Company Formation Checklist

People often ask us what documents and information they need when doing a company formation. This is a checklist takes you through the information you need to have to hand when you register a limited company online through our website:

You can also view our ultimate guide to setting up a limited company.

To register a limited company in the UK you will need:

  • A unique company name;
  • A registered office address;
  • At least one Director;
  • At least one shareholder;
  • Choose at least one SIC code;
  • A company secretary (optional).


Company Name Checklist

  • Company Name is available

Read our guide to checking company names to make sure you have done the proper checks.


Registered Office Checklist

  • Registered Office Address including postcode

This will be the “legal service” address for your company.
It does not need to be the same as the trading address of the business (eg your accountants address);
It can be a PO box but you need to provide the full street address.

(Eg PO BOX 55, Chelmsford, CM1 1SY – wrong)

PO BOX 55, 2nd Floor, 43 The Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1SY - tick correct


Company Directors Checklist

For each director of your limited company you will need the following information:

  • Salutation (mr/mrs/miss etc)
  • Full name
  • Usual residential address and postcode (Compulsory)
  • Directors service address and postcode (optional)
  • Phone number
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Town of birth
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Eye colour
  • Number of shares (if any)

Each limited company needs at least one company director;
Directors must be at least 16 years old;
Directors do not need to be UK nationals.


Shareholders Checklist

You will need the following for each shareholder.

  • Salutation (mr/mrs/miss etc)
  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Phone number
  • Date of Birth
  • Number of Shares

Your limited company will need at least 1 shareholder.
These can be the same people as the company director.


SIC Code Checklist

An SIC code tells the government what industry you are in.
They mainly use this for statistical purposes and it doesn’t tie you to that industry.
There is an SIC code search on our website order form or you can view a list of SIC codes in our guide

Spelling and Accuracy of Information

When you come to open a business bank account the bank will check the information you entered for your company against your passport, driving licence and other ID. If it does not match they will not open a bank account for you.