UK Limited Company (Ltd) Formation

A UK Limited Company is a legal entity that is separate and distinct from the individuals who run it. For sole traders and for people in partnerships, the individuals’ personal assets are at risk if there is a claim against the organisation but shareholders in a limited company are liable to lose only the value of the share capital to which they subscribe.

The UK is one of the easiest and most flexible jurisdictions for incorporating a company; we can usually complete the entire incorporation process within a day and there is no requirement to visit the UK.

Company Name

A UK company name must be unique. Once registered your chosen company name is protected from being used by others. The company name may be in any language, although there are restrictions on the use of certain words such as ‘Royal’ and ‘Government’. Formacompany can conduct a company name check to ensure your chosen name is available and in compliance with Companies House.

Registered Office

It is a requirement that the company has an address in England which we will supply.

Directors

Only one director is required for a limited company this must be an individual. If there are two or more directors this can consist of a corporate entity plus an individual.

Shareholders

Only one shareholder is required for a UK company.

Company Secretary

It is no longer a legal requirement to have a company secretary however we do offer a service to those unsure of the UK filing requirements.

Share Capital

There is no minimum share capital, although companies are generally incorporated with 100 issued ordinary shares, with a value of GBP 1 per share.

Timescale

Once all information and proof of identity have been received, the incorporation process is completed within one day.

UK Company Formation fees

UK Ltd Company Formation – 1 day

  • Reserving your Company Name
  • Structuring the company as per your requirements
  • Prepare your Company Registration Forms
  • Drafting the Articles of Association / Statutes
  • File the documents with Companies House
  • Appoint the Directors
  • Initial Government licence fee payable on incorporation
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Issue of shares and production of Share Certificates
  • All documents and certificates supplied in a professional folder
£80
Additional Services
Company Administration & Registered Office£220
Company Secretarial Services (if required)£280
Courier Fee£80
Annual Renewal Fees
Company Administration

  • Provision of the Registered Office in the UK
  • Compliance with local domicile requirements
  • Maintaining statutory records
  • Statutory Due-Diligence
  • 12 months basic consultation
£220
Maintenance of Director Register£175

Please see our extended UK fees.

Find out more about our PLC Administration and PLC Formation Fees.

Please see our current list of Shelf Companies available in the UK and reserve on online now.

The cost of incorporating a company in the UK, with standard share capital and standard Memorandum and Articles of Association is £80. A UK company can be incorporated on the same day. In addition, we have UK ready made companies available immediately.

Your company will be incorporated using your chosen name. We will ensure that the procedure is as simple as possible. The whole incorporation process can be completed online and we will administer the preparation and filing of all registration forms on your behalf.

Filing Requirements

A UK company must file a Confirmation Statement every year, along with preparing and filing annual financial statements. Our corporate administration service can assist with this.

Proof of Identity

As part of our due diligence, we require proof of identity in the form of a passport copy for all directors and shareholders of the company.

Travel

Visiting the UK is not required in order to incorporate a company.

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