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UK Company Registration Within 1-3 Hours With Coddan - Registering a Company With London Based Companies House Approved Agent

Registering a UK company online: Coddan is a top-performing provider of bespoke company registration, and creative private company registration solutions. We are a leading full-service company registration agent providing a comprehensive range of company start-up to organisations and individuals alike. Our reputation is built on providing top quality limited company registration services and by developing long term, mutually beneficial relationships with all clients, including individuals and businesses across the UK and internationally. We offer the complete UK company registration service with your choice of a company name registration, we can also assist with opening a suitable company banking account with Barclays or RBC, Lloyd's, NatWest banks, we can also help to open a bank account for behalf of your UK registered company in other countries, please call us to discuss your needs.
How to become a LTD company in the UK? While we have tried to include the majority of customer new private business registration requirements identified by our many years of managing the companies incorporation needs of both UK and non-UK residents, there may be company formation requirements that you need in addition to these. Often these are tax, additional corporate or ownership documents required in your home country to avoid any double taxation risks.

Company Registration Advantages

ADVANTAGES

  • We register companies 24/7
  • We form different types of companies
  • We provide post-registration service
Company Registration Convenience

CONVENIENCE

  • Company registration in 3 hours
  • Provision of a registered address
  • Qualified pre & post registration support
Our UK Companies Registration Packages
£24.99

NO HIDDEN CHARGES

1
option

This UK company registration with free referral to business bank account is for customers, who have an address in the UK, & want to keep the company registration simple, and paper free.

The following documents will be sending via e-mail upon the registration of a company:

    • The certificate of incorporation;
    • The Coddan tailor-made memorandum & articles of association;
    • The free referral to corporate bank account (which is optional).
£39.99

NO HIDDEN PRICES

2
option

This company registration in the UK with guaranteed bank account is for people who already have a registered address & require the basic company establishment plus additional documentation provided by e-mail & send FOC by post.

This private company registration in UK includes all services mentioned in the first option, plus:

  • The meeting of the board of directors;
  • Share certificates;
  • The company' register;
  • The laminated certificate of incorporation (free delivery by post).
£82.49

NO HIDDEN RATES

3
option

This package is for customers who want all the traditional trappings of UK company registration online with the impressive bound documents.

This offer includes all company registrations benefits mentioned in the first & the second options, plus free delivery of:

  • One set of the memorandum and articles of association with a company's registers printed & premium bound;
  • The first meeting of the board of directors, elegant printed shares certificates & of course, the company rubber stamp;
  • The certificate of the beneficial owner.
£89.49

ANNUAL FEES FROM £75.00

4
option

This company registration package is especially for expatriates & UK residents, who are requiring registering a company with prestige registered office address in London.

This company start-up offer includes all UK company registration benefits mentioned in the first & the second options, with the addition of:

  • The registered office address in London;
  • The government mail forwarding;
  • The secretarial compliance service & the certificate of the registered office address.
£119.49

ANNUAL FEES FROM £105.00

1
option

This company registration in the UK is especially for non-UK residents, who are requiring registering a company with prestige legal address in London & secretarial compliance for one year.

The following items are included into this UK LTD registration offer:

  • The certificate of incorporation, the memorandum & articles;
  • The company's registers, shares' certificates & meeting of the board of directors;
  • The registered office address;
  • The government mail forwarding & the secretarial compliance
£469.49

ANNUAL FEES FROM £455.00

2
option

This UK company registration package is exclusively for non-UK clients, who are requiring forming a company with a registered office address in London & a nominee director. The bank account upon request.

This company registration offer includes everything in the first option, together with the advantages of:

  • The provision of a nominee director; signed power of attorney;
  • The signed, undated resignation letter from a nominee director;
  • The agreement for the provision of nominee director service.
£619.49

ANNUAL FEES FROM £605.00

3
option

This is one of the most popular UK company registration packages with a nominee shareholder, as an additional option to the nominee director, & registered address in London, on 120 Baker Street.

This UK LTD company registration offer includes everything in the second option, plus the following enhancements:

  • The provision of a nominee shareholder service for one year;
  • The declaration of trust signed by a nominee shareholder;
  • The certificate of the confirmation of a beneficial owner. Bank account is available on request.
£779.49

ANNUAL FEES FROM £605.00

4
option

This is our most comprehensive private company registration package with all documents verified by solicitor or notary public & certified by the apostilled stamp affixed.

This limited company registration offer includes everything in the third company set-up option, plus:

  • The certification of all corporate documents including power of attorney by practising solicitor or notary public & the final verification of all company' documents by an apostille seal.
  • Coddan will supply corporate and attorney-in-law rubber stamps. Additional services are available.
£324.00

ANNUAL CHARGE £280.00

1
option

We offer the company registration in the UK, with the registered address, SAIL address, director's service address and business address together.

The following benefits are included into this LTD company start-up offer:

    • The new company registration with registered office address;
    • The provision of SAIL, director' and shareholder service address;
    • The certificate of incorporation;
    • The Coddan tailor-made memorandum & articles of association;
    • The certificate of the registered office address, etc.
£724.00

ANNUAL CHARGE £280.00

2
option

This UK company registration package is especially created for UK and non-UK customers, who are requiring registering a limited company with a bank account in EU country.

This private company formation offer includes:

  • The new company formation with registered office address;
  • The provision of SAIL, director' and shareholder service address;
  • The certificate of incorporation;
  • The Coddan tailor-made memorandum & articles of association;
  • The certificate of the registered office address, and much more.
£1,224

ANNUAL CHARGE £780.00

3
option

This private company registration package is for clients, who are requiring forming a UK company with a nominee director, nominee shareholder, and business bank account in EU country.

This offer includes all company setting up benefits mentioned in the second option, plus:

  • The provision of a nominee director & nominee shareholder;
  • The signed power of attorney;
  • The signed, undated resignation letter from a nominee director;
  • The signed trust deed & much more.
£1,924

ANNUAL fee £780.00

4
option

This British company registration package is for consumers, who are requiring registering a company with nominee director, nominee shareholder, and Swiss business bank account.

This company establishment offer includes the following benefits:

  • The Swiss business bank account;
  • The certification of all corporate documents including a power of attorney by British solicitor or notary public & the final verification of all company' documents by an apostille stamp.
£100.00

ANNUAL CHARGE £150.00

1
option

This dormant company registration comes with the registered office address at Baker Street, nominee secretary & keeping your company registers at the registered address.

The following services are included upon the registration of your dormant company:

    • The initial registration of your company as a dormant with the HMRC;
    • The provision of the tax agent with the HMRC;
    • The preparation & submission of the annual return and year-end dormant account;
    • The laminated certificate of incorporation, memorandum & articles of association.
£1,250

ANNUAL COSTS £1,250

2
option

This private limited company start up comes with the year-end annual return & annual account preparation, and its submission with Companies House & HMRC (for a trading company).

The complete company registration with annual accounts package includes:

  • The formation of a new company with Companies House and HMRC;
  • The provision of a registered office address & nominee secretary;
  • Opening of a corporate bank account;
  • The preparation and filing of the annual account & return with Companies House and HMRC.
£1,800

ANNUAL FEE £1,800

3
option

This limited company registration service comes with the monthly bookkeeping, year-end annual accounts preparation and its submission with Companies House & HMRC.

This fast UK company registration includes:

  • The setting-up of a new company with Companies House and HMRC;
  • The provision of legal office address & nominee secretary;
  • Opening of a business bank account;
  • Monthly bookkeeping service;
  • The preparation and filing of the annual account & return with Companies House and HMRC.
£2,400

ANNUAL CHARGE £2,400

4
option

This package is ideal for such customers, who needs to appoint Coddan as the business incorporation & tax agent to deal with the bookkeeping & VAT requirements.

This company registrations offer includes all benefits & items mentioned in the third option, with the addition of:

  • The provision of the VAT and tax agent;
  • The VAT registration;
  • The keeping of the VAT & bookkeeping records with its submission & registration with CH and HMRC;
  • Additional services are available.
£24.99

NO HIDDEN CHARGES

1
option

This Scottish company setting-up with business bank account is for clients, who have an address in Scotland, & want open a company with no hassle or gimmicks.

The following documents will be dispatched via e-mail upon the registration of a company in Scotland:

    • The certificate of incorporation;
    • The Coddan tailor-made memorandum & articles of association;
    • The free referral to Barclays, RBS or Lloyds bank account.
£39.99

NO HIDDEN COSTS

2
option

This company registration in Alba with assured banking account is for people who already have a registered address in Scotland & require an LTD registration plus extra documentation provided by e-mail & by post.

This private company incorporation in Scotland offer includes all services mentioned in the first option, plus:

  • The meeting of the board of directors;
  • Share certificates;
  • The company' register;
  • The laminated certificate of incorporation (free delivery by post).
£82.49

NO HIDDEN FEES

3
option

This package is for people who want all the traditional trappings of Scottish company formation with impressive bound documents.

This offer includes all Scottish LTD registration benefits mentioned in the first & the second options, plus free delivery of:

  • One set of the memorandum and articles of association with a company's registers printed & premium bounded;
  • The first meeting of the board of directors, elegant shares certificates & of course, the legal rubber stamp; & certificate of the beneficial owner.
£139.99

ANNUAL FEES FROM £125.00

4
option

This Scottish company incorporation package especially for expatriates & UK residents, who are requiring registering a company with a registered address in Edinburgh.

This company start up in Edinburgh offer includes all company establishment benefits & items mentioned in the first & the second options, with the addition of:

  • The registered office address in Edinburgh;
  • The government mail forwarding;
  • The secretarial compliance service & certificate of the registered office address.
£24.99

NO HIDDEN CHARGES

1
option

This company formation in North of Ireland with business bank account is for clients, who have an address in Northern of Ireland, & want simple company registration.

The following documents will be sending via e-mail upon the setting-up of a company in Ulster:

    • The certificate of incorporation;
    • The Coddan tailor-made memorandum & articles of association;
    • The free referral to a corporate bank account.
£39.99

NO HIDDEN COSTS

2
option

This company creation in Northern Ireland with guaranteed bank account is for people who already have a registered address in Ulster & require the company registration plus extra documentation provided by e-mail & by post.

This business registration in Ulster offer includes all services mentioned in the first option, plus:

  • The meeting of the board of directors;
  • Share certificates;
  • The company' register;
  • The laminated certificate of incorporation (free delivery by post).
£82.49

NO HIDDEN FEES

3
option

This package is for customers who want all the traditional Northern Ireland company registration with bound documents.

This offer includes all LTD formation benefits mentioned in the first & the second options, plus free delivery of:

  • One set of the memorandum and articles of association with a company's registers printed & premium bound;
  • The first meeting of the board of directors, elegant printed shares certificates & the official company rubber stamp;
  • The certificate of the beneficial owner.
£139.99

ANNUAL FEES FROM £125.00

4
option

This Irish company registration is especially for expatriates & UK residents, who are requiring creating a company with a legal registered address in Belfast.

This company set up in Northern Ireland offer includes all benefits & items mentioned in the first & the second options, with the addition of:

  • The registered office address in Belfast;
  • The government mail forwarding;
  • The secretarial compliance service & the certificate of the registered office address;
  • Additional services are available.

Are you Ready to Register a Company & Need a Limited Company Registration in London, Edinburgh, or in Belfast?

Should you register a limited company? At Coddan we are happy to discuss any specific private or public company registration requirements no matter how complex and our considerable experience of dealing with company's formation & new companies registration across the UK allow us to give accurate new company start-up & post-registration advice in the majority of cases. You can register a limited company with Coddan within one hour or so!

Coddan CPM can offer its clients the guidance and knowledge that we have accumulated through years of experience within the company registration industry. Our team of professional business advisors handle all aspects of company registration on a daily basis and can assist you with all your business needs. When you register a company with Coddan, we help you every step of the way and can guide you through the business registration process and beyond. We can advise you about the most tax efficient company vehicle for you as well as handling all your accounting needs.

We cover employment contracts, company law, payroll, tax services, intellectual property, trademark registration, shareholder agreements, and numerous other aspects of business. We also provide nominee services and sell ready-made companies, in addition to providing power of attorneys and all legal paperwork. Coddan CPM's primary function is to help new and existing businesses grow by offering them a comprehensive list of services and supporting their business needs. Our advisors can discuss legal structures and help you choose the most effective and efficient register of a company to suit your business needs. We can also advise you as to the particular responsibilities that accompany these business vehicles and ensure that you stay within the realm of the law.

From a Simple Company Registration Offer to a Nominee Director, & Everything in Between ...

UK Company Registration

Over the years, we have registered thousands of companies that have gone on to be extremely successful and turnover millions of pounds in profit. In addition to offering advice on registering a company, we also help you to avoid fines from Companies House by alerting you as to when you need to file statutory accounts. When you register a company with Coddan CPM, we like to build up a healthy working relationship and allow you the security of knowing that you can rely on us for any advice or additional services. However, if you are thinking of a company registration and get help, and then get in touch with Coddan CPM for an expert company registration advice. If you need an assistance with a company registrations in the UK, you can also speak to our business advisors between 9.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday by telephoning + (0) 207.935.5171 or + (0) 330.808.0089 (national rates).

Register a Company Online: Limited Company Registration in 2-4 Hours

Register a Company Online

If starting your own business has always been your dream, then Coddan can help you make that dream a reality. An automated limited company registration service that can register a limited company usually within 2-4 working hours; the private company establishment or a company registration have never been easier - the cost to register a UK private limited company from £24.99! Welcome to Coddan CPM LTD online company registration agent website.

We provide new limited companies registration in the England, Wales, Scotland and limited company registration services for new businesses in Northern Ireland & Republic of Ireland. In addition to limited company registration we offer trademark registration, shareholder agreements, telephone answering, virtual office, apostille and notary certification services, certificates of good standing and company searches for limited companies.

Upon a request, we can provide a registered address services across the UK (in any city or town) and we may provide you a telephone number with call forwarding from any UK city and town.

We offer personal hands-on attention and effective legal solutions. Both start-up and existing businesses face the challenges of changing marketplace conditions, asset protection, and risk management.

The experienced company registration consultants at Coddan know that legally defining the initial company start-up process protects businesses from financial difficulties and lawsuits. Existing businesses benefit from our sound litigation avoidance and risk management plans.

Register a Limited Company Online or at Our Office in London

Register a Limited Company Online

We meet with clients in comfortable office in central London. We are limited company registration specialists providing a comprehensive range of company establishment services. We will professionally register a UK limited company for you within 2-4 working hours.

Coddan offers registration & business administration of offshore companies, trusts and family foundations, we may help you to register a UK based real-estate company or real estate agent company, recruitment agency or recruitment bureau company, building and re-building company, entertainment or a holding company registration (all comes with special drafted memorandum and articles of association) or general trading companies (comes with our own drafted memorandum and articles of association), etc.

Company registration services to take the pain out of registering a business in the United Kingdom - from a company registration advice to full-service solutions to setting up a new business. Register your business online with Coddan CPM LTD and become a limited company within 2-4 working hours. Your company name submitted should have no history of trading, therefore being unique. Providing you with all the legal documentation on registering your business, you can begin to trade with a more respectable name and have increased supplier and customer relations.

The online companies' registration service offered by Coddan aims to help you impress your clients during a decisive time in their business. Registration of a limited company in the UK, is only the start of your business relationship - fast, efficient registration should ensure you remain a key factor throughout your clients' business life. The service provides a professional registration service for UK companies limited by shares.

We aim to provide a smooth efficient service that takes the workload from you while retaining the high standards your clients expect. Your own private limited company will be set-up online using our electronic filing service direct with Companies House.

We offer a range of company registration packages to suit the differing needs and budgets of our clients.

Benefits of Registering a Limited Company With Us

Benefits of Registering a Limited Company

We offer electronic company registration and electronic filing of documents. Your English, Welsh, or Scottish companies will be registered electronically as soon as we receive your details (and payment) it could not be done any more easily or quickly. We review your choice of company name etc., and Companies House make a number of checks (to verify the registered address details etc.) and your company will be registered as soon as this process is complete.

It can take two hours, it may take twenty-three hours, and it all depends on how busy Companies House staff and systems are. We send your package to you by first class recorded delivery, as part of the service. We also offer a nominee secretary, nominee director, nominee shareholder and the registered office facilities in addition to limited company registrations.

We will register your new company with your intended directors, company secretary (if it's necessary), registered office and shareholders all in place and recorded at Companies House at the time of registration, although we can of course still use our nominees for registration purposes if you prefer.

Upon a request, we can provide registered address services across the UK (in any city or town) and we may provide you a telephone number with call forwarding from any UK city and town.

If you have any questions about the companies or partnerships incorporation then please E-Mail or call us: 0330.808.0089 or +44 (0) 207.935.5171, fax: +44 (0) 207.681.3318.

The registration of a limited company usually takes as little as two to four hours from the time that your application & payment are received by Coddan. We will file your application electronically with the Companies House, allowing the fastest possible business registration. This generally means that if you place an order before 13:00 (London time) on the normal working day; your private company will be registered by the end of that day.

Companies registration' can sometimes takes slightly longer. Although the majority of companies are registering within a maximum of twenty-four hours, there may be occasions where the process takes longer due to circumstances beyond our control.

About the Guaranteed Same Day Company Registration Service

It was a legal requirement to appoint a company secretary before the introduction of the Companies Act 2006. Now that it is no longer a requirement, many companies make the mistake of thinking that a company secretary is not necessary, which is not the case. People tend to overlook and in turn, underestimate the duties of a company secretary.

This service guarantees that your limited company will be registered on the same day that your order and payment are received. In order for you to use this service, you must place your order before 1:30 p.m. (London time) on a working day, and your application form must not contain any errors or omissions. This service is based on Companies House's normal working hours. We cannot be responsible for delays caused due to the rejection of the application by Companies House for any reason whatsoever.

Corporation Tax

Corporation Tax

If your company is liable for Corporation Tax, you have to do more than just pay the correct amount of Corporation Tax each year. What you need to do depends on whether your company is 'active' - for example, carrying on business, trading, or receiving income - or 'dormant' - for example, not active, not carrying on business, or not trading. Call us to discuss your needs and see how we can help.

For our overseas clients, we are able to obtain certificates of good standing and apostille services at competitive prices. We also provide many additional services which can be ordered using our online order form.

If it is essential that you have a company today, registered with the name in which you intend to trade, then you must request a "Same Day Company Registration". Orders must be placed before 13:30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Register a Limited Company in UK: New Company Registration in the UK

Register a Limited Company in UK

Registering a company is the foundation of any successful business, and you want it done properly so that there are no problems down the road that could be disastrous. Here at Coddan we have all the experience and expertise you need to professionally register a company today.

There's no need to spend long hours trawling through all the legal company registration requirements and dealing with Companies House to get your new business registered when with us it's quick and easy. It is also an extremely cost-effective way of doing it, because we have a range of low-cost company registration packages to suit different needs.

We have made UK company registration a simple and straightforward process. All you really need to do is fill out our online application form, and we will do the rest. Our online system is approved by Companies House and you can even get same-day registration if we receive your application in time.

In registering a company with us, you can choose from four options, which start at just £24.99 - and we guarantee there will be no additional or hidden charges. When the company registration process is complete, you will get all the statutory documents for your file, including a certificate of incorporation and memorandum and articles of association. We can also provide a free referral for a business banking account with either Barclays or NatWest, so you can be trading in no time.

Along with the basic services we provide in registering a new company in the UK, our clients can avail of a number of additional services that can assist in the business registration process. These include providing nominee directors in cases where there may not be any available or for privacy reasons, and we can also provide a registered office address in a key location of a major UK city – this gives a company an air of prestige and is particularly useful for small businesses that may be operating from home, as well as for those with privacy concerns.

Register a Trademark and/or Your Logo

Register a Trademark and/or Your Logo

If you are looking to register a trademark for your business, then Coddan CPM can help, we can assist you in making a formal trademark registration application and can also help with trademark searches in the UK, Republic of Ireland, in EU, USA, China, Hong Kong, BVI, Belize, etc., which are important as they help to establish whether or not your trademark infringes any existing copyrights.

If you'd like to know more about registering a new company in the UK using our top-level company registration services, get in touch with us today and one of our expert consultants will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Establish a Limited Company in UK: Pros and Cons of a Company Registration With Companies House

Register a Limited Company in UK

In this tricky climate, it is more essential than ever that your company registration is in the right hands. With entrepreneurism on the rise, there are so many new companies and businesses competing with each other all over the world. Risk has to be handled, and pros have to be weighed up against the cons - especially when you want to register a company.

Pro
It's simplicity itself. Companies House will usually set up your registration within 24 hours - and the online forms are quick and easy to fill in. Companies House will deal with the applications to register, checking the names available and taken, as well as making sure that the business name is not offensive or relating to sensitive material.

Con
Registering with Companies House does not give trademark protection - instead, this is the work of the IPO (Intelligence Property Office) If you simply register a name for a company, it does not reserve it (unless it is a fully incorporated company). The team at Coddan CPM can safeguard your company's name. This gives you time to prepare - our team will stand in as director and shareholder - until you feel happy to release it and/or start trading.

We also provide many options to suit you and your financial needs. When you are registering a company with Companies House you need to adopt the standard model of the memorandum and articles which includes some mistakes, with us - we will register a company with our own set of the memorandum and articles of association and a set of a company registers.

Pro
Companies House provide customers with great online resources on how to manage their company, as well as legal documents.

Con
You can get bogged down in regulations and information. There's no shame in doing your homework, but it's never a bad thing to ask for help - this lesson from our school days is still as important today! Coddan CPM can offer you specialised companies registration and post-formation advice as well as helping you to avoid fines from Companies House due to late filing.

In short, Companies House can provide you with a quick system - but it can be very easy to get lost in the sea of admin and costs. This is where we at Coddan CPM come in, to guide you through. Registering a company is just the opening chapter to the story of your success!

Create a Limited Company in UK: Why Use an Agent to Register Your Company?

Register a Limited Company in UK

Although it is possible to register a company using the in-house Companies House DIY service, there are many advantages to using a registration agent such as Coddan CPM.

The DIY service provided by Companies House is suitable for some company registrations, but it is too limited for the majority. For example, it can only register private companies limited by shares and adopting standard articles. Additionally, it does not generate a company seal or any registers or share certificates. These all need to be obtained separately from the companies formation agents.

Any non-standard articles are required to be submitted separately, and if they are not done correctly the registration will be rejected. Although some templates are available online, unless you really know what you are doing it is difficult to check if they are suitable.

On the other hand, using a registration agent such as Coddan will include the full documentation set, and they are experts in creating non-standard articles that will meet the registration requirements.

Agents only charge a small fee and will fill in the relevant forms for their clients with no errors. Unlike Companies House, who can only offer very basic advice and help, companies registration experts can answer all queries, and can usually register a company within three hours.

Agents such as Coddan can also create a corporate bank account for the new company at the time of registering, which can make like a lot easier for business owners. For example, it is often necessary to attend an interview and present a business plan in order to open a corporate account. As well as a bank account, agents can also purchase a suitable domain name and, if needed, register the new company for the VAT. Many agents can also provide an identity theft protection service.

Business registration agents also offer advanced name checking services, which check the originality of a proposed company name not only with Companies House, but also with several other services. Companies House can only name check internally.

If you are looking for a simple, no-frills company registration, and you have some experience and knowledge of the process, then the DIY service from Companies House may suit you. If you have are inexperienced, or require some extra services, or just advice and know how, then a registration agent is definitely the best option.

Open a Limited Company in UK: Legal Requirements to Register a Company in the UK for UK Residents

Limited Company Registration in UK

If you're considering registering a company in the UK for the first time and are a UK resident, you'll need to bear in mind that there are a number of legal requirements you must meet. Here at Coddan we can tell you all you need to know, and guide you through the process if you decide to use our company registration services.

The first thing you're required to have when you want to register a company are people – company officers. If it's a private company limited by shares, the requirement is a minimum of one director and one shareholder, and you can also appoint a company secretary if you wish. For a company limited by shares, a sole director can also be appointed to the roles of secretary or shareholder.

It's important to note that there's no minimum age limit on company officers being appointed, but because these positions carry legal responsibilities, anyone under 16 will likely not be approved by Companies House, which is the government's registrar of companies. Additionally, it often arises that there are not enough candidates for the roles of company officers, or that some people do not want their name appearing in the public domain, and at Coddan, we can assist in by providing nominee directors and other officers.

Another legal requirement for registering a company in the UK for UK residents is that there must be an official registered office address within the UK, whether in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. All company documents must be kept at this address (or at the single alternative inspection address aka SAIL) and be available for inspection at any time. If you do not wish to use your own address, we can supply one as part of our registration services - you will not have to be based there as it will just be used for correspondence purposes.

Registering a company can be a complicated process, but it doesn't have to be. You can simply use our online application form to get yours registered right now, and we can assist with additional services as required. If you'd like to talk to us about registering a company, get in touch with us now.

Open a Company in UK: Legal Requirements to Register a UK Company for Non-UK Residents

You can quickly and easily register a UK company, even if you are not resident in the UK, or are not a British citizen. The process, and the statutory requirements, are the same no matter where you live:

  • The company must be incorporated with Companies House in Scotland, Northern Ireland or England and Wales
  • There must be at least one director and at least one shareholder
  • You must use a registered office within the same country (England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland) that the company is registered in
  • The name of the company must be original enough to differentiate it from all other registered companies
  • Each shareholder and director must specify a service address. This can be anywhere in the world

Before you register a company you should understand that:

  • The company is governed by the rules of the 2006 Companies Act
  • The company's accounts must be filed in exactly the same way as all other UK companies
  • Corporation tax must be paid
  • Directors based abroad must fulfil the same legal responsibilities as UK-based ones

There are three ways for you to register a limited company in the UK:

  • Using the do-it-yourself company registration service from Companies House
  • Submitting a postal application to Companies House
  • Using an online registered agent such as Coddan CPM

By far the easiest method is to use a registered agent. They can take care of all the administration for you and answer any questions. The whole process can be done remotely and can be completed within three hours. Because all of the necessary documents can be signed electronically, there is no need to travel to the UK to register a new limited company.

Companies registered agents can also provide registered and legal service addresses for your business, and then forward your mail to your own overseas office.

If you require a UK corporate business account then this can be problematic due to the strict requirements of most UK banks. A company registration agent such as Coddan, can advise you on how to apply for a UK bank account and help you with the process.

Starting a Limited Company in UK: Registering a Company in the UK When You Live Abroad

Registering Company in the UK

With so many jobs now able to be done remotely, and the costs of living in the UK rising, it's no wonder so many British people are moving abroad and working from the comfort of their laptop. However, if you are a UK citizen living abroad it's essential to look at your options before you register a company, and ensure you get the right advice to keep your company legally compliant.

Taxes: if you are a UK citizen living abroad, you will need to still pay taxes both in the UK and the country where you reside. However, some countries have a double taxation agreement with the UK, and this can mean you are exempt from one or the other kinds of tax. It's essential to get financial advice to ensure you're paying the right amount of tax, and to the right country.

Registering your businesses: if you are just registering as a sole trader, this is simple to do online via the HM Revenue & Customs website, and all you need is a British National Insurance number, and to set up an online account for self-assessment taxes, which will need to be filed by the yearly deadline.

Limited companies: if you are registering a limited company, you need a name and address for your business, and therefore you will need some sort of presence in the UK. Limited companies also have at least one director and shareholder, and need to register for corporation tax. You'll also need a business bank account either in the UK, or in Sterling from your own bank.

Trading in the UK: if you already have a business abroad, and are looking to expand in the UK, then you'll need to make sure you register with Companies House before you trade. You can get help and advice from Coddan CPM whatever your situation, allowing you to set up a branch of your business in the UK.

Whether you are already a business owner, or are dreaming of starting your own company, it's essential to ensure that you follow all legal procedures. This will help protect you from legal troubles down the line, and means you can trade with confidence.

Setting-Up a Limited Company in UK: Can I Register a UK Company and Open a Business Bank Account in the UK?

Register Private Company in UK

After registering a company and starting to get it up and running, one of the many things you're going to need is a bank account so that you can start trading. As part of our company registration service here at Coddan, we are pleased to offer free introductions (for UK-residents only) so you can quickly and easily get a business banking account.

Our streamlined application process means you get all you need, and much more, when you register a company using the expertise of Coddan. Now you can have a company and a business bank account in just one-step, and you can make your application just by using our online form. We will then work with Companies House to make sure your registration is done properly and arrange for you go get a bank account with either HSBC, Barclays or NatWest, depending on your preference.

We differ from other company registration agents elsewhere in the UK by offering our clients a choice of banks where they can open an account, and it's especially appreciated by those who may not be able to bank at a particular institution due to problems in the past. Whichever bank you opt for, you can expect them to carry out their usual identity and credit checks, and after we pass on your personal details to them, they will be in touch for verification purposes.

Our company registration packages with free referral for a business bank account start from only £24.99 - and there's absolutely nothing else to pay. When the company is registered, we will send you the certificate of incorporation and memorandum and articles of association, which prove its existence. We can even register your new business the same day as we get your application, and also refer to you to the bank of your choice, providing we receive your application in time.

If there's anything you'd like to discuss with us regarding registering a company and getting a business bank account, our expert consultants are available to advise. For professional company registration at extremely affordable rates and in the least amount of time possible, always trust Coddan.

Set-Up a Limited Company in UK: Company Start-Up and VAT Registration Requirements

Private Company Registration in UK

Registering for value added tax (VAT) is an essential element when starting a company, and as you will be acting as a collector of this tax and passing it on to the government, it is essential that it be done properly. Here at Coddan, we have many years' experience helping thousands of clients to successfully get their VAT number registration and the VAT certificate, and we can help you too.

You will know that businesses add the applicable rate of VAT to the price of their products and services and this is later paid to HM Revenue & Customs in their VAT returns. The standard rate of VAT is currently 20 percent and applies to most products and services. There is also a reduced rate of 5 percent, for specialist products and services - for example, car seats for children - and then there is a zero rate, mostly for food and clothes for children.

Various products and services are exempt from VAT, however, such as transactions involving properties and money as well as postage stamps. Therefore, before registering a company, you will need to determine if your products or services are applicable for VAT, and what the appropriate rate is - there is no point in applying for VAT if you're exempt, after all. If you are not sure and would like some expert advice, call us and our business registration consultants will be happy to help.

If you register a company and are applicable for VAT, one of the most important requirements after you're granted a number and certificate is that you issue customers with a VAT invoice. This must contain the amount of VAT paid in the transaction, your VAT number and the invoice date and number. Additionally, it's a legal requirement that all VAT receipts invoices are stored for six years - as a business you can claim back VAT that you have paid for other products and services (but not for personal items).

Other requirements include a 30-day period for notifying HMRC of any changes in the company's details and adding VAT to supplies to employees or sales to other companies. As well as our company registration packages, we have a number of affordable VAT registration packages to choose from, and you can make your application by using our online form. If successful, you will receive your VAT certificate by post.

Open a Limited Company in UK: Company Registration and Annual Return Requirements

Registering UK Company

When you register a new company, its officers, such as directors and the company secretary, will have various legal obligations they must fulfil or the enterprise may be subject to damaging penalties and fines. One of the most basic is filing an annual return to Companies House.

An annual return is required because it gives Companies House information about a company that is up to date, and it then goes on the public record. Many aspects of a company change throughout the course of a year – addresses can change and directors can be replaced, for example. So you will be legally bound on a determined date to once a year send this information. It will tell Companies House who your current company officers are, if your registered office address is still the same and if there have been any changes in share capital or shareholders.

The requirement to file an annual return applies equally to every company in the UK, with no exceptions. There is a general deadline of filing the first return within 28 days 12 months after company registration – so if you register a company today you’ll have to file the return just over a year from now, and the legal responsibility for doing it falls on the directors or company secretary.

It's considered a criminal offence for companies not to file an annual return, and there are civil penalties for those who file past the deadline. Late filing penalties can be as much as £1,500 for private companies that are more than six months late and £7,500 for public companies for the same period, and they will be double that amount if late filing occurs in two successive years.

Clearly, when registering a company, you want its reputation to be intact at all times, with the public as well as the authorities. Here at Coddan, among the wide range of services we provide to business clients, we can help to prepare and submit your annual return so that it’s done professionally and on time. If you would like to discuss this and any other aspect of registering a company, call us today and our expert consultants will be happy to advise.

Starting a Private Company in UK: Company Registration and Annual Account Requirements

Fast Company Registration in UK

Among the most important legal requirements when you register a company and get it up and running is the often-burdensome task of preparing and filing annual accounts. It must be done properly and on time in order to avoid difficulties with the authorities that could be problematic to your enterprise.

Annual accounts are compiled using all of a company's financial data during the current financial year, and must include a balance sheet detailing the firm’s assets and liabilities. Also necessary is a profit and loss account outlining that year's sales figures, as well as operating costs and whether there's been a profit or a loss during that time.

As part of the annual accounts, the authorities will also need a report from a director of the company on the past 12 months' trading and a general note giving an overview of the annual accounts. In addition, the accounts must be compiled to a specified standard, usually the UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (UK GAAP) - otherwise, companies would prepare their accounts their own way and there would be widespread confusion when trying to interpret each one. The International Financial Reporting Standards is the only other accounting method accepted by the authorities.

If you're in the process of registering a company, you'll need to bear all this in mind, including that copies of your annual accounts must be sent to HM Revenue & Customs and Companies House, and made available to shareholders and everyone who attends your general meetings. There are different penalties and fines for private and public companies who make late filings, and at the very worst, you can be fined as much as £5,000 and even struck off if you fail to file.

At Coddan, among our company registration services we can help companies to prepare and file their annual returns, relieving them of a time-consuming process and allowing them to better focus on running their companies. If you want to register a company and would like to know more about annual returns or any other aspect of establishing and running a business, you can get expert advice from our consultants. Get in touch today and find out how we can help you.