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Digital

Ideal for reserving a company name for a future project.

£14.99

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Digital & Print

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

£19.99

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Privacy

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

£29.99

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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.

£49.99

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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!

£94.99

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Private Company
Limited by Shares
Companies House
£10 Filing Fee Included
Free Business
Bank Account
Free Online
Company Manager Facility
Free .com or .co.uk
Domain Name
Amazon Business
Discount Offer
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 x 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)
Business Address Service
Covent Garden, London WC2

Digital

£14.99

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Digital & Print

£19.99

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Privacy

£29.99

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All Inclusive

£94.99

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Limited Company Packages

Digital£14.99
Ideal for reserving your company name for future use.
With a full set of digital and printed company documents.
Privacy£29.99
Ideal if you want to protect the privacy of your home address.
Privacy Plus£49.99
Protects your privacy and comes with some useful extras.
Everything your new company needs to get started today!

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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 £4.99 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.

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 up to 30 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.

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.

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.

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 £14.99 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, all 3 London address services that will protect your privacy and ensure your company has an excellent corporate image, and much more.

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 £14.99 plus VAT by using our website, saving you £200 to £300 in solicitor or accountancy fees.

Non-Residents Package with UK business banking

Ideal for Non-UK residents

A package for non-residents who wish to set up a UK limited company, including:

  • online company registration in just 3 to 6 working hours
  • free UK business banking
  • prestigious London registered office and business address
  • worldwide courier delivery of company documents
  • free company maintenance service

UK business banking

We have partnered with TransferWise to offer our non-UK resident customers a free UK business account to send, spend, and receive multiple currencies with the real exchange rate.

You will get your own UK account number and sort code, Eurozone IBAN, and US account and routing number for free in minutes, regardless of where you are in the world.

Prestigious London address services

Also included in the package price is the use of our Covent Garden address for one year. We will provide you with 3 address services; Registered Office, Service Address, and Business Address.

Company maintenance service

Other benefits include free access to our secure Online Company Manager, where you can view, maintain and change your company details with Companies House for the lifetime of your company.

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 £532.99. Therefore, at a discounted price of £124.99, you will enjoy a huge saving of £408.00 plus VAT.

Non-UK Resident Banking Options

Through our extensive experience in working with non-UK residents, we understand the problems many have obtaining UK business banking facilities. Please find below our best options:

TransferWise UK Business Account

The simplest and quickest business banking solution for non-UK residents, and so we have included this option within our non-UK residents’ package. It provides free international business banking with worldwide coverage, allowing you to send money to 70+ countries, and receive and hold 40+ currencies.

After your company is formed using our website, we will send you a link to create your business account and you will very quickly receive your UK bank sort code and account number.

Tide

Another option is use Tide, a leading online bank account provider, who offer business account facilities to non-UK residents, with quick and easy online account set-up.

A referral to Tide for non-UK residents is offered to our customers on our website during the company formation process; however, it is dependent on your company’s business activity, as to whether you will be shown this offer. You will require a UK mobile phone number to apply for a Tide account.

Apostilled Document Service

Many non-UK residents choose to open a bank account in their own country as opposed to in the UK; however, a bank in another country will normally require you to legalise or ‘apostille’ your UK company documents. Our Apostilled Documents Service, can be added to any of our company formation packages on our Checkout page.

Package Features:

Private Company
Limited by Shares
TransferWise
UK Business Banking
Companies House
£10 Filing Fee Included
Free Online
Company Manager
Maintain Statutory Books
Free .com or .co.uk Domain Name
Amazon Business Discount Offer
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 same-day digital mail service)*
1 x London Service Address
(with same-day digital mail service)*
London Business Address Service
(includes International Forwarding)*
Free DHL Express
Worldwide Courier Delivery**

* All registered office and service address mail (official government mail) will be scanned and emailed to you free of charge. Business address 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 DHL Express Worldwide Courier Service.

Frequently asked questions

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. 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 address services.

Will my company mail be forwarded internationally?

All mail will be forwarded to you, regardless of where in the world you are located. All mail is covered by one of the three address services included in this package: registered office and service address mail will be scanned and emailed to you, free of charge. General business mail will be forwarded at the cost of the Royal Mail postage plus a 15% handling fee.

What is the Free Online Company Manager facility?

This is a facility which allows you to make changes to your company easily. 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.

What is the Confirmation Statement?

The confirmation statement is a document that must be filed annually, providing Companies House with up to date information about your company. This package includes the preparation and filing of your first confirmation statement.

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?

Registered office and service address mail (official government mail) will be scanned and emailed to you free of charge. General business correspondence will be forwarded to you at the cost of the Royal Mail postal charge plus a 15% handling fee.

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

How much will it cost me after the first year?

This package includes three address services which can be renewed at a total cost of £161.00, and the filing of your confirmation statement which can also be renewed at a cost of £34.99.

LLP Package

Limited liability partnership package

Our Limited Liability Partnership formation package, at a cost of £34.99 plus VAT, is ideal for any type 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 .com or .co.uk Domain Name
  • Amazon Business account 25% Discount 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 .com or .co.uk domain name for one year.

This package is not suitable to form the following companies:

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

To form these companies, please call our customer service team at 020 3897 2233, and we will be happy to assist you.

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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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 .com or .co.uk Domain Name
  • Amazon Business account 25% Discount 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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