosing our Digital Package. This cost includes the Companies House filing fee, so there is nothing else to pay. As soon as your new company is registered by Companies House (usually within 3 to 6 working hours), you will receive an email containing your certificate of incorporation, a memorandum and articles of association and a share certificate for each shareholder.

You can, of course, choose one of our more comprehensive packages - which will provide many useful services. For example, our All Inclusive Package provides digital and high quality printed company documents delivered by post, a 3nr London address service that will protect your privacy and ensure your company has an excellent corporate image, and much more.

Which type of company is best for me?

If you are forming a company with the objective of making a profit, then the standard company type for most commercial business activities is a private company limited by shares (or, in short, a 'limited' or 'ltd' company). You will find our range of limited company packages above.

For those wishing to form a non-profit company, co-operative, association, membership organisation, etc., the company type you should go for is a private company limited by guarantee. Please have a look at our Limited by Guarantee Package for further information.

1st Formations also provides limited liability partnership (LLP) company registration, which is similar to a traditional partnership, but enjoys the same limited liability as a limited company. This type of company is popular with professionals such as solicitors and accountants. An LLP’s management structure and taxation is very different to a limited company, and it is worth investigating fully before deciding on whether to go Ltd or LLP.

Don't I need a solicitor or accountant to do this?

No. You can very easily form your limited company or LLP from as little as £9.99 plus VAT by using our website, saving you £200 to £300 in solicitor or accountants' fees.

Non-Residents Package

The perfect package for Non-UK residents

We have created a unique package for non-residents who wish to set up a private limited company in the UK. Competitively priced at just £134.99 plus VAT, our Non-Residents Package provides online company registration from anywhere in the world in just 3 to 6 working hours (subject to Companies House workload, it may take longer).

What’s included?

Our Non-Residents Package includes limited company formation with Companies House and a full set of digital company documents delivered to you by email. Printed and bound copies of these documents will be delivered to your overseas address by premium couriers such as Fedex or UPS Express Worldwide services within two to three days of your company's incorporation. You will also receive three London address services; Registered Office, Service Address (for one person), and a Business Address for a period of one year.

Other benefits include free access to our secure Online Company Manager where you can view your company details at any time and inform Companies House of any changes, VAT registration, a Confirmation Statement service at the end of the first year, maintenance of statutory registers, an introduction to a reputable accountant with a free consultation in London or by Skype / telephone, and a Legal Contracts and Notices Package.

How much will I save by choosing this package?

If you were to buy the items included in this package individually, it would cost a total of £548.99. Therefore at a discounted price of £134.99, you will enjoy a huge saving of £414.00 plus VAT.

Non-Residents FAQs

Do I have to live in the UK to register a limited company?

No, you can register a UK limited company from anywhere in the world. The only requirements are that you have one director and one shareholder (the same person can assume both positions) and your company has a registered office address in the UK (included in the Non-Residents Package).

Do I have to use this package to form my company?

No. You can incorporate a limited company using any of our packages, however, this one is specifically designed for non-UK residents and represents the best value for money.

Can I use my home address instead of those provided?

Yes. You can choose to use another address if you would prefer. This applies to your Registered Office, Service Address and Business Address. Please remember, your Registered Office address must be a UK address. The package cost will remain the same should you choose not to use any of the inclusive services.

Will my company mail be forwarded internationally?

All company mail will be forwarded to an address of your choice, anywhere in the world. All mail is covered by one of the three address services included in this package, and will be forwarded at the cost of the Royal Mail postage plus a 15% handling fee.

Do I have to file my company changes with Companies House?

Our free Online Company Manager facility allows you to make changes to your company easily from one centralised login. Just file your updates using our website and we will take care of the rest, making sure everything is kept up to date at Companies House.

This package also includes the preparation and filing of your first Confirmation Statement (previously known as the Annual Return), whereby we will complete your return and ensure it is completed accurately and on time with Companies House.

Will you file my annual accounts?

This package does not cover the filing of company accounts, but we will introduce you to an accountant who can help with this. We have partnered with one of the UK’s top accountancy firms and we will put you in contact with them for a free initial consultation. Please note, you should agree all fees directly with the accountancy firm.

Are there any extra costs?

The only additional charges will be for the forwarding of mail to you at the cost of the Royal Mail postal charge plus 15%.

After the first year, address services can be renewed at the standard cost you see today.

How much will this package cost after the first year?

This package includes three renewable address services and the filing of your Confirmation Statement (previously known as the Annual Return) which can also be renewed on a yearly basis. The cost of renewing all four services after your first year will be £212.00 plus VAT.

Package Features:

Private Company
Limited by Shares
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Companies House
£10 Filing Fee Included
Free Online
Company Manager
Maintain Statutory Books
£75 Google Adwords Voucher
Free .co.uk Domain Name
Email Copy of
Certificate of Incorporation
Email Copy of
Memorandum & Articles of Association
Email Copy of
Share Certificate(s)
Email Copy of
Company Register with First Entries
Printed Share Certificate(s)
Printed Certificate of Incorporation
Printed & Bound Copies of the
Memorandum & Articles of Association
VAT Registration
Confirmation Statement
(prev. the Annual Return)
Introduction to a Chartered Accountant
Legal Contracts
and Notices Package
London Registered Office Address
(with International Mail Forwarding)*
London Service Address
(with International Mail Forwarding)*
London Business Address Service
(includes International Forwarding)*
Free Express Worldwide
Courier Delivery**

* All mail will be forwarded to you at Royal Mail International postal rates plus 15% handling charge.

** Your printed company documents will be sent to you free of charge by premium courier such as Fedex or UPS.

Non-Residents Package

Proof of ID and address

To ensure we fulfil our obligations regarding The London Local Authorities Act, and the current Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements, we require obtaining proof of ID and proof of address from clients who use our address services. The required documents are detailed in the welcome email we send all address service customers. For further information on ID requirements please click here.

Lloyds and Barclays Business Bank Accounts

These offers are only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders. Companies with overseas or nominee directors and shareholders are not eligible for this offer.

LLP Package

Limited liability partnership package

Our Limited Liability Partnership formation package, at a cost of £34.99 plus VAT, is ideal for any types of professions that would normally operate as a traditional partnership but whose members require limited liability.

It provides registration with Companies House in just 3 to 6 working hours (subject to Companies House workload, it may take longer) and includes a free draft LLP Agreement, digital and printed LLP documents, and access to 1st Formations online Company Manager to maintain and update your LLP details.

As soon as Companies House approves your new LLP registration, we will send your Certificate of Incorporation, LLP documents, and a draft LLP Agreement to your email address. If you require a formal LLP Agreement, simply email your completed draft to 1st Formations and we will prepare and deliver two printed copies of the document by 1st class post.

Please note:

  1. A formal LLP Agreement is not a legal requirement; however, it is essential if the LLP members want to contribute capital and/or share business profits in any way other than equally.
  2. Company documents are delivered free of charge within the UK. For overseas deliveries, Royal Mail postage rates + 15% will be charged.
  3. The Barclays and Lloyds Business Bank Account is only available to companies with UK resident directors and shareholders. Companies with overseas or nominee directors and shareholders are not eligible for this offer.

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Features:

  • Ready to Trade Limited Liability Partnership
  • 3 to 6 Hour Online Formation (Subject to Companies House workload)
  • Companies House £10 Filing Fee Included
  • Email Copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • Email Copy of Draft LLP Agreement
  • Email Copy of Company Register with First Entries
  • Printed Certificate of Incorporation
  • 2 x Printed Copies of the LLP Agreement (if required)
  • Free Business Bank Account (optional)
  • Free Online Company Manager to Maintain your Companies
  • Free Online & Telephone Support for the Life of your Company
  • Maintain Statutory Books
  • Free .co.uk Domain Name
  • £75 Google Adwords Voucher

Frequently asked questions

What is a Limited Liability Partnership?

A Limited Liability Partnership offers its members the security of limited financial liability with the more flexible internal structure offered by a traditional partnership.

Why should I choose to form an LLP?

A Limited Liability Partnership is commonly used by industry professionals who normally work in partnerships, such as solicitors, architects and accountants, but who wish to protect their personal finances by way of limited liability.

Do I need to have a Partnership Agreement?

It is not a legal requirement to produce a Partnership Agreement, though it is recommended. This can help to prevent any disputes over partners' rights.

How many partners should an LLP have?

A Limited Liability Partnership must have at least 2 members (partners) to be registered with Companies House. There is no upper limit to the number of partners an LLP can have.

Limited by Guarantee Package

A company registration package designed for non-profit organisations

Our Limited by Guarantee package, at a cost of just £29.99 plus VAT, is ideal for those who wish to set up a limited company for non-profit purposes - i.e. a club, sporting association, community project, workers' cooperative or membership organisation.

This package provides digital and printed company documents, a free client account on our Online Company Manager allowing you to update company details and report changes to Companies House, and a free .co.uk domain name for one year.

This package is not suitable to form the following companies:

  1. 1. A Charity company.
  2. 2. A company requiring exemption from using the word ‘limited’ in the company name.
  3. 3. A company using the words Association, Benevolent, Federation, Foundation, Society or Trust in the company name.
  4. 4. A Right to Manage company.

To set up the above companies, please visit Quality Formations, our sister website with specialist limited by guarantee packages.

Please note: Company documents are delivered free of charge within the UK. For overseas deliveries, Royal Mail postage rates + 15% will be charged.

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Company formation in 5 easy steps...

Features:

  • Ready to Trade Limited by Guarantee Company
  • 3 to 6 Hour Online Formation (Subject to Companies House workload)
  • Companies House £10 Filing Fee Included
  • Email Copy of Certificate of Incorporation
  • Email Copy of Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Email Copy of Guarantor Certificate(s)
  • Email Copy of Company Register with First Entries
  • Printed Certificate of Incorporation
  • Bound Memorandum & Articles of Association
  • Printed Guarantor Certificate(s)
  • Free Online Company Manager to Maintain your Companies
  • Free Online & Telephone Support for the Life of your Company
  • Maintain Statutory Books
  • Free .co.uk Domain Name
  • £75 Google Adwords Voucher

Frequently asked questions

What is a company limited by guarantee?

A company limited by guarantee is typically used by non-profit organisations. This type of company has guarantees and guarantors rather than shares and shareholders.

Why would I choose this package?

It is ideal for anyone setting up a not for profit company such as a workers’ co-operative, membership organisation, club, or sports association.

A limited by guarantee company structure is very popular for non-profit organisations because it provides limited financial liability to the company owners (guarantors). This means their personal finances are legally protected if the company encounters any financial difficulty or is sued.

What is the difference between a guarantor and a shareholder?

The main difference is that a guarantor will not normally take any profits out of the business in the way a shareholder would. Instead, all profits are usually re-invested in the company to aid the fulfilment of its objectives.

Is this package suitable for setting up a charity?

No - it is unsuitable for setting up a charity because a charitable company requires a special memorandum and articles of association that details the specific objects of the company. The Model articles provided are unsuitable for this purpose.

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What you are buying and when you will get it

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What you are buying
  • A new company registered at Companies House.
  • Your Companies House filing fee of £10 paid for you.
  • Your Certificate of Incorporation, and other company documents emailed to you instantly.
  • Your authentication code emailed to you instantly.
  • If printed company documents were included in your package, these will be sent by post.
  • Access to a customer area where you can manage your company with Companies House.
  • Free support by telephone, email and livechat for the life your company.
When you will get it
  • It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete our online company formation application.
  • We will then send the application to Companies House immediately.
  • Companies House usually take around 3 to 6 working hours to approve a company (dependent on Companies House workload).
  • Digital company documents will be emailed to you instantly, printed documents will arrive in 2 to 3 days (if applicable).
  • If your order includes VAT registration, this usually takes 10 to 14 days, however it can be longer.
  • If you request a business bank account referral, your chosen bank will call you within 48 hours, to invite you to a meeting.
How much it will cost
  • The cost of your package is all you require to pay to set up a company.
  • The package cost includes the Companies House filing fee of £10.00.
  • You may wish to choose additional services, however, these are optional.

Note: Companies House process applications during normal business hours only,
Mon-Fri, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Information required to form a company

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You will require having the following details
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1. Registered Office

This is the official address of your company and it must be a full postal address in the country in which your company is incorporated. You cannot use a PO Box Number.

Companies House and HMRC will use this address to deliver all statutory company mail and it will be displayed on public record.

2. Director’s Details
  • Full name
  • Date of Birth (Minimum age 16)
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Residential address (not on the public register)
  • Service address (residential or other address)
3. Shareholders’ Details (Where the shareholder is a Person with Significant Control)
  • Full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Residential address (not on the public register)
  • Service address (residential or other address)
  • Nationality
  • Nature of control (eg. The person holds more than 50% to 75% of shares.)
  • Three Security Details (these act as an online signature)
    • First three letters of mother’s maiden name
    • First three letters of father’s forename
    • First three letters of eye colour
4. Shareholders’ Details (Where the shareholder is NOT a Person with Significant Control)
  • Full name
  • Service address (residential or other address)
  • Three Security Details (these act as an online signature)
    • First three letters of mother’s maiden name
    • First three letters of father’s forename
    • First three letters of eye colour
5. Secretary Details (Not Compulsory)
  • Full name
  • Date of Birth (must be at least 16 years old)
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Residential address (not on the public register)
  • Service address (residential or other address)
6. Person with Significant Control Details (Where the person is not a director, shareholder or secretary)
  • Full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Residential address (not on the public register)
  • Service address (residential or other address)
  • Nationality
  • Nature of control (eg. The person holds more than 50% to 75% of shares.)

Registering a company is a simple 5-step process...

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1. Choose a company name

This is the official address of your company and it must be a full postal address in the country in which your company is incorporated. You cannot use a PO Box Number.

Companies House and HMRC will use this address to deliver all statutory company mail and it will be displayed on public record.

2. Select a suitable formation package

Choose a package that is most suitable for your type of company and your specific requirements. We have five packages for companies limited by shares; a package suitable for non-residents; a limited by guarantee company package; and an LLP package.

3. Additional Services

After selecting an appropriate formation package you will have the option to add some additional services to your registration. These services are suitable for all types of companies and LLPs.

Other popular items on our additional services list include a Free Lloyds Business Bank Account, VAT & PAYE registration, Pre-Submission Review, Company Seal, and our Legal Contracts & Notices Pack.

4. Checkout

Proceed to checkout and pay using a debit or credit card. You will receive a confirmation email of your purchase, login details to access our Online Company Manager and a receipted invoice.

5. Complete registration

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.

 
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