Registering a company at Companies House

You can register or 'incorporate' a limited company online at Companies House if:

  • it is a private company limited by shares
  • you will be using standard or 'model' articles of association
  • the company name doesn’t contain a word you need permission to use

It usually takes 24 hours and costs £15 (paid by debit or credit card or PayPal account).

To register a company you will need:

  • the company’s name and registered address
  • names and addresses of directors (and company secretary if you have one)
  • details of shareholders and share capital

Other ways to register

You can use form IN01 to register different types of limited companies, eg using your own articles of association or a company limited by guarantee.