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The Company Warehouse has been forming UK limited companies since 2003.

We were one of the first online company formation agents in the UK and we are a registered electronic filing agent with Companies House. We have formed thousands of limited companies and we are the only UK company formation agent to offer free company formations.

Our business consultants and legal team can guide you through the company formation process and answer any questions you might have. They will also be able to put you in touch with our qualified accountants who provide free start-up advice to anyone who forms a company through us.

When you form a company, or register, on our website you will get access to the My Company Warehouse control panel. Here you will be able to manage your business and add services, download company incorporation documents and access your business registration numbers. You will also gain access to the wider range of services we offer to new and growing businesses. 

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Starting a new company with us is easy. We have over 10 years experience of forming limited companies and will make sure that your new company is set up quickly and correctly. All you need to do in order to get your new company formed is choose a company name and provide us with some basic information about your company directors and shareholders. We will then form your company for you and provide you with a company number and the necessary documents.

Your first step in forming a limited company is to choose a company name. Our company name search function will show you what names are available and indicate whether the name you want contains any sensitive or restricted words.

If you have any questions about the company formation process our team of Business Consultants are on hand to answer your questions. We have also gathered together answers to some of the most frequently asked company formation questions.

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The Company Warehouse helped start up my company – giving me clear constructive advice on the changes in setting up a company, and the documents I would need, which if left to my own devices, I would be in "hot water"!  The Company Warehouse are always available – either by phone or email and are fast to respond to your queries.  You also have the option to place orders yourself via their website using your own log in details.

In particular, my Business Consultant, David, has been a gem in assisting me with the running of my company.  He always calls and emails me to inform me of important changes (eg PAYE registration)...

Chi, Akili Project Ltd 

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I am a design engineer who switched from staff to contract. I knew nothing about what was needed but The Company Warehouse guided me toward the products I needed. I didn't pay much for everything; under £200 for company formation and all the different packs of information. £50 of this was due to me changing address. I dealt with Colin and Hannah; both were very helpful and pro-active in seeking the required forms/information from me.  Having spent most of the time on the phone to Colin I can vouch for his honesty and good knowledge base,  he has a good understanding of the detail, this impressed me as I knew nothing about the subject and didn't have time to research it all. Thanks Colin...

Peter, Mills & Sons Engineering Consultants Ltd

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I have received excellent services from The Company Warehouse...

Stuart has been fantastic as my business consultant, always giving me sensible, coherent and practical advice... Stuart has always listened to my needs, identified solutions and then come up with a good value and high quality plans that works for me.

The Design Team... have all been excellent in the quality of their craftsmanship and originality designing my website and adding new content for me... as part of in its evolution...

Nick, Travelling Through Time Ltd

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Advantages and Disadvantages

What is a Limited Company?

A Limited Liability Company, quite simply is a company whose liability is limited. That’s the short version. The longer version is that a limited company is a type of company which when set-up allows an entrepreneur to keep their own assets and finances separate from the business itself. This means that people who have invested in the business (the shareholders) are only responsible for any company debts up-to the amount that they have invested and no more. It is therefore a good way for a business to get investment without risk to a personal wealth. Essentially a Limited Company is seen as an entity in its own right, which can be subject to legal action. As a separate body, a limited company can even be the director of another company...

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Company Name Rules

It is quite a common occurrence in the UK for Limited Companies to adopt a “trading” name to run their business with. Having already carried out a company formation and registered a company with one name they find that they would rather run the business under another name. In some instances, a limited company may well run multiple businesses, with various different “trading” names, yet all under the umbrella of the same company. There are, or can be, a number of issues to consider when contemplating such a thing.

First of all, The Business Names Act 1985 imposes certain legal requirements on companies adopting this business technique. The most obvious point is the trading name cannot be the same as or similar to another company or business name...

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Umbrella VS Limited Company

What is an Umbrella Company?

An umbrella company is quite simply a large limited company which operates as a kind of agency on behalf of contractors from various industries. In most situations, a contractor will be a self employed person who will do short or long terms periods of work for various companies, rather than remaining in the employ of a specific company. There are however situations where organisations are opposed to taking on such self-employed contractors and require invoices to be issued via a limited company. This is where umbrella companies come in. Umbrella companies offer self employed contractors the ability to carry out work for their chosen organisation and the umbrella company will simply invoice...

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