Free limited company formations with Crunch

Register a limited company for just £10, or completely free when you sign up to accounting with Crunch. We’ll even refund your fee if you take out our Small Business Insurance, or open a Barclays business bank account through us. We’ve helped set up over 10,000 limited companies. Get your limited company set up in just a few minutes

 

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What do you get when you register a limited company?

  • First Company Minutes

    Although you probably won’t actually have a meeting (unless you enjoy that kind of thing!), the First Company Minutes detail the process of forming your limited company.

  • Certificate of Incorporation

    This is the one you can frame and proudly hang on the wall, featuring your company details and the UK Coat of Arms.

  • Share Certificate

    Rather than belonging to the company, the Share Certificate is intended for the individual shareholders. It gives details of how many shares a person owns, and how much those shares are worth.

  • Articles of Association

    The Articles of Association is sort of like the Terms and Conditions for your limited company. It sets out the rules that will govern the administration of your company, such as voting rights and procedure for transferring shares.

  • Memorandum of Association

    This document sets out how the company must operate, and the duties it must undertake (called the “Company Objects”), such as to pay and look after any staff and to make sure the relevant insurance is taken out. You can think of it as a sort of mission statement, albeit written in boring legalese.

  • Combined Register

    This document details all the individuals involved in the running of your limited company. It lists all the directors, any company secretaries, as well as details of any other company interests a director may have (for example, if a director owns shares in another limited company).

Some frequently asked questions

How can I set my limited company for free through Crunch?

Your first stop is to decide on what you’d like to call your business, then use our search box above to check your preferred name is available. After that we’ll transfer you to our sister site, GoLimited - powered by Crunch where you can begin the quick and simple process of forming your limited company. The self-service formation process costs just £10, but there are three ways to get your £10 back, you just need to take up one of three offers at the end of the formation process.

You can choose to become a Crunch limited company accountancy client with one of our great value packages, or you could decide to take up a Crunch Small Business Insurance policy, or open a Barclay’s Business Bank account through our Crunch referral link. If you take up any of these three options, we’ll refund your company’s formation fee.

Can you set up my limited company for me?

Absolutely - if you become a Crunch limited company accountancy client, we can set up your limited company as part of our onboarding process. For a small additional fee, we’ll register your business for you and deal with all the set up and registration for taxes with HMRC and Companies House on your behalf. The fee will be agreed as part of your initial setup costs.

Should I be a limited company or sole trader?

There are differences to each structure, particularly when it comes to tax and administration issues. Our jargon-free article will help you understand each option and decide which is right for you: sole trader, limited company, or umbrella company.

Are there rules around choosing a company name?

Yes there are - we’ve got a helpful article to make naming your company just a little easier. We cover ways to come up with a great name, sensitive words or phrases you can’t use, the difference between limited or Ltd, and loads more. Read our article on finding a great company name.

What else should I do to set up a limited company?

There’s more to running a limited company than just forming the company. Our handy article takes you through all the steps as well as explaining the other things you need to think about - such as having a business plan, a business bank account, the right insurance, what records you need to keep, and how to stay on top of everything. Find out about how to set up a limited company.

What are my responsibilities as a limited company director?

As a limited company director, you’ll have certain responsibilities. You’re required to file various forms and returns to both Companies House and HMRC. Knowing what to file (and when) can get a bit confusing. At Crunch, we love to be helpful, so we’ve pulled all your company director responsibilities into a simple, easy-to-read article.

What are company shares, share value and share capital?

Setting up a limited company, but confronted by scary-looking questions regarding shares and share value? Don’t worry, it’s not as confusing as it seems. We’ve got an article that explains all about company shares, share value and share capital when you’re registering a limited company.

In case you still have any questions

We’ve collated some of our jargon-free business guides - perfect for anyone setting up a limited company.