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Company formation in the UK online

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What you get

  • Expert Advice

    Expert Advice

    We are real people with years of expertise and we’ll answer any and all your questions

  • Application & Constitution

    Application & Constitution

    We prepare and fill out the required documents, and send them for you to e-sign

  • Filing and Registration

    Filing and Registration

    If we file before 3pm, your business will be registered on the same day

Useful things to know before you open your UK business

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What data you need to prepare

  • Passports and proof of residential address

    For yourself and any other directors and shareholders you want to add.

  • SIC code

    Standard Industrial Classification Code defines your industry, and thus the rules and regulations applied to your business. We’ll help you choose it.

  • Company mailbox

    Use your home address if you’re ok with this data going public, or get it as a service from us.

What data you need to prepare
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Tax reliefs and incentives your UK startup can receive

As a limited company, you can take advantage of various government incentives that can boost your business thousands of pounds. Here’s a list of programs to look into:
  • SEIS tax relief
  • EIS tax relief
  • VCT tax relief
  • SITR tax relief
  • EMI Shares Option scheme
  • Entrepreneurs’ Releif
  • Capital Investment Allowances
  • R&D Tax credit

We explain how to qualify, apply and get these in our brief guide.

Tax reliefs and incentives your UK startup can receive

We know how to do company formation for your UK business

Now that we have talked about the incorporation details, let’s look at the business opportunities themselves. Here is a short list of industries we help incorporate in the UK. Scan through them to see to get an idea of the possibilities.

  • E-commerce Industry

    Company formation for E-commerce Industry

    The UK has one of the most advanced e-commerce markets in the world. It’s never too late to start an online store especially when the country’s e-commerce revenue in 2018 amounted to £688.4 billion.

  • Private School

    Company formation for Private School

    Private and independent schools educate around 6.5% of the total number of school children in the UK. They contributed £11,6 billion to the GDP in 2017, and an average of £13.7 billion, annually.

  • Pharmacy Company

    Company formation for Pharmacy Company

    The pharmaceutical industry is an important player within the United Kingdom. In 2017, the annual turnover of pharmaceutical goods wholesalers in the UK was over £42 billion.

  • Restaurant Business

    Company formation for Restaurant Business

    Despite news of restaurants shutting down, the market's largest segment is Restaurant-to-Consumer Delivery with a projected market volume of £3,204 billion in 2020.

  • Shipping Company

    Company formation for Shipping Company

    With global shipping numbers growing, the UK takes advantage of its 120 ports. Great opportunity to set up the headquarters of a logistics company.

  • Financial Company

    Company formation for Financial Company

    Fintech sector is one of the fastest growing industries. Due to the high concentration of financial institutions, the UK market welcomes cryptocurrency, blockchain, and mobile banking projects.

  • Real Estate Agency

    Company formation for Real Estate Agency

    In 2019, there are more than 14,500 traditional estate agent offices in the UK. However, there are opportunities for new business models where agents work online and sell through private seller websites.

  • Event Management Company

    Company formation for Event Management Company

    Although conferences and exhibitions will be permitted from 1 October 2020, more companies are turning virtual to generate profit at lower costs. The industry was worth £42.3 billion in 2019.

  • Construction Business

    Company formation for Construction Business

    In construction, you might find yourself involved in contracting, product manufacturing or professional services. The construction industry in the UK is expected to record a CAGR of 8.5% reaching £236.8 billion by 2024.

  • Travel Agency

    Company formation for Travel Agency

    Travel agencies can concentrate on domestic tourism as residents are unable to fly out to travel. VisitBritain has forecasted a central scenario for Britain of £46.8 billion in domestic tourism spending in 2020.

  • Food Business

    Company formation for Food Business

    96% of food and drink manufacturing businesses are SMEs and they have experienced growth over the past 5 years. Even at a time of economic uncertainty, there are huge opportunities available.

Choose the plan that works for you

Our accounting packages come as they are, no extra charges — simple and straightforward. If you pay upfront for the whole year, 2 months are free.

  • Launch Me

    We register your company.
    £10 government fee is included.

    Get launched
    • Formation

      £100

      +VAT
    • Accounting

    • 30 transactions a month

    • Quarterly Management

    • Report

    • Daily bookkeeping

    • Xero Subscription

    • Corporation Tax Return (From CT600)

    • Companies House filing

  • Groom Me

    We register your company and take care of your accounting and filing.

    Get Groom
    • Formation

      Free
    • Accounting

      £100

      +VAT
    • 30 transactions a month

    • Quarterly Management

    • Report

    • Daily bookkeeping

    • Xero Subscription

    • Corporation Tax Return (From CT600)

    • Companies House filing

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Q&A

  • What is company incorporation?

    Incorporation is when your business is legally brought into existence as a company. Once your business is incorporated into a company, the assets and cash flow of your business are separated from your income as the business owner.

  • What is a company registration number?

    This is an important and unique way to identify your company as a legal entity. It is also known as a business registration number, UK company number or a registered company number. You’ll find that the most common abbreviation used is “CRN” to refer to the company registration number. The CRN is made up of 8 numbers (or 2 letters) followed by 6 numbers.

  • How do I register a company online?

    You can set up a limited company usually within 24 hours by registering online with the Companies House here. You will be registered for Corporation Tax when you do so. Payment for registration costs £12. You can also use company formation agents like us for a fuss-free way to register your company while you settle other important parts of your business.

  • How do I register a company name?

    When you incorporate your company on Companies House, you register your company name as well. Before you register your company, you will have to prepare a company name. Private limited company names have to be unique. Do this by checking if the company name you want is available by using the name availability tool on Companies House. Also, check with the UK Intellectual Property Office that your chosen company name does not clash with an existing trademarked name. No matter how unique your company name is, it will usually end with either ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’. If your company was registered in Wales, you can include the Welsh equivalents ‘Cyfyngedig’ and ‘Cyf’ instead.

  • Who can register a company?

    Anyone can register a company in the UK, as long as you are at least 16 years old and not a disqualified director or an undischarged bankrupt. There are no restrictions on foreign nationals being a UK company director, shareholder, or a secretary. You do not even have to live in the UK.

  • What is a company registration certificate?

    When the Companies House issues an incorporation certificate, it will feature your company registration name and number. Once you’ve submitted an application to form a company and it’s been approved by Companies House, you’re granted a certificate of incorporation, which is essentially proof of registration compliance.

  • What are the company registration documents?

    To register for your company, you would need to submit these documents:

    1. Form IN01, which is your application form to register for a company
    2. Memorandum of association
    3. Articles of association
    4. A written hard copy explanation if your company name includes a sensitive word or expression

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