Your company formation checklist

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Forming a company is no longer a time consuming or complicated task.  Our step by step online process means that there is no paperwork to complete and you will be able to enter all your company details very quickly.  We electronically submit your application to Companies House and they should approve your new company in as little as 3-4 hours.  Use our simple checklist to help you assemble the details you need to register a company and this may be your most straightforward company formation ever.

Companies House should approve your new company in as little as 3-4 hours.

Company name

Choose a company name, including the ending Limited or Ltd then check whether it is available using our company name search tool.

Registered office

This is the address that will appear on Companies House records and to which all official correspondence to your company will be sent.  You need to provide the full address including postcode.

Share particulars

A limited company must have at least one share in issue at the time of incorporation.  Inform Direct supports companies with share classes that are fully paid, fully unpaid or partly paid and share class currencies denominated in £ Sterling, euros or US dollars.  You will need to provide the nominal value of each share class and the prescribed particulars applying.

Directors

Your company must have at least one director who is an individual (not a corporate director) aged 16 or over.  For each individual director you will need to provide:

  • Full forename(s)
  • Surname
  • Previous name(s)
  • Full service address including town, county and postcode (for the public record)
  • Usual residential address (protected information which will not be displayed on the public record)
  • Country of residence
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Business occupation
  • The number of shares, if any, the director is to have, and details of any consideration paid
  • Confirmation that the individual has consented to act as a director of the company. We’ve created a free template consent to act form that you can use for this purpose.

For each corporate director you will need to provide:

  • Corporate name and company registration number
  • Registered/principal office address (including postcode)
  • Whether or not the director is an EEA company
  • For a non-EEA company, details of the legal form of the corporate body and the law by which it is governed
  • The name of the authorised signatory
  • The number of shares, if any, the corporate director is to have, and details of any consideration paid
  • Confirmation that the corporate body has consented to act as a director of the company. We’ve created a free template consent to act form for corporate directors that you can use for this purpose.

Company Secretary

You are not required to appoint a secretary, but if you do, for an individual company secretary you will need to provide:

  • Full forename(s)
  • Surname
  • Previous name(s)
  • Full service address including town, county and postcode
  • The number of shares, if any, the secretary is to have, and details of any consideration paid
  • Confirmation that the individual has consented to act as an officer of the company. We’ve created a free template consent to act form that you can use for this purpose.

If another company is to act as secretary you will need:

  • Corporate name and company registration number
  • Registered/principal office address (including postcode)
  • Where the company is registered
  • For a non-EEA company, details of the legal form of the corporate body or firm and the law by which it is governed
  • The number of shares, if any, the corporate secretary is to have, and details of any consideration paid
  • Confirmation that the corporate body has consented to act as an officer of the company. We’ve created a free template consent to act form for corporate officers that you can use for this purpose.

Shareholders

If the shareholder is also a director or secretary, you will have provided the details needed already.  For a shareholder who is not a director or secretary, you will need to provide:

  • Full forename(s)
  • Surname
  • Full correspondence address (for the public record)
  • Details of 3 security items (see later)  

Persons with significant control (PSCs)

PSCs are often a director or shareholder, if so, you will have provided most of the details needed already, the remaining information you will need to provide is:

If they are an individual, but not a director or shareholder, you will also need to provide:

  • Full forename(s)
  • Surname
  • Full service address including town, county and postcode (for the public record)
  • Usual residential address (protected information which will not be displayed on the public record)
  • Country of residence
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality

If they are a corporate PSC, but not a director or shareholder, you will also need to provide:

  • Corporate name and company registration number
  • Registered/principal office address (including postcode)
  • Whether or not the corporate person is an EEA company
  • Details of the legal form of the corporate body and the law by which it is governed
  • Name of the register in which the corporate appears
  • The name of the authorised signatory

Security items

In order to file documents electronically Companies House will require an electronic signature for each subscriber.  This signature consists of answers to any 3 of the following security items:

  • Town of birth (first 3 letters required)
  • Telephone number (last 3 digits required)
  • National insurance number (last 3 digits required)
  • Mother’s maiden name (first 3 letters required)
  • Father’s first name (first 3 letters required)

The information will not appear anywhere on the public record.

Ready to form a company?

If you’re ready to register your company then you can start the process now. The first step is to check that your company name is available.


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