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Incorporating a company


Companies House has published an updated version of their guide that sets out the main requirements for incorporating a company in the UK. The guidance entitled Incorporation and Names also provides advice on checking which names are acceptable to Companies House.

The guide includes information on:

  • Incorporating a limited company
  • The type of company to be incorporated
  • The company’s officers
  • Choosing a company name including controls and restrictions
  • Disclosure of company name and other information

A business cannot operate as a limited company until it has been incorporated at Companies House under the Companies Act 2006. There are three ways to incorporate a company, by electronic software filing, web incorporation service and paper filing. The cheapest and most popular methods of doing so are electronic.

The following documents must be filed in order to incorporate a company:

  • An application to register a company together with the appropriate fee
  • The memorandum of association
  • The articles of association
  • Additional information if the application includes a sensitive word or expression. For example, a word or expression that may cause criminal offence. This includes names that could be taken to cause criminal offence.

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