A Beautifully Simple Private Company Limited by Shares Formation Service

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Company Ending Selection

Most new companies are formed as private companies limited by shares. These companies will normally be formed with ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’ at the end of the company name. Select your preferred option from the dropdown box rather than typing it in the company name.

Different name endings options are available for public limited companies and limited liability partnerships.

Companies to be registered in Wales can choose either to use the standard English name endings for the company type or Welsh language variants.

Only companies limited by guarantee which meet a number of conditions can be formed without any name ending.


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A super quick simple 5 step process to form your company

  • Choose a company name

    Start by using our company name search tool to check your proposed name. We’ll instantly confirm whether the name you’ve chosen is available.

  • Select a company package

    Our range includes something for everyone. From the simplest formation to a comprehensive package, simply pick the one that’s right for you.

  • Customise your company

    Our award-winning software makes it quick and easy to enter the details to form your company. You can also choose from our useful range of optional extras.

  • Pay and submit application

    We only ask you to pay via our secure service once you’ve completed everything. Your application is then immediately submitted.

  • Formed & all ready to go!

    Once Companies House approve your application, you’ll receive your formation documents by email, followed by any other services that you’ve ordered.

Our range of Private Company Limited by Shares formation packages means that, whatever your needs, we have something that's tailored to you


£59.99 + VAT Worth £64.99Save £5

A simple, cost-effective package to start your company that provides a full set of formation documents in digital (PDF) format

Package highlights include:
  • Private ltd company
  • Digital company formation documents
  • Access to company management software
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£79.99 + VAT Worth £89.98Save £9.99

Ideal if you’d prefer hard copies of formation documents. You’ll receive a complete set of documents by post as well as via email.

Package highlights include:
  • Basic package +
  • Print incorporation documents
  • Printed share certificates
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£124.99 + VAT Worth £139.97Save £14.98

Perfect if you want to keep your home address private, making use of a prestigious London registered office address and service address.

Package highlights include:
  • Printed package +
  • London registered office address
  • London officer service address
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£159.99 + VAT Worth £208.95Save £48.96

Great if you really want to impress, this superior package offers you premium share certificates, bound company registers and company seal.

Package highlights include:
  • Capital package +
  • Bound registers and company seal
  • Premium share certificates
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£339.99 + VAT Worth £448.92Save £108.93

A comprehensive package, giving you ultimate peace of mind. Includes everything in our other packages and a whole lot more.

Package highlights include:
  • Professional package +
  • Company stamp and name plate
  • Trading address
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Subscription users offer

Subscribers get £10 off all formations. Alongside other amazing benefits, that means even better value for accountants, solicitors and anyone else forming lots of companies.

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Customise your package

Want to add something to your formation package? You can always add further items you’d like as you complete your order.

We also offer the opportunity to buy lots of useful items for existing companies!

We've helped 1000s of UK companies get started.
Learn why you should use Inform Direct to form your company...

  • Amazing customer support from our helpful and knowledgeable team

    We form 1000s of companies every year and our team are company formation experts. We’re always happy to assist wherever we can to help you form your company.

  • The quickest and simplest company formation process available in the UK

    We’ve streamlined company formation, breaking it into simple steps. You can complete the process in minutes, and Companies House approve most companies in 24 hours.

  • Access to Inform Direct Our company secretarial software supports you throughout the life of your company

    Our intuitive software makes it really easy to manage your company, helping you to maintain vital records and file documents with Companies House.

  • Award Winning Software Inform Direct is the leading formations software for businesses and accountants

    We’ve won prizes at both the Business Finance Awards and British Accountancy Awards. But our most cherished accolades are the testimonials from all our happy customers.

  • Great value for money Amazing features and fantastic service at a stunning price

    We’re determined to offer our customers excellent value for money. Only pay for what you need, and benefit from significant savings with our company formation packages.

  • Formations tailored to you A range of company types, packages and add ons available

    We form all of the major types of company in the UK. Whatever your needs, we have a package that’s right for you – and a range of great optional extras to help you on your way.

Don't just take our word for it, see what our customers have to say...
5 Star Company Formations Rating
  • Great service, I received everything I needed. Prompt service and great customer service.

  • Smooth and complete service, with good visibility of what is going on. Also, excellent value.

    Chris T
  • Quick and simple right through to automatically producing board minutes and electronically filing all documents for online access

  • Quick, simple, cost effective

  • Great Service all round. Quick efficient and straight to the point.

    Craig Currie
  • A very easy and time efficient system!!

    Marcus Bishop Associates
  • Very simple and not expensive at all! Do not hesitate to use as well the registered address they provided in London, Im using this new feature now, it s hassle free, and extremely efficient!

    Saphyr Business International Ltd
  • A simple and easy to use process.

    IABC Ltd
  • Very user-friendly website and first class after-sales service

Award winning software Inform Direct is flexible, intuitive award winning software

Which company type is best for your company?

Private Company Limited by Shares

By far the most popular type of company formation, a private company limited by shares offers its owners limited liability. The company is owned by one or more shareholders who hold its shares. It can operate with one or more directors and there’s no need to appoint a company secretary.

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Limited Liability Partnership

A limited liability partnership can be ideal if you want to combine the protection offered by limited liability with the flexibility of a traditional partnership. Although used by some other businesses, it’s most often used by professionals (like accountants, solicitors and architects) and consultants.

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Private Company Limited by Guarantee

Instead of shareholders, a company limited by guarantee has members who undertake to contribute an amount of money if the business is wound up. This is usually a great choice for not-for-profit organisations, like clubs and associations. It’s not suitable for charities or profit-making businesses.

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Public Limited Company

Far less common than a private company limited by shares, a public limited company (or plc) is the only type of UK company permitted to offer its shares to the public. In return, it must be formed with at least a minimum amount of share capital and fulfil a number of strict legal obligations.

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