COMPANY FORMATION

Simple, no-fuss company formation

Registering a company might seem an intimidating process, but it’s actually much simpler than you think. We’ll not only help you with registering a company but also offer a range of services to support your business at all stages of its life. We’ll help you sort out your company registrations online, with a process so quick and easy you can go ahead and focus on the fun bits.

Whatever level of service you need, we can provide it for you:

  • Companies House registration

  • HMRC corporation tax, payroll and VAT registration

  • Pension Regulator setup

  • Easy business bank account opening with our banking partners - Starling Bank (for more information, please click here)

  • Online cloud bookkeeping service with our partners - QuickBooks Online (for more information, please click here)

Everything can be completed online within the week, or if you'd rather a more personal approach, you can give us a call and we can walk you through the whole process, advising on the best route for your specific circumstances.

Unlike your ordinary "online company formation agent", we are fully qualified accountants, so we know exactly what your business will need, not just now, as you are setting up, but what you will need over the life of your business as you grow. Setting up your company in the right way will reduce headaches further down the line. We can give advice on multiple-shareholder setups, dividends, splitting profits with your other half etc. Our advice does not just cover the legal aspects, but also the most tax-effective way of running your business.

Looking to expand into the UK from abroad?

Please see our International Services page

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BANKING

We've teamed up with Starling Bank to offer you access to a bank that embraces changes in technology as well as the way we interact with it.

Who are Starling Bank?

Founded in 2014 by Anne Boden, Starling is the UK’s first mobile bank offering super-fast setup, beautifully simple money management and 24/7 support, all with no monthly fees. From small businesses with big ambitions to freelancers figuring out tax returns, Starling’s award-winning business bank account is designed to make entrepreneurial life a little easier.


Key features

  • No monthly account fees

  • Apply in minutes, from your mobile

  • Integrate with Xero, QuickBooks and FreeAgent

  • 24/7 UK customer support, from our UK-based team

  • Stay in the know with real time payment alerts and categorised transactions for spending insights

  • Deposit money at over 11,500 Post Office branches*. Deposit cheques via freepost or by scanning them in the app

  • FSCS protection: We’re a fully registered bank and the FSCS protects any money you keep with us up to £85,000 for eligible customers.**

Who’s eligible for a Starling business bank account?

​To open any Starling account, you must be a UK resident – but with our business account, you must also be one of the following:

  • You’re the owner of a limited company and you’re the only person with significant control (PSC) over it.

  • You’re the PSC of a limited company or LLP with multiple owners. With our multi-PSC account, you and your fellow PSCs will each get a Mastercard debit card and access to a beautifully simple mobile bank account. Please note that all PSCs registered at Companies House need to be UK resident individuals (i.e. no corporate shareholders). We can only provide access to the account if you’re a director registered at Companies House and a UK resident. For more information, read our blog post titled ‘Introducing: Multi-owner mobile business accounts for limited companies’.

  • You’re self-employed. Our sole trader account is available exclusively to those who already have a Starling Bank personal account.

 

Entities engaged in, or linked in any way to, certain activities may not be able to open or have a business bank account with Starling. Check our Business Current Account Terms for more information.

Getting started
Apply in minutes
It takes just a few minutes, direct from your mobile. No paperwork or branch visits required.

  • Click here to Get started.

  • Enter your personal details.

  • Verify who you are by uploading your identification documents and sending us a short video.

  • We’ll carry out some quick checks at a UK Credit Reference Agency.

  • Provide a few details about your business, such as its day to day activities and online presence.

  • We will then look to approve your application as soon as possible!


Link your accounting software

You can integrate your bank account with Xero, QuickBooks or FreeAgent in a matter of minutes. When your banking and accounting talk to one another in real time, it’s easier to see the full financial picture. Here’s what to do:

  • From the ‘Account’ menu, go to the Starling Business Marketplace.

  • Tap ‘Accounting’ and then find Xero, QuickBooks or FreeAgent.

  • Tap ‘Add’, authorise access, set up the account on Xero, QuickBooks or FreeAgent – and that’s it!

How does Starling’s business account compare to other accounts?

In a word, favourably! Click here to see how our business account measures up against the other banks and e-money issuers when it comes to things like customer support, fees, features, payments, borrowing and more.

Ready to switch to Starling?

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With the Current Account Switch Service (CASS), you* can make Starling your main business bank account in just seven working days. It’s worth noting that the CASS service is currently only available to Starling business customers with companies that have one person of significant control. To find out more, click here.

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*To find out whether your bank is part of CASS, click here. * Deposits of up to £1000: £3. Deposits of £1000 and above: 0.3% of the amount deposited. If you withdraw cash using the Post Office Counter Service, we will charge you £0.50 per withdrawal.** The small business threshold for FSCS is an annual turnover of less than £1m. FSCS does not apply to all business types, please check the FSCS website for eligibility.