How to register a new company

You can register your new company online, and it only takes a few hours. Before you begin, you need to have ready:

  • Company Name 
  • Registered Address
    • this is where HMRC and Companies House will send important letters
    • it does not have to be the same as the Business Address
  • Officer Details (Director and Secretary)
    • it is now permitted to have just one director
  • Share Capital and Shareholder Details
    • share capital is often a nominal £1 or £100
    • if you have a partner, this is a good time to decide whether to split the shares between you, and in what proportions
  • Payment
    • the £18 fee to Companies House can be paid with a credit or debit card or Paypal
You can go here to register directly with Companies House, but you may well be able to get a better deal by using a Company Formation Agent. They package company registration with other start-up services. For example, they can fast-track your application for a company bank account, and some of them will share with you the introduction fee they get from the bank.
I have had good service from Companies Made Simple, who registered Papercrunch Ltd and fast-tracked an application for a Barclays account.


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