You can register a limited company online or by post once you have everything you need. Companies House will issue a 'certificate of incorporation' after setting up a new limited company.
The company registration checklist explains what you need to complete the incorporation.
There are several ways of registering a limited company. But, to register a company online, it must:
You can pay the £12 fee by debit or credit card or through a PayPal account. As a rule, it takes less that 24 hours to get your company registered at Companies House.
Note: Choosing not to use the word 'limited' in the company name means you must complete the registration by post (see below).
Besides making an application for setting up a new company, you can also use the online service to:
You must use 'Form IN01' to register a private or public company by postal methods. A postal application would take around ten (10) days to complete and the cost is £40. Make the cheque payable to 'Companies House'.
There is a way to get registered on the same day for urgent applications. You would need to:
Note: Remember to mark the envelope (and any envelope from a courier) as 'same day service' in the top left corner.
Note: You would need to register as an overseas company if it is based outside of the United Kingdom. You can get further advice on registering a company in the UK from the Department for International Trade (DIT).
Companies House will send you a 'certificate of incorporation' after completing the company registration process. The certificate confirms the legal existence of the company. It also displays the company number and its date of formation.
Note: You must also set up a company for Corporation Tax within three (3) months of the date that you start doing business.
Registering a Private Limited Company in United Kingdom