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How does Inform Direct make managing company details really easy?
Our intelligent software has been designed to ask you straightforward questions, turning your answers into the correct format before electronically filing your submission with Companies House. Features designed to help you easily manage changes to your company details include:
simultaneous updating of your statutory registers if required when you file a change;
automatic inclusion of changes in your next confirmation statement;
pre-populated template minutes and resolutions to support your changes;
automatic saving of documents to your Document Library; and
company name checking facility that allows you to verify with Companies House that your proposed company name is available.
Using Inform Direct to manage your company details, including changes to your registered office address; implementation of a SAIL address; change of accounting reference date; filing of dormant accounts and changes of company name, will enable you to process any update swiftly.
There are a number of rules that cover company names including the characters that can be included, words or phrases that can only be used in certain circumstances or with certain supporting evidence, words or phrases that cannot be used, names that are too similar to an existing company and names that can only be used with supporting evidence from a company with a similar name.
The main rules are covered by The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2014 and The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2015. Certain specific words or phrases are covered by other legislation which prevents or restricts their use in company names.
Inform Direct’s incorporation process will help you choose a name that should be acceptable.
With Inform Direct you can form your company limited by shares with one or more share classes, and issue subscriber shares that are fully paid, fully unpaid or partly paid. Inform Direct supports various currencies, including British pounds, euros and US dollars. If a currency you want is not available you can ask us to add it.
For unlisted public limited companies the subscriber shares must have any share premium fully paid and have at least 25% of the nominal value paid.
For private companies limited by guarantee only one membership class is allowed for subscribers.
Do I need to issue share certificates to the initial shareholders?
You should issue share certificates to the initial shareholders (often called subscribers) once the company has been formed. Inform Direct will generate these for you.
For companies limited by guarantee this will be membership certificates.
Our basic certificates are free but you can opt for different template certificates for a one off payment if you want. You can also opt to have the initial certificates printed if you opt for printed documents.
No. LLPs do not have directors or secretaries, instead they have designated members. It is the designated members that make the decisions for the LLP. Not all LLP members are necessarily designated members but a LLP must have at least two designated members.
Do you refund if I change my mind after submitting a formation request?
Unfortunately we are unable to make a refund once an application has been submitted to Companies House. Your application to register a company will be submitted as soon as your payment completes and we must also settle the Companies House fee directly the moment your application is submitted.
How does Inform Direct make company formation really easy?
The Inform Direct company formation process is highly automated and has been designed as a series of very simple steps. There is clear guidance at each step so you will always understand what details you need to provide. You will find that the information required for your new company can be entered very quickly and you will not be asked to re-enter the same information again and again. So if someone is going to be a director, a secretary, a shareholder and a PSC you will only have to enter their details once. Similarly if the same address is being used for the registered office and the service address you will only need to provide it once.
At the end of the process you will be able to review and check all the details you have entered are correct before submitting your company registration application electronically. You will receive immediate confirmation that your application has been safely delivered to Companies House. As soon as your company has been successfully registered we will alert you by email as well as sending you all your incorporation documents.
Once your company has been registered by Companies House you will also have FREE access to our company secretarial software. This will enable you to print any share or member certificates that have been automatically produced for you during the incorporation process. Similarly, your company statutory registers will have been completed for you and these will also be available to view and print.
This is dependent upon the volume of applications received by Companies House at any one time. However, although we cannot guarantee that your company will be registered within one day, company formation applications are usually accepted within one business day of submission.
If you submit your application to form a company before 2:30 pm on a UK business day, you can request that Companies House process the application on the same day. Companies House will charge an additional fee for this service.