Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get?
What about fees and taxes?
Is the whole process online?
How long does it take?
Can I choose any company name I like?
What are the legal requirements?
What if I am not a UK resident?
Can I incorporate several companies?


What do I get?

You get a brand new company, absolutely "clean" (with no history or liabilities) and ready to trade. Unlike many providers, we make sure that all the necessary paperwork is done before you receive it.

You will not need to fill in statutory registers and share certificates yourself, unlike many company formations. We do all that for you.

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What about fees and taxes?

The price you pay for your company formation includes VAT and all other taxes and charges. There is nothing else to pay.

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Is the whole process online?

Yes! There are absolutely no paper forms to fill in whatsoever, and no visit to a solicitor.

When your company is formed, we send you all the documents you need by e-mail. You will need Adobe Reader 9.0 or higher in order to access them. If you do not already have it, you can download it free from Adobe's website.

You can rest assured that your payment details are processed safely over a secure, encrypted link.

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How long does it take?

We have done everything we can to make the process as simple as possible. Filling in the forms should take no longer than 5 minutes.

Once we have received your completed forms and payment is authorised, we start to incorporate your company. This depends on Companies House, but normally takes much less than one working day, often around 4 hours.

When your company is ready, we send you all the documents you need by e-mail. With incorporate.co.uk, you will not have to wait for the post - your company will be ready to trade immediately.

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Can I choose any company name I like?

Yes, as long as it is legal.

The main legal requirements are:

Examples:

WXYZ Technology
WXYZ Technology Limited

Examples:

Marks and Spencer Ltd.
Mark, Sand, Spencer Ltd.
Marks & Spencer Company Ltd.
Marks & Spencer & Co. Ltd.
Mark Spencer Consulting Limited (but check first, because if a name is "too similar" to another name, you may be forced to change it later)

Examples:

British Widget Company Ltd.
Widget Makers Insurance Co. Ltd.
Widgets International Limited
The Fine Widget Company (UK) Limited

Please note that even if your company is formed, you might be ordered to change the name later if it is "too similar" to an existing company's name. We recommend that you check a number of combinations to see if there is a company with a similar name.

You can visit our name check page to let you check different company names to see whether they have already been registered, and whether they will be allowed.

When you order, this is checked again. Nearly all problems with the name are caught at that stage, before you go any further. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee names until they have been accepted by Companies House. If there is a problem, we will try your second choice name instead.

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What are the legal requirements?

You don't need to worry about paperwork, because we do all that for you. However, there are a few legal requirements which all companies have to meet.

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What if I am not a UK resident?

We are happy to offer our services to non-UK residents.

Unlike other European countries, neither the directors nor the owners of a UK company have to be resident in the UK. But the company will need a registered office in the country of incorporation (i.e. England/Wales or Scotland). If you choose to incorporate in England, we can provide this service: click here for details.

Many non-residents are now choosing to incorporate in the UK to take advantage of its language, relatively low tax rates and sensible company law. It is the perfect base from which to sell your goods and services to the 480 million citizens of the EU. You should consult your lawyer for more details.

For people wishing to start a UK business from abroad, we strongly recommend the complete StartNewBusiness package.

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Can I form several companies?

Yes, but each is formed separately.

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