1. Overview

To set up a private limited company you need to register with Companies House. This is known as ‘incorporation’. You need:

Once the company is registered you’ll get a ‘Certificate of Incorporation’. This confirms the company legally exists and shows the company number and date of formation.

How to register

You can register online with Companies House if your company:

Otherwise, you must use a different method of registration.

Register for Corporation Tax

Your company will also need to register for Corporation Tax within 3 months of starting to do business.