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  • Basic

    £54.99+ VAT

    £54.99+ VAT

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  • Privacy

    £69.99+ VAT

    £69.99+ VAT

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  • Comprehensive

    £99.99+ VAT

    £99.99+ VAT

    More info
  • Ultimate

    £159.99+ VAT

    £159.99+ VAT

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Need Help and Advice Today?

Need help choosing a package? Call us on 020 7608 5500 and our team can assist you.

  • Basic

    £54.99+ VAT

    £54.99+ VAT

    More info

    Form a private company limited by shares online and be ready to trade in as little as 3 working hours. Subject to completion of all necessary legal and ID checks and Companies House workload. Includes (1) Companies House filing fee. (2) Your Web Filing Authentication Code (required to use Companies House web filing system) provided to you online on your company summary page.

    Your First Board Meeting Minutes will be produced for you. This is a legally required document detailing the first resolutions of your company.
    The maintenance of statutory books is a digital record of all your company’s statutory information, including: Company name, company number and registered office; accounting reference date and other important dates; list of company directors and their service address; list of company secretaries and their address; list of shareholders and how many shares they hold; and company share capital
    As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you'll get access to a digital copy of your Certificate of Incorporation and your Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&A)
    As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you get access to a digital copy version of your share certificate(s), which is a legal document certifying ownership of shares within a limited company.
    Access to 29 essential templates and forms for your company’s statutory requirements, including a Share Certificate template, J30 Stock Transfer form, Dividend vouchers, ABM Appointment of Director and more.

    Get a Business Start Up Toolkit including a free tax and accountancy consultation, a free website with .com or .co.uk domain name and a small business start up guide.

    Get a Moneypenny business number routed to your mobile phone at a special reduced rate for life.
    Select a free bank account from one of our partners during the order process and we’ll send your application directly to you chosen bank. You can select more than one bank. Our banking partners include Tide, Anna, Cashplus, Revolut and Barclays.
  • Privacy

    £69.99+ VAT

    £69.99+ VAT

    More info

    Form a private company limited by shares online and be ready to trade in as little as 3 working hours. Subject to completion of all necessary legal and ID checks and Companies House workload. Includes (1) Companies House filing fee. (2) Your Web Filing Authentication Code (required to use Companies House web filing system) provided to you online on your company summary page.

    Your First Board Meeting Minutes will be produced for you. This is a legally required document detailing the first resolutions of your company.
    The maintenance of statutory books is a digital record of all your company’s statutory information, including: Company name, company number and registered office; accounting reference date and other important dates; list of company directors and their service address; list of company secretaries and their address; list of shareholders and how many shares they hold; and company share capital
    As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you'll get access to a digital copy of your Certificate of Incorporation and your Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&A)
    As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you get access to a digital copy version of your share certificate(s), which is a legal document certifying ownership of shares within a limited company.
    Access to 29 essential templates and forms for your company’s statutory requirements, including a Share Certificate template, J30 Stock Transfer form, Dividend vouchers, ABM Appointment of Director and more.

    Get a Business Start Up Toolkit including a free tax and accountancy consultation, a free website with .com or .co.uk domain name and a small business start up guide.

    Get a Moneypenny business number routed to your mobile phone at a special reduced rate for life.
    Select a free bank account from one of our partners during the order process and we’ll send your application directly to you chosen bank. You can select more than one bank. Our banking partners include Tide, Anna, Cashplus, Revolut and Barclays.

    Receive a cashback reward up to £100  when you open an account and bank with selected partners. Cashback rewards and terms vary by bank. Terms and conditions apply.

    A registered office address is the official address for your company. It is listed online at the Companies House public register and searchable worldwide. Use our N1 address as your Registered Office to keep your home address from being publicly listed online. This service includes scanning & emailing of mail received from these Government departments: Companies House, HMRC, Government Gateway, Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), The Pensions Regulator (TPR), Office for National Statistics, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and court documents. This service includes a filing fee and is renewable annually.
    A service address (also known as the correspondence address) is the official contact address of a company director, secretary, subscriber, Person with Significant Control (PSC), or LLP member. It is listed online at the Companies House public register and searchable worldwide. Use our N1 address as your Service Address to keep your home address from being publicly listed online.
  • Comprehensive

    £99.99+ VAT

    £99.99+ VAT

    More info

    Form a private company limited by shares online and be ready to trade in as little as 3 working hours. Subject to completion of all necessary legal and ID checks and Companies House workload. Includes (1) Companies House filing fee. (2) Your Web Filing Authentication Code (required to use Companies House web filing system) provided to you online on your company summary page.

    Your First Board Meeting Minutes will be produced for you. This is a legally required document detailing the first resolutions of your company.
    The maintenance of statutory books is a digital record of all your company’s statutory information, including: Company name, company number and registered office; accounting reference date and other important dates; list of company directors and their service address; list of company secretaries and their address; list of shareholders and how many shares they hold; and company share capital
    As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you'll get access to a digital copy of your Certificate of Incorporation and your Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&A)
    As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you get access to a digital copy version of your share certificate(s), which is a legal document certifying ownership of shares within a limited company.
    Access to 29 essential templates and forms for your company’s statutory requirements, including a Share Certificate template, J30 Stock Transfer form, Dividend vouchers, ABM Appointment of Director and more.

    Get a Business Start Up Toolkit including a free tax and accountancy consultation, a free website with .com or .co.uk domain name and a small business start up guide.

    Get a Moneypenny business number routed to your mobile phone at a special reduced rate for life.
    Select a free bank account from one of our partners during the order process and we’ll send your application directly to you chosen bank. You can select more than one bank. Our banking partners include Tide, Anna, Cashplus, Revolut and Barclays.

    Receive a cashback reward up to £100  when you open an account and bank with selected partners. Cashback rewards and terms vary by bank. Terms and conditions apply.

    A registered office address is the official address for your company. It is listed online at the Companies House public register and searchable worldwide. Use our N1 address as your Registered Office to keep your home address from being publicly listed online. This service includes scanning & emailing of mail received from these Government departments: Companies House, HMRC, Government Gateway, Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), The Pensions Regulator (TPR), Office for National Statistics, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and court documents. This service includes a filing fee and is renewable annually.
    A service address (also known as the correspondence address) is the official contact address of a company director, secretary, subscriber, Person with Significant Control (PSC), or LLP member. It is listed online at the Companies House public register and searchable worldwide. Use our N1 address as your Service Address to keep your home address from being publicly listed online.
    You'll receive a hard copy of your Certificate of Incorporation, printed on quality, Companies House approved paper. Considered the equivalent of a birth certificate for your company,it is often required by insurance companies or providers of finance (e.g. when leasing equipment or applying for a loan).
    You'll receive a hard copy of your share certificate(s). These are legal documents that certify ownership of shares within a limited company
    Companies have a legal requirement to file a confirmation statement annually. It confirms the information that Companies House holds about it is up to date. Our experts will prepare and submit your company’s first confirmation statement to Companies House, ensuring it is filed accurately and on time. This service includes a filing fee and is renewable annually.
    You'll receive a hard copy of your M&As. This essentially states that the subscribers wish to form a company under the Companies Act 2006, have agreed to become members and to take at least one share each. It is one of the documents required to incorporate a company and is often required by insurance companies or providers of finance (e.g. when applying for a loan or leasing equipment).
  • Ultimate

    £159.99+ VAT

    £159.99+ VAT

    More info

    Form a private company limited by shares online and be ready to trade in as little as 3 working hours. Subject to completion of all necessary legal and ID checks and Companies House workload. Includes (1) Companies House filing fee. (2) Your Web Filing Authentication Code (required to use Companies House web filing system) provided to you online on your company summary page.

    Your First Board Meeting Minutes will be produced for you. This is a legally required document detailing the first resolutions of your company.
    The maintenance of statutory books is a digital record of all your company’s statutory information, including: Company name, company number and registered office; accounting reference date and other important dates; list of company directors and their service address; list of company secretaries and their address; list of shareholders and how many shares they hold; and company share capital
    As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you'll get access to a digital copy of your Certificate of Incorporation and your Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&A)
    As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you get access to a digital copy version of your share certificate(s), which is a legal document certifying ownership of shares within a limited company.
    Access to 29 essential templates and forms for your company’s statutory requirements, including a Share Certificate template, J30 Stock Transfer form, Dividend vouchers, ABM Appointment of Director and more.

    Get a Business Start Up Toolkit including a free tax and accountancy consultation, a free website with .com or .co.uk domain name and a small business start up guide.

    Get a Moneypenny business number routed to your mobile phone at a special reduced rate for life.
    Select a free bank account from one of our partners during the order process and we’ll send your application directly to you chosen bank. You can select more than one bank. Our banking partners include Tide, Anna, Cashplus, Revolut and Barclays.

    Receive a cashback reward up to £100  when you open an account and bank with selected partners. Cashback rewards and terms vary by bank. Terms and conditions apply.

    A registered office address is the official address for your company. It is listed online at the Companies House public register and searchable worldwide. Use our N1 address as your Registered Office to keep your home address from being publicly listed online. This service includes scanning & emailing of mail received from these Government departments: Companies House, HMRC, Government Gateway, Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), The Pensions Regulator (TPR), Office for National Statistics, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and court documents. This service includes a filing fee and is renewable annually.
    A service address (also known as the correspondence address) is the official contact address of a company director, secretary, subscriber, Person with Significant Control (PSC), or LLP member. It is listed online at the Companies House public register and searchable worldwide. Use our N1 address as your Service Address to keep your home address from being publicly listed online.
    You'll receive a hard copy of your Certificate of Incorporation, printed on quality, Companies House approved paper. Considered the equivalent of a birth certificate for your company,it is often required by insurance companies or providers of finance (e.g. when leasing equipment or applying for a loan).
    You'll receive a hard copy of your share certificate(s). These are legal documents that certify ownership of shares within a limited company
    Companies have a legal requirement to file a confirmation statement annually. It confirms the information that Companies House holds about it is up to date. Our experts will prepare and submit your company’s first confirmation statement to Companies House, ensuring it is filed accurately and on time. This service includes a filing fee and is renewable annually.
    You'll receive a hard copy of your M&As. This essentially states that the subscribers wish to form a company under the Companies Act 2006, have agreed to become members and to take at least one share each. It is one of the documents required to incorporate a company and is often required by insurance companies or providers of finance (e.g. when applying for a loan or leasing equipment).
    Use our N1 address for your business correspondence and make a great impression. We'll receive, sort and forward all the mail you receive from banks, clients, suppliers, investors, service providers and other third parties with whom you do business, to you by 1st class post, filtering out junk mail. Ideal for startups or those requiring a UK-based address.
    Renewable after 12 months at £29.99 per month.

    Requires certified copies of proof of photo ID and proof of residential address for account holder
    Get 20 hotdesking day passes per year to Workhub, located between Old Street and Angel Stations. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
    All companies are required by law to hold a People with Significant Control (PSC) Register. Complete your company’s PSC information on our online admin system. We’ll store your company’s PSC information and the history of changes for you.
    We’ll process your application and register your company for VAT on your behalf. By default we process applications as Standard VAT applications. You can request to be put on the VAT Flat Rate Scheme within the application form.
    Gain valuable insight into any business with 10 free reports to use over 12 months. Get insight on your competitors. View full company reports including information on annual accounts and CCJ history.

Form a private company limited by shares online and be ready to trade in as little as 3 working hours. Subject to completion of all necessary legal and ID checks and Companies House workload. Includes (1) Companies House filing fee. (2) Your Web Filing Authentication Code (required to use Companies House web filing system) provided to you online on your company summary page.

Your First Board Meeting Minutes will be produced for you. This is a legally required document detailing the first resolutions of your company.
The maintenance of statutory books is a digital record of all your company’s statutory information, including: Company name, company number and registered office; accounting reference date and other important dates; list of company directors and their service address; list of company secretaries and their address; list of shareholders and how many shares they hold; and company share capital
As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you'll get access to a digital copy of your Certificate of Incorporation and your Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&A)
As soon as your company is registered at Companies House you get access to a digital copy version of your share certificate(s), which is a legal document certifying ownership of shares within a limited company.
Access to 29 essential templates and forms for your company’s statutory requirements, including a Share Certificate template, J30 Stock Transfer form, Dividend vouchers, ABM Appointment of Director and more.

Get a Business Start Up Toolkit including a free tax and accountancy consultation, a free website with .com or .co.uk domain name and a small business start up guide.

Get a Moneypenny business number routed to your mobile phone at a special reduced rate for life.
Select a free bank account from one of our partners during the order process and we’ll send your application directly to you chosen bank. You can select more than one bank. Our banking partners include Tide, Anna, Cashplus, Revolut and Barclays.

Receive a cashback reward up to £100  when you open an account and bank with selected partners. Cashback rewards and terms vary by bank. Terms and conditions apply.

A registered office address is the official address for your company. It is listed online at the Companies House public register and searchable worldwide. Use our N1 address as your Registered Office to keep your home address from being publicly listed online. This service includes scanning & emailing of mail received from these Government departments: Companies House, HMRC, Government Gateway, Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), The Pensions Regulator (TPR), Office for National Statistics, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and court documents. This service includes a filing fee and is renewable annually.
A service address (also known as the correspondence address) is the official contact address of a company director, secretary, subscriber, Person with Significant Control (PSC), or LLP member. It is listed online at the Companies House public register and searchable worldwide. Use our N1 address as your Service Address to keep your home address from being publicly listed online.
You'll receive a hard copy of your Certificate of Incorporation, printed on quality, Companies House approved paper. Considered the equivalent of a birth certificate for your company,it is often required by insurance companies or providers of finance (e.g. when leasing equipment or applying for a loan).
You'll receive a hard copy of your share certificate(s). These are legal documents that certify ownership of shares within a limited company
Companies have a legal requirement to file a confirmation statement annually. It confirms the information that Companies House holds about it is up to date. Our experts will prepare and submit your company’s first confirmation statement to Companies House, ensuring it is filed accurately and on time. This service includes a filing fee and is renewable annually.
You'll receive a hard copy of your M&As. This essentially states that the subscribers wish to form a company under the Companies Act 2006, have agreed to become members and to take at least one share each. It is one of the documents required to incorporate a company and is often required by insurance companies or providers of finance (e.g. when applying for a loan or leasing equipment).
Use our N1 address for your business correspondence and make a great impression. We'll receive, sort and forward all the mail you receive from banks, clients, suppliers, investors, service providers and other third parties with whom you do business, to you by 1st class post, filtering out junk mail. Ideal for startups or those requiring a UK-based address.
Renewable after 12 months at £29.99 per month.

Requires certified copies of proof of photo ID and proof of residential address for account holder
Get 20 hotdesking day passes per year to Workhub, located between Old Street and Angel Stations. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All companies are required by law to hold a People with Significant Control (PSC) Register. Complete your company’s PSC information on our online admin system. We’ll store your company’s PSC information and the history of changes for you.
We’ll process your application and register your company for VAT on your behalf. By default we process applications as Standard VAT applications. You can request to be put on the VAT Flat Rate Scheme within the application form.
Gain valuable insight into any business with 10 free reports to use over 12 months. Get insight on your competitors. View full company reports including information on annual accounts and CCJ history.

Opening a Limited Company with Companies MadeSimple

 

Here at Companies MadeSimple, you can easily set up a limited company online via one of our many packages. With our experts by your side, we can ensure that the registration process is seamless and efficient. Set up a new company without a hassle with Companies MadeSimple and purchase a package that is tailored to your needs. 


How to Form a Limited Company

When you choose to create a limited company with us, you can register and have your company incorporated in as little as 3 hours* (processing time can vary depending on Companies House workload and excludes bank holidays and weekends). In fact, all it takes is 4 simple steps to register your company online with Companies MadeSimple. 

  1. Search - use our name availability tool to check whether your company name is available for use
  2. Select - choose one of our company formation packages listed above (there are also options for add-ons)
  3. Buy - purchase your chosen package to begin the application process
  4. Complete - fill out the company formation application online

After submitting your application, it will automatically be sent to Companies House for processing. An ID check will be required as part of Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer regulations. 

If you are interested in same-day incorporations, click here for more information about our Same Day guarantee (add-on). 

*Registrations submitted on bank holidays and weekends will be processed the next working day subject to Companies House workload and successful application. 

Also Included in All of Our Packages

We give more value in all of our service packages.

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    Companies House Filing Fee

    Included in the price of all our packages. No hidden costs, what you see is what you get.

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    Free Online Admin Portal

    Manage your companies online with our simple, easy to use dashboard (no paperwork required).

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    Unlimited 24/7 Support

    We’re here for our customers whenever you need; simply call, email or chat with us and we’ll be happy to help.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

On the right, you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

If you still can't find the answer to your question, why not try our virtual assistant?

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Need Help and Advice Today?

Need help choosing a package? Call us on 020 7608 5500 and our team can assist you.

Company formations can take as little as 3 working hours* (excluding bank holidays and weekends).

Company Formation MadeSimple uses the Electronic Filing facilities at Companies House, so when you place an order on our website, your request is sent instantly to Companies House for processing.

*Companies House completes the incorporation in as little as 3 working hours depending on their workload or technical difficulties. We will then email you as soon as the company has been incorporated along with your company number.

Need your company to be incorporated same day? Guaranteed? This is possible with our Same Day Guarantee - add on product. Click here to find out more. 

Please Note: Company registrations submitted on weekends or UK bank holidays will be incorporated the next working day subject to the workload at Companies House and a successful application with no errors. 

As soon as your company application has been successfully validated at Companies House (Normally within 1 working day of submission), your incorporation documents are automatically ported over to our system, free for you to download whenever you wish from your Company Details page accessible via the "My Companies" section of your account. 

If you then scroll down to 'My Company Documents' you can access your company’s:

You can also download your share certificates (If you have a Limited by Shares company) via the shareholder section of the Company Details page. 

We will also send you hard copies of the certificate of incorporation and share certificate via post within 5 working days (excluding the Basic and Privacy Package). The documents will be sent to the address in the Personal Details section of your account. 

A limited company requires at least one person to run/ own it (unless your company is under the Limited Liability Partnership structure which require at least 2). This means you can be the only person listed as the officer/s of the company. 

To confirm, if it is just yourself running and owning the business, it is absolutely fine for you to be the only person listed on the company's statutory information available to see on the public register at Companies House. 

Please Note: This answer is applicable to Limited by Shares and Limited by Guarantee companies only. A secretary is no longer mandatory when forming a company.

We offer a "Registration Review" service which is purchasable from the "final summary" page of the application to form a new company. 

This service will prompt a company formation expert to review the application to see if we can spot any common mistakes before submitting the application to Companies House to reduce the risk of it being rejected and having to repeat the process to submit again. 

Common Mistakes we will look out for

  • Company Name Availability
  • Spelling of Company Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Service and Residential Address Format 
  • Residential Address Country
  • Supporting Documents
  • M&As
Please Note: This service is not a guarantee that the company will not get rejected but does incredibly reduce the risk of it.

A shareholder is someone who owns shares in a limited company. They own the company along with other shareholders (if there are others).

A subscriber is someone who was a shareholder at the time of the company's incorporation they do not need to remain a shareholder for the lifespan of the business but will always be listed as the initial shareholders/ owners of the company. 

A company Limited by Shares are the most popular type of limited company. They are owned by shareholders and have liability based on the value of the shares issued in the company. They are generally profit driven businesses and will have the suffix LIMITED or LTD at the end of their company name. 

A full guide to companies Limited by Shares can be found here.

Technically speaking, a person of any age can be appointed as a shareholder of a company. However, it is important to note that appointing somebody under the age of 18 may result in some difficulties further down the line: This could be with contract signings, opening of bank accounts, then there is parental settlements and potential capital gains tax. 

We advise speaking to a business advisor or accountant if you are thinking about appointing somebody under the age of 18 as an owner of the business. 

There is no limit to the amount of shares you have issued into your company. You need to have at least one when creating a Limited by Shares company. There are different factors to consider such as the amount of capital needed to be raised, whether there is enough "cash on hand" to cover the amount of capital issued and what stipulations in regards to decision making is listed within the articles of association for the company. 

The default value and amount of shares issued upon incorporation is 1 share at 1 GBP, but this is entirely up to the company. 

If unsure as to how you would like to structure your business, we recommend speaking to a business advisor. 

When forming a private limited company by Shares in the UK, you will need to have the following:

  • Proof of ID & Address
  • Company Name, Company Address and Business Activity
  • Director and Secretary (optional) Details
  • Share Capital and Shareholder Details
  • People with Significant Control (PSC) Details
  • Memorandum and Articles (M&As)

For more information please visit What Details do I Need to Form a Limited Company? (Limited by Shares).

The people that are required to provide ID will be the account holder, the director's and the People with Significant Control (PSCs). This is line with legislation that everyone considered having significant influence or control over a company and thus are the important decision makers will need to be ID checked. 

Companies House will be enforcing this as of Late 2023 through the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023

All officers of a company must be ID verified prior to an application (or request) being sent across to Companies House for approval.

With the help of Credas' digital ID software, our free online ID check is very simple to complete. You will just require:

  • Government-issued photo ID, i.e. passport or driving licence (not expired)
  • Proof of residential address issued with the last 3 months / annual statement, i.e. bank statement, utility bill, etc
  • A device with the ability to take a live selfie such as a webcam or camera phone.

During the online ID verification, Credas' facial recognition technology will check if you are present and determine whether your face (selfie) matches the photo on your ID.

For a full guide please visit Proof of ID and Address Requirements [Comprehensive Guide].

We have a number of different articles available to assist you with troubleshooting any problems you may have. Please view them on the following link:

ID Troubleshooting

Any other queries or assistance required, please contact our ID Compliance team at [email protected].

 

  • Select ‘I need to verify ID for someone else'.
  • Enter the email address of the officer being verified and click the Send validation link button.
  • An email with the validation link has now been sent to the officer’s email address. The officer must open the link and follow the on-screen instructions to verify their identity.

For a full walkthrough please visit here

We will be unable to activate or provide any services to customers (or companies) unable to complete our ID checks. 

All limited companies have the ability to update where their Registered Office is located. This can be done at any time during the lifespan of the business. 

However, the Registered Office can only be updated to a location within the country they are registered in. This (at this moment in time) cannot be changed. Please see the table below for a visual explanation. 

Registered Office Location
(At Time of Formation)

Country Registered In Can Update Address To Any Address Within
England England and Wales England and Wales
Scotland Scotland Scotland
Wales Wales Wales
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

Our service is therefore available to anybody that is thinking about registering a company in England (& Wales) or already has a limited company registered in England. 

A Registered Office is required for all UK Limited Companies.  

The Registered Office address will:

  • Appear on the public register at Companies House for all to view. 
  • Be sent Government mail* to this address and must be obtainable by the company.
  • Keep statutory registers here unless a SAIL address is provided.

Our Registered Office Service can be used in order to protect the privacy of your home address.

*Please click on the link to see the list of accepted documents.

For more information please see What is a Registered Office?

Yes! We offer our Registered Office service within the majority of our formation packages. Bundled together with a discounted fee, check it out here!

Yes, you can change the address of your Registered Office at any time after setting up a company, but it must always remain within the same country. If you change your Registered Office address, you must notify Companies House immediately and take steps to ensure all business stationery, correspondence and your company website clearly display the new Registered Office address.

Yes, you can use our Registered Office address as your service (correspondence) address. If you are a company director, secretary, person of significant control or shareholder and wish to keep your residential address private, the purchase of the Registered Office address service allows you to to do just that!

Limited by Guarantee

Register a company limited by guarantee, commonly used for not for profit organisations such as clubs, sports associations and charities.

What’s included in a company limited by guarantee registration:

  • Fast Online Formation
  • Companies House Registration Fee
  • Business Bank Account With Cashback*
  • Printed Certificate of Incorporation
  • Digital Memorandum and Articles of Association (M&As)
  • Business Start Up Toolkit including free domain name, free accounting review and more
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Proof of ID

We have a legal obligation to check Proof of ID and Proof of Address. This is to ensure we comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) requirements. Please check this article to see which documents we can accept.

  • Limited by Guarantee

    Register a company limited by guarantee, commonly used for not for profit organisations such as clubs, sports associations and charities.

    £89.99 +VAT

    £89.99 +VAT

  • Limited by Guarantee with Privacy Package

    The Limited by Guarantee with Privacy package includes:

    • Registration of a UK company limited by guarantee
    • Use of 20 Wenlock Road, London N1 7GU as your company’s official registered office address.
    • Use of the registered office address as your service address, protecting all director(s), guarantor(s) and PSC(s) addresses from appearing on the Companies House public register.
    • All official government mail* scanned and emailed to you, free of charge. 
       

    £129.99 +VAT

    £129.99 +VAT

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Proof of ID

We have a legal obligation to check Proof of ID and Proof of Address. This is to ensure we comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) requirements. Please check this article to see which documents we can accept.

Setting up a Limited by Guarantee company with Companies MadeSimple

 

Setting up a company limited by guarantee is made simple when you choose one of our packages above. Ideal for not-for-profit organisations, a company limited by guarantee offers a beneficial tax and legal structure with no shareholders. 

Here at Companies MadeSimple, we offer a wide range of services that accompany our company limited by guarantee packages, designed to streamline the registration process.

Register your company limited by guarantee in the UK with Companies MadeSimple in 4 simple steps:

  1. Search - check whether your company name is available for use using our name availability tool.
  2. Select - choose from one of our many company formation packages.
  3. Buy - purchase your chosen package to begin the registration process.
  4. Complete - fill out the company formation application online and receive our guidance and advice whenever you need it.

Also Included in All of Our Packages

We give more value in all of our service packages.

  • cms-icon-companieshousefilling@3x.png

    Companies House filing fee

    Included in the price of all our packages. No hidden costs, what you see is what you get.

  • cms_online-portal@3x.png

    Free Online Admin portal

    Manage your companies online with our simple, easy to use dashboard (no paperwork required).

  • cms-customer-service@3x.png

    Unlimited 24/7 support

    We’re here for our customers whenever you need; simply call, email or chat with us and we’ll be happy to help.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

On the right, you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

If you still can't find the answer to your question, why not try our virtual assistant?

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Need help choosing a package? Call us on 020 7608 5500 and our team can assist you.

Below is a list of the type of companies that generally form Limited by Guarantee companies:

  • Clubs
  • Membership organisations, including students' unions
  • Sports associations
  • Workers' co-operatives
  • Other social enterprises
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Charities

Companies are entitled to remove the word "Limited" or "LTD" from the end of the company name under Section 60 of the Companies Act. If someone was to apply for this, this is generally actioned by Limited by Guarantee companies. 

We cannot currently action this request. 

A company Limited by Guarantee is an alternative type of limited company used mainly for non-profit organisations. It has members (or guarantors) that give an undertaking to contribute a nominal amount (typically very small) in the event of the winding up of the company.

A full guide to companies Limited by Guarantee can be found here.

When forming a private limited company by Guarantee in the UK, you will need to have the following:

  • Proof of ID
  • Company Name, Company Address and Business Activity
  • Director and Secretary (optional) Details
  • Members Details
  • People with Significant Control (PSC) Details
  • Memorandum and Articles (M&As)

We give you permission to use 20 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU as your company’s registered office (the official address for the company) and your company officers’ service address (the official address for company officers) for one year. After this period the package automatically renews.

The renewal price can be found on this link (login required). 

This service provides the scanning and emailing of all official government mail addressed to the company and officers. This includes mail from governing bodies such as Companies House, HM Revenue and Custom and Government Gateway. If you wish to receive standard business mail, our company Virtual Office MadeSimple can provide this service from as little as £29.99 a month.

 

All limited companies have the ability to update where their Registered Office is located. This can be done at any time during the lifespan of the business. 

However, the Registered Office can only be updated to a location within the country they are registered in. This (at this moment in time) cannot be changed. Please see the table below for a visual explanation. 

Registered Office Location
(At Time of Formation)

Country Registered In Can Update Address To Any Address Within
England England and Wales England and Wales
Scotland Scotland Scotland
Wales Wales Wales
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

Our service is therefore available to anybody that is thinking about registering a company in England (& Wales) or already has a limited company registered in England. 

A Registered Office is required for all UK Limited Companies.  

The Registered Office address will:

  • Appear on the public register at Companies House for all to view. 
  • Be sent Government mail* to this address and must be obtainable by the company.
  • Keep statutory registers here unless a SAIL address is provided.

Our Registered Office Service can be used in order to protect the privacy of your home address.

*Please click on the link to see the list of accepted documents.

For more information please see What is a Registered Office?

Yes! We offer our Registered Office service within the majority of our formation packages. Bundled together with a discounted fee, check it out here!

Yes, you can change the address of your Registered Office at any time after setting up a company, but it must always remain within the same country. If you change your Registered Office address, you must notify Companies House immediately and take steps to ensure all business stationery, correspondence and your company website clearly display the new Registered Office address.

Yes, you can use our Registered Office address as your service (correspondence) address. If you are a company director, secretary, person of significant control or shareholder and wish to keep your residential address private, the purchase of the Registered Office address service allows you to to do just that!

The people that are required to provide ID will be the account holder, the director's and the People with Significant Control (PSCs). This is line with legislation that everyone considered having significant influence or control over a company and thus are the important decision makers will need to be ID checked. 

Companies House will be enforcing this as of Late 2023 through the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023

All officers of a company must be ID verified prior to an application (or request) being sent across to Companies House for approval.

With the help of Credas' digital ID software, our free online ID check is very simple to complete. You will just require:

  • Government-issued photo ID, i.e. passport or driving licence (not expired)
  • Proof of residential address issued with the last 3 months / annual statement, i.e. bank statement, utility bill, etc
  • A device with the ability to take a live selfie such as a webcam or camera phone.

During the online ID verification, Credas' facial recognition technology will check if you are present and determine whether your face (selfie) matches the photo on your ID.

For a full guide please visit Proof of ID and Address Requirements [Comprehensive Guide].

We have a number of different articles available to assist you with troubleshooting any problems you may have. Please view them on the following link:

ID Troubleshooting

Any other queries or assistance required, please contact our ID Compliance team at [email protected].

 

  • Select ‘I need to verify ID for someone else'.
  • Enter the email address of the officer being verified and click the Send validation link button.
  • An email with the validation link has now been sent to the officer’s email address. The officer must open the link and follow the on-screen instructions to verify their identity.

For a full walkthrough please visit here

We will be unable to activate or provide any services to customers (or companies) unable to complete our ID checks. 

Non-Residents

Ideal if you live outside of the UK and want to form a UK company.

This package is designed for company formation in the UK for non-residents and includes maintenance services, international mail forwarding and a prestigious London address to use as your company’s registered office.

With Companies MadeSimple, we offer UK company formation for non-residents, streamlining and eliminating inefficiencies with the registration process. Setting up a UK company as a non-resident can be time consuming, and most of all, confusing. Rest assured that we can make it simple.

Plus the option to open a Wise Business multi-currency account* to send and receive international payments and get access to UK account details without a UK address.

What’s Included in Our Company Formation International Package:

  • Your company formed online and ready to trade in as little as 3 working hours
  • A Wise Business account* that gives you access to a unique UK account number and sort code along with other currencies
  • Digital Certificate of Incorporation, Share Certificates and M&As
  • Printed Certificate of Incorporation
  • Printed Share Certificate(s)
  • Maintenance of Statutory books
  • First year’s Confirmation Statement - preparation and filing
  • Prestigious Registered Office Address - N1 London
  • Director Service Address - keep your residential address private
  • International Mail Forwarding for 1 year and International Tracked Delivery

*Bank account openings are solely at the discretion of the bank provider with MadeSimple serving solely as the referrer. 

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  • International Package

    Ideal if you live outside of the UK and want to form a UK company. Includes maintenance services, international mail forwarding and a prestigious London address to use as your company’s registered office.

    £179.99 +VAT

    £179.99 +VAT

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We have a legal obligation to check Proof of ID and Proof of Address. This is to ensure we comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) requirements. Please check this article to see which documents we can accept.

Also Included in All of Our Packages

We give more value in all of our service packages.

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    Companies House filing fee

    Included in the price of all our packages. No hidden costs, what you see is what you get.

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    Free Online Admin portal

    Manage your companies online with our simple, easy to use dashboard (no paperwork required).

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    Unlimited 24/7 support

    We’re here for our customers whenever you need; simply call, email or chat with us and we’ll be happy to help.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

On the right, you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

If you still can't find the answer to your question, why not try our virtual assistant?

View all FAQs

Need Help and Advice Today?

Need help choosing a package? Call us on 020 7608 5500 and our team can assist you.

You can form a UK Limited company, even if you do not live in the UK or if you're a non-UK national

The director and shareholders can be of any nationality and live anywhere in the world. The director's will need to be at least 16 in order to be appointed an officer of the company. 

Your company however, will require a UK Registered Office address.

The International package includes our Registered Office Service; this means that you can use our London address as your company’s Registered Office. Any Companies House or HMRC mail that we receive is scanned and emailed straight to you to avoid any delays.

Yes, the following features can be renewed after the first year:

  • Registered Office & Service Address - Keep your home address private and let us take care of your official mail. 
  • Confirmation Statement - We will prepare one of your annual filing obligations for Companies House. 
  • 20 Free day passes to Workhub - Use our co-working space when visiting the UK and impress your clients with our prestigious facility. 
  • 10 Company Credit Reports - Never lose track of any company of interest again. Perform credit checks and more!
  • PSC Online Register - Ensure one of your obligations as a Limited company to keep internal registers are safe and secure on your online account with us. 
  • International forwarding of sensitive mail items - Receive any official unscannable and sensitive mail in the post.

    Price can be found on this link

The Mail Forwarding service (for normal business and personal mail) is not included as part of this renewal and can be renewed separately.

Once your company has been incorporated please let us know (via [email protected]) if you would like your documents posted and confirm the delivery address. We will then post these documents to you via international tracked mail, regardless of where you live.

The people that are required to provide ID will be the account holder, the director's and the People with Significant Control (PSCs). This is line with legislation that everyone considered having significant influence or control over a company and thus are the important decision makers will need to be ID checked. 

Companies House will be enforcing this as of Late 2023 through the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023

All officers of a company must be ID verified prior to an application (or request) being sent across to Companies House for approval.

With the help of Credas' digital ID software, our free online ID check is very simple to complete. You will just require:

  • Government-issued photo ID, i.e. passport or driving licence (not expired)
  • Proof of residential address issued with the last 3 months / annual statement, i.e. bank statement, utility bill, etc
  • A device with the ability to take a live selfie such as a webcam or camera phone.

During the online ID verification, Credas' facial recognition technology will check if you are present and determine whether your face (selfie) matches the photo on your ID.

For a full guide please visit Proof of ID and Address Requirements [Comprehensive Guide].

We have a number of different articles available to assist you with troubleshooting any problems you may have. Please view them on the following link:

ID Troubleshooting

Any other queries or assistance required, please contact our ID Compliance team at [email protected].

 

  • Select ‘I need to verify ID for someone else'.
  • Enter the email address of the officer being verified and click the Send validation link button.
  • An email with the validation link has now been sent to the officer’s email address. The officer must open the link and follow the on-screen instructions to verify their identity.

For a full walkthrough please visit here

We will be unable to activate or provide any services to customers (or companies) unable to complete our ID checks. 

All limited companies have the ability to update where their Registered Office is located. This can be done at any time during the lifespan of the business. 

However, the Registered Office can only be updated to a location within the country they are registered in. This (at this moment in time) cannot be changed. Please see the table below for a visual explanation. 

Registered Office Location
(At Time of Formation)

Country Registered In Can Update Address To Any Address Within
England England and Wales England and Wales
Scotland Scotland Scotland
Wales Wales Wales
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

Our service is therefore available to anybody that is thinking about registering a company in England (& Wales) or already has a limited company registered in England. 

A Registered Office is required for all UK Limited Companies.  

The Registered Office address will:

  • Appear on the public register at Companies House for all to view. 
  • Be sent Government mail* to this address and must be obtainable by the company.
  • Keep statutory registers here unless a SAIL address is provided.

Our Registered Office Service can be used in order to protect the privacy of your home address.

*Please click on the link to see the list of accepted documents.

For more information please see What is a Registered Office?

Yes! We offer our Registered Office service within the majority of our formation packages. Bundled together with a discounted fee, check it out here!

Yes, you can change the address of your Registered Office at any time after setting up a company, but it must always remain within the same country. If you change your Registered Office address, you must notify Companies House immediately and take steps to ensure all business stationery, correspondence and your company website clearly display the new Registered Office address.

Yes, you can use our Registered Office address as your service (correspondence) address. If you are a company director, secretary, person of significant control or shareholder and wish to keep your residential address private, the purchase of the Registered Office address service allows you to to do just that!

What's the difference?

We offer a mail forwarding service for UK and overseas (including PO Box addresses) customers in both our Registered Office and Virtual Office services. However, there is a difference in the type of mail that is forwarded for each service.

 

Registered Office Mail Forwarding

  • Is the receiving and forwarding of official mail (from particular Governing bodies) to you via scan - take a look at what is classified as official mail.
  • Does not include the receiving or forwarding of business/personal mail. For example, letters from your bank, customers, suppliers, etc. Therefore, you would need a Virtual Office service for this or you can provide an alternative address.

 

Virtual Office Mail Forwarding

  • Includes the receiving and forwarding of all business/personal mail to you. For example, letters from your bank, customers, suppliers, etc.
  • Can be used for marketing or advertising for your company. For example, if you currently have our virtual office service, the address can be on your website, business cards, email, etc.
  • Does not allow the authority to use the address as your company's registered office. Therefore, you would need a Registered Office service for this.
  • Does not include the receiving or forwarding of official mail. You would need a Registered Office service for this.

You will be notified via email if we receive any post for you that is included within your service. When you use our address as the registered office of your company, your company's Government mail will arrive at our address. We will then scan this across to you within 1 working day using our Digital Mailroom to the email address linked to your account with us on Companies Made Simple. 

You can also view a history of received letters through your Registered Office service in your Company Inbox

  • Your mail is delivered to our office by Royal Mail and courier. 
  • Once received, our post team sort the mail into categories in preparation for scanning. 
  • We use an industrial letter opener machine which opens 100s of letters per minute. 
  • The stacks of opened letters are then placed into the scanner, where the system matches the name against our database and sends the item to you. 
  • Where the system is not sure about a match it will defer to human analysis of the name and address. 
  • We store each physical batch for 7 days in case you require the original forwarded on. 
  • We employ a secure shredding company to destroy the physical items after this time.

The Registered Office service covers you for your Government mail*

*Government mail includes mail from UK governing bodies/ departments such as Companies House, HMRC, Government Gateway and the Intellectual Property Office that specifically relates to the administration of your business. A full list of accepted mail through the Registered Office service can be found on the following link:

What Post can I receive with my Registered Office Service?

If you are interested in a mail forwarding service where all your items of business mail get forwarded to you, our company Virtual Office MadeSimple can provide this service.

The Registered Office service allows you to receive "Official Government" mail

Contractors

Ideal for freelancers or contractors who need to register a limited company.

Everything you need to start, run and grow your new company. Optional extras are included FREE in our limited company formation packages. 

What You Get:

  • Your limited company formed online and ready to trade in as little as 3 working hours
  • Business Bank Account with Cashback
  • Digital Certificate of Incorporation, Share Certificates and Memorandum and Articles of Association (M&As) via email
  • Use of Prestigious Registered Office and Service Address in N1 London worth £79.99
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  • Contractor Package

    Ideal for freelancers or contractors who need to register a limited company.

    £59.99 +VAT

    £59.99 +VAT

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We have a legal obligation to check Proof of ID and Proof of Address. This is to ensure we comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) requirements. Please check our FAQs to see which documents we can accept.

Also Included in All of Our Packages

We give more value in all of our service packages.

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    Companies House Filing Fee

    Included in the price of all our packages. No hidden costs, what you see is what you get.

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    Free Online Admin Portal

    Manage your companies online with our simple, easy to use dashboard (no paperwork required).

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    Unlimited 24/7 Support

    We’re here for our customers whenever you need; simply call, email or chat with us and we’ll be happy to help.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

On the right, you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

If you still can't find the answer to your question, why not try our virtual assistant?

View all FAQs

Need Help and Advice Today?

Need help choosing a package? Call us on 020 7608 5500 and our team can assist you.

For all limited companies, corporation tax is 20%, compared to the 20-45% that an individual would pay. By setting up as a limited company, you could reduce your Income tax and National Insurance Contributions (NIC) resulting in higher take-home pay. Our tax saving calculator will help you compare the amount of tax payable on your estimated earnings and see which option is best for you.

Also known as ‘intermediaries legislation’, IR35 is a set of tax rules that apply to those who are contracted through an intermediary and not deemed ‘self employed’ by HMRC. It is designed to prevent individuals from not paying the right amount of tax through ‘disguised employment’. With the Contractor package we offer a free consultation with Pearl, specialist Accountants for contractors; they will be able to check if IR35 applies to you and provide further guidance on compliance.

If you no longer want to trade under a limited company, you can remove it from the Companies House register. With our company dissolution service, we’ll complete all the documentation to close (dissolve) your company for you.

The Contractor package includes a number of useful tools and services to help you get started in the right way:

  • Ready to Trade Limited Company - Your application to creating your limited by shares company
  • Registered Office Address - The official correspondence address of your company that is listed on the Companies House register.
  • Directors Service Address - The contact address for your company directors, shareholders and PSCs.
  • Official Government Mail Forwarding - All of your official statutory mail received, emailed and stored securely at no extra charge!
  • Digital Incorporation Documents
  • Referral to a specialist accountancy firm for contractors. 

For a full breakdown of the Contractor Package and all its features and descriptions please click here

The people that are required to provide ID will be the account holder, the director's and the People with Significant Control (PSCs). This is line with legislation that everyone considered having significant influence or control over a company and thus are the important decision makers will need to be ID checked. 

Companies House will be enforcing this as of Late 2023 through the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023

All officers of a company must be ID verified prior to an application (or request) being sent across to Companies House for approval.

With the help of Credas' digital ID software, our free online ID check is very simple to complete. You will just require:

  • Government-issued photo ID, i.e. passport or driving licence (not expired)
  • Proof of residential address issued with the last 3 months / annual statement, i.e. bank statement, utility bill, etc
  • A device with the ability to take a live selfie such as a webcam or camera phone.

During the online ID verification, Credas' facial recognition technology will check if you are present and determine whether your face (selfie) matches the photo on your ID.

For a full guide please visit Proof of ID and Address Requirements [Comprehensive Guide].

We have a number of different articles available to assist you with troubleshooting any problems you may have. Please view them on the following link:

ID Troubleshooting

Any other queries or assistance required, please contact our ID Compliance team at [email protected].

 

  • Select ‘I need to verify ID for someone else'.
  • Enter the email address of the officer being verified and click the Send validation link button.
  • An email with the validation link has now been sent to the officer’s email address. The officer must open the link and follow the on-screen instructions to verify their identity.

For a full walkthrough please visit here

We will be unable to activate or provide any services to customers (or companies) unable to complete our ID checks. 

All limited companies have the ability to update where their Registered Office is located. This can be done at any time during the lifespan of the business. 

However, the Registered Office can only be updated to a location within the country they are registered in. This (at this moment in time) cannot be changed. Please see the table below for a visual explanation. 

Registered Office Location
(At Time of Formation)

Country Registered In Can Update Address To Any Address Within
England England and Wales England and Wales
Scotland Scotland Scotland
Wales Wales Wales
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

Our service is therefore available to anybody that is thinking about registering a company in England (& Wales) or already has a limited company registered in England. 

A Registered Office is required for all UK Limited Companies.  

The Registered Office address will:

  • Appear on the public register at Companies House for all to view. 
  • Be sent Government mail* to this address and must be obtainable by the company.
  • Keep statutory registers here unless a SAIL address is provided.

Our Registered Office Service can be used in order to protect the privacy of your home address.

*Please click on the link to see the list of accepted documents.

For more information please see What is a Registered Office?

Yes! We offer our Registered Office service within the majority of our formation packages. Bundled together with a discounted fee, check it out here!

Yes, you can change the address of your Registered Office at any time after setting up a company, but it must always remain within the same country. If you change your Registered Office address, you must notify Companies House immediately and take steps to ensure all business stationery, correspondence and your company website clearly display the new Registered Office address.

Yes, you can use our Registered Office address as your service (correspondence) address. If you are a company director, secretary, person of significant control or shareholder and wish to keep your residential address private, the purchase of the Registered Office address service allows you to to do just that!

Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

Often used by accountancy or law firms, an LLP agreement helps protect partner liability.

What Is a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP):

A limited liability partnership (LLP) is a partnership with limited liability for its members. It has the flexibility of a partnership and is taxed as a partnership. In other respects, it is similar to a private company.

 

What Is Limited Liability:

 

An LLP business is a separate legal entity and, while the LLP itself will be liable for the full extent of its assets, the liability of the members will be limited.

 

What Are the Legal Requirements of an LLP:

 

LLPs must have a minimum of two members who have the intention of starting lawful trade and with a view to make profit. There is no maximum number of people that can join an LLP. A partner need not be a UK resident. An LLP also requires a registered office address which must be based in the UK and cannot be a PO Box or otherwise.

 

Who Is Responsible for the Company:

 

As with a limited company or a corporation, members of LLPs cannot, in the absence of fraud or wrongful trading, lose more than they invest.

What’s Included in Our LLP Formation Package:

  • Fast Online Formation
  • Companies House Registration Fee
  • Printed Certificate of Incorporation
  • Digital Memorandum and Articles of Association (M&As)
  • Free Domain Name From Websites MadeSimple
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  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

    Register a limited liability partnership. Includes free draft LLP Agreement.

    £99.99 +VAT

    £99.99 +VAT

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We have a legal obligation to check Proof of ID and Proof of Address. This is to ensure we comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) requirements. Please check this article to see which documents we can accept.

Why Do You Need an LLP Agreement?

Save on legal costs and avoid expensive disputes by using our free draft LLP Agreement, prepared by our specialist partnership solicitors.

Without an LLP agreement, it is not possible to divide the share capital and profits other than equally, regardless of whether members of the LLP have invested different amounts.  

Also, in the absence of an agreement a member who is not performing cannot be removed from the LLP.

The applicable legislation will impose certain rights and obligations on the members which may not reflect their intentions. Having a written agreement in place gives members the opportunity to vary or exclude the default position imposed by law, and to establish an agreement in other areas.

Also Included in All of Our Packages

We give more value in all of our service packages.

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    Companies House Filing Fee

    Included in the price of all our packages. No hidden costs, what you see is what you get.

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    Free Online Admin Portal

    Manage your companies online with our simple, easy to use dashboard (no paperwork required).

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    Unlimited 24/7 Support

    We’re here for our customers whenever you need; simply call, email or chat with us and we’ll be happy to help.

Setting Up an LLP with Companies MadeSimple

 

If you are looking to form a UK Limited Liability Partnership, Companies MadeSimple can make the process easier for you. Our packages include a wide range of services that are designed to significantly enhance and streamline the process of setting up an LLP. 

We make the LLP registration process straightforward and efficient, with a keen focus on your business success. No matter your business goals, the experts at Companies MadeSimple can help. 
 

How to Set Up an LLP Business

  1. Search - check your LLP name availability with our name availability tool
  2. Select - pick our LLP formation package outlined above, including any add-ons
  3. Buy - purchase your chosen LLP package to begin the registration process with us 
  4. Complete - submit the LLP registration form online 

An ID check will be required as part of Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer regulations. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Valid passport or driving licence AND
  • (Issued within the last 3 months) Bank statement, utility bill etc. OR,
  • Annual statement

For more information about proof of ID and address requirements, please visit here.

Once you have submitted your LLP formation application to us, we will automatically send this to Companies House for processing. LLPs can be formed in as little as 3 hours* (excluding weekends and bank holidays). 

For same-day processing, take a look at our Same Day guarantee (add-on) when confirming your package. Click here for more details regarding same-day incorporations. 

*Time can vary depending on potential technical difficulties and the Companies House workload. LLP registrations submitted on weekends or bank holidays will be processed the next business day, subject to Companies House capacity.

Our Frequently Asked Questions

On the right, you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

If you still can't find the answer to your question, why not try our virtual assistant?

View all FAQs

Need Help and Advice Today?

Need help choosing a package? Call us on 020 7608 5500 and our team can assist you.

A Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) is a partnership with limited liability for its members, each member having their own liability for their own actions. It has the flexibility of a partnership and is taxed as a partnership. In other respects, it is similar to a private company.

A full guide to Limited Liability Partnerships can be found here.

An LLP must have a minimum of two people (members) who have the intention of starting lawful trade and to (or intending to) make a profit. A member can be a person or a company, known as a 'corporate member'.

There is no maximum number of people that can join an Limited Liability Partnership. A partner need not be a UK resident.

When forming a Limited Liability Partnership in the UK, you will need to have the following:

A Limited Liability Partnership as an organisation is not taxable but the individual members are. They will not file a Company Tax Return but instead the untaxed profits will be distributed amongst its members and they then pay tax on the value of their portion. This will be via a Self Assessment tax return. 

In the United Kingdom, LLPs are governed by the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000 (in England and Wales and Scotland) and the Limited Liability Partnerships Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 in Northern Ireland.

The people that are required to provide ID will be the account holder, the director's and the People with Significant Control (PSCs). This is line with legislation that everyone considered having significant influence or control over a company and thus are the important decision makers will need to be ID checked. 

Companies House will be enforcing this as of Late 2023 through the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023

All officers of a company must be ID verified prior to an application (or request) being sent across to Companies House for approval.

With the help of Credas' digital ID software, our free online ID check is very simple to complete. You will just require:

  • Government-issued photo ID, i.e. passport or driving licence (not expired)
  • Proof of residential address issued with the last 3 months / annual statement, i.e. bank statement, utility bill, etc
  • A device with the ability to take a live selfie such as a webcam or camera phone.

During the online ID verification, Credas' facial recognition technology will check if you are present and determine whether your face (selfie) matches the photo on your ID.

For a full guide please visit Proof of ID and Address Requirements [Comprehensive Guide].

We have a number of different articles available to assist you with troubleshooting any problems you may have. Please view them on the following link:

ID Troubleshooting

Any other queries or assistance required, please contact our ID Compliance team at [email protected].

 

  • Select ‘I need to verify ID for someone else'.
  • Enter the email address of the officer being verified and click the Send validation link button.
  • An email with the validation link has now been sent to the officer’s email address. The officer must open the link and follow the on-screen instructions to verify their identity.

For a full walkthrough please visit here

We will be unable to activate or provide any services to customers (or companies) unable to complete our ID checks. 

All limited companies have the ability to update where their Registered Office is located. This can be done at any time during the lifespan of the business. 

However, the Registered Office can only be updated to a location within the country they are registered in. This (at this moment in time) cannot be changed. Please see the table below for a visual explanation. 

Registered Office Location
(At Time of Formation)

Country Registered In Can Update Address To Any Address Within
England England and Wales England and Wales
Scotland Scotland Scotland
Wales Wales Wales
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Northern Ireland

Our service is therefore available to anybody that is thinking about registering a company in England (& Wales) or already has a limited company registered in England. 

A Registered Office is required for all UK Limited Companies.  

The Registered Office address will:

  • Appear on the public register at Companies House for all to view. 
  • Be sent Government mail* to this address and must be obtainable by the company.
  • Keep statutory registers here unless a SAIL address is provided.

Our Registered Office Service can be used in order to protect the privacy of your home address.

*Please click on the link to see the list of accepted documents.

For more information please see What is a Registered Office?

Yes! We offer our Registered Office service within the majority of our formation packages. Bundled together with a discounted fee, check it out here!

Yes, you can change the address of your Registered Office at any time after setting up a company, but it must always remain within the same country. If you change your Registered Office address, you must notify Companies House immediately and take steps to ensure all business stationery, correspondence and your company website clearly display the new Registered Office address.

Yes, you can use our Registered Office address as your service (correspondence) address. If you are a company director, secretary, person of significant control or shareholder and wish to keep your residential address private, the purchase of the Registered Office address service allows you to to do just that!