Limited company formation
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  • An award winning easy to understand company formation system.
  • Cashback and up to 18m of free business banking with all company formation packages!
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Our company formation packages

Features Basic
  All company documents in a PDF format. Ideal for a dormant company or if you prefer to print the documents yourself. Incl. free expert support for the life of the company. Complete set of company documents sent to your address. Everything you need to start trading and open bank account. Incl. free expert support for the life of the company. Protection of your address, bank account, Confirmation Statement and support for the life of the company. EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY OUR BEST SELLER! Protection of your address, bank account, Confirmation Statement, VAT reg. and support for the life of the company.
2-5 h Electronic Registration
Companies House Duty
Smart Company Control Panel
Free expert pre-submission review of your application
Complete set of your Company Documents in a PDF printable format
Up to 18 months free business banking and up to £65 cash back
WorldPay Merchant Account & £60 cash back
FREE Website, Facebook Business and Google My Business page(s) built and managed for you (30 days trial)
Official Certificate of Incorporationx2
Official Memorandum and Articles of Associationx2
Official Share Certificates
Combined Company Register with first entries (legal requirement)
First year Confirmation Statement to Companies House
Free consultation with ACCA certified accountant
Registered Office Address
Officer Service Addressx2x2
VAT application to HMRC
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International clients £199.99
International Package specifically designed for Non-UK Resident Clients
  • Registered Office Address, Officer Service Address, Mail Forwarding (Business Address)
  • Confirmation Statement, VAT registration
  • WorldPay Merchant Account with £60 cash back,
  • International delivery of your company documents
  • 15% discount on our apostille service and international banking introduction, FREE Website, Facebook Business and Google My Business page(s) built and managed for you (30 days trial)
  • Free expert support for the life of the company

Best Formations helps you set up a limited company in UK

Company formation in the UK can pose a challenge for the unprepared. If you’re getting ready to open your own business, make sure you have help from just the right expert to make sure everything goes well.

Best Formations is an Ealing-based company formation agent. We are officially authorised by the UK Companies house. Our offer covers a wide range of services that will help you in setting up your own limited company.

You can choose from a number of company formation packages. We also offer a full range of address services and accountancy services to help you run your business beyond just setting it up. Thanks to our friendly and knowledgeable staff, you’ll quickly learn all the ins and outs of company incorporation in the UK.

Best Formations currently offers one of the best company formation services in the UK. Whether you plan to establish a business that’s small or big, all you need is ambition and we’ll be the ones to help you achieve your dreams by making your business grow.

Our company offers a full range of corporate and secretarial
services at competitive prices

Registered Office Address
Every UK company must have an official Registered Office address where Companies House, HMRC and legal authorities can send official documents, however, it does not have to be your home or trading address.
Officer Service Address
Our Officer Service Address enables company directors, secretaries, shareholders and persons with significant control to protect their private address by using our West London office address.
Mail Forwarding
Mail Forwarding Service (Business Address) gives the impression that you are trading and have your office in London. All your company business mail will be forwarded to your address.
Best Formations has extensive experience in helping different types of businesses and individuals to satisfy all their accountancy and business needs. We pride ourselves in helping businesses expand by working closely with their owners on a strategy to improve their profitability. We offer many different accountancy packages.
Set up a company with Best Formations in 4 simple steps using intuitive award winning company formation software. Average application time 8 minutes.
Company name check
Enter the name you want to secure for your company to check if it is available within seconds. Our company name check tool is directly connected to UK Companies House database and gives instant check results.
Package selection
Choose one of our five unique company formation packages.
Add to basket and checkout
At this stage you can add additional services or products and make a secure payment by a credit or debit card. All Best Formations payments are processed by Secure Trading which provide the most secure, reliable and fully PCI DSS compliant online payment processing.
Complete your application by providing details of company directors, shareholders, officers service address and registered office address. Once, completed, your application will be immediately checked by one of our company formation experts before sending to UK Companies House.
Frequently asked questions
- What type of company can I register with Best Formations?

A Private Company Limited by Shares ( a typical Ltd). This is by far the most popular form of UK company.

- What is the most efficient method of registering a UK limited company?
The most efficient way to register a company is online incorporation for the following reasons:
  • Incorporation takes usually 1-5 hours
  • Online incorporation is cheaper
  • Secure passing of confidential information
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association are provided by formation agent
- Can I choose any name for my company?

Yes, you can choose any name but the name you choose cannot be the same as another registered company’s name or be too similar to an existing company name. If your name is too similar you may have to change it if there is a complaint. Also, your company name cannot be offensive or contain ‘sensitive words’ or expressions, or suggest that you have a connection with government or local authorities. More information can be found at GOV.UK.

- How many people do I need to register a UK Limited Company?

To register a UK Limited Company you must appoint at least one company director who is a natural person (not another company). Since the introduction of the new Companies Act 2006, there is no longer a requirement to have a company secretary and a sole director can also act as a company secretary and shareholder. This means that you need at least one individual to register a UK Limited Company.

- Can everyone be a company director?

In the UK, anyone who is 16 years of age or older can become a company director unless they have been legally banned from doing so, usually as a result of some legal proceedings or bankruptcy. Directors can be resident anywhere in the world and can be of any nationality.

- Who is a person with significant control (PSC)?
PSC is an individual person who meets one or more of the following conditions:
  • Hold more than 25% of shares
  • Hold more than 25% of voting rights
  • Have the power to remove or appoint a majority of the company’s board of directors
  • Exercise or have the right to exercise significant influence or control over the company
  • Exercise or have the right to exercise significant influence or control over a trust or a firm that is not a legal entity, which itself satisfies any of the above conditions
In some cases, a corporate entity may meet the criteria of being a PSC. Since 6 April 2016, all UK companies and Limited Liability Partnerships must keep a register of individuals or legal entities that have control over them.
- What is a certificate of incorporation?

A certificate of incorporation is a legal document issued by Companies House as soon as the application to form a company has been approved. It is a conclusive evidence that the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 as to registration of a company have been complied with and that the company is duly registered with Companies House under this Act. A typical certificate of incorporation includes the following information: registered name, the type of company, Companies House registration number, company formation date, registered office address, authorising registrar, and incorporation laws.

- What are the memorandum and articles of association?

Memorandum and articles of association are legal documents which are required to form a company in the UK under the Companies Act 2006 and the previous Companies Acts. The memorandum of association is the document which sets up the company and it is a record of the first company shareholders and guarantors and their intention to form a company. The articles of association set out how the company is run, governed and owned.

- How do I pay for company formation?
All payments are taken online through our secure servers at Secure Trading. We accept payments by all major credit and debit cards.  All Best Formations payments are processed by Secure Trading which provide the most secure, reliable and fully PCI DSS compliant online payment processing.
- Can I check the progress of my online application?

Yes, you will be able to login to your account and check the progress of your order.

- Can I download my company documents?

Yes, once your company has been incorporated with Companies House, you will be able to login to your Best Formations account and download your company documents. However, we will send you by email your company documents  upon successful incorporation of your company. The originals will follow by post.

- Can I make changes in my company structure after the online incorporation?
Yes, you can make the following changes online by logging into your Best Formations account:
  • Appoint/terminate/change details of a director or secretary
  • Change registered office address
  • Change accounting reference date
  • Change company name
- Can I change my company name after the incorporation?

Yes, you will need to complete a Companies House NM01 form - notice of change of name by resolution or login to your Best Formations account and change the name electronically using our company manager system. 

- Do I need to register my company for VAT?

If the turnover of your company in the previous 12 months exceeds the compulsory VAT (Value Added Tax) registration threshold which is currently £85,000, then you must register your company for VAT. If your turnover is lower than the current compulsory VAT registration threshold, then you can still register your company voluntarily if it makes sense and if you want to do this.

- What is Companies House?

Companies House is the UK’s registrar of companies and a government body that stores information on all the limited companies and limited liability partnerships registered in the UK. Main responsibilities of Companies House are to incorporate and dissolve companies, examine and store company information, make information available to the public. Using Companies House services, you can find company information free of charge, search disqualified directors, use online subscription service, file company information online, and download company data.

- What is VAT?

VAT (Value Added Tax) is an indirect tax which is levied on the sale of goods and services by UK and EU VAT registered businesses. In the UK, VAT is collected on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs by VAT registered entities. All services and goods are either VAT rated or VAT exempt. VAT is charged on goods and services at different levels. Standard rate 20% applies to most goods and services. Reduced rate 5% applies to some goods and services such as children’s car seats and home energy and zero rate applies to most food and children’s clothes.

- What is a corporation tax?

Corporation tax is a corporate tax levied on the profits made by companies. In other words, it is the company equivalent of income tax but for registered companies.  UK corporation tax rate for company profits is 19%. More information about corporation tax can be found at GOV.UK

- Why have a dormant company?
Even if your company is dormant, your company name will still be protected, preventing anyone else from registering the same company name. You may wish to have a dormant company for the following reasons:
  • to protect a company name - preventing anyone else from registering the same company name
  • readiness for a future project
  • to hold an asset or intellectual property
A company can remain dormant for as long as necessary
- What is a dormant company?

A company is dormant if it has no significant accounting transactions during the accounting period. A significant accounting transaction is one which the company must enter in its accounting records. All companies formed at UK Companies House are initially classified as dormant. However, you may begin trading at any time provided you complete the CT41G form within 3 months of beginning trading. HMRC will send you a CT41G form within 4 weeks of your company incorporation.

Help and advice
We have tried to answer as many common questions as possible on these pages, but if you do require further assistance
or have any other questions then please give us a call on +44 (0) 20 7060 7326 and we will be happy to help.