How long does it take?
There are a lot of claims online regarding how long it takes to setup a limited company. As all limited company applications have to pass through human inspectors in an office environment there can be variation in how long it takes for a company application to be processed. We normally say to allow 5 hours between the company being submitted and a company number being issued. Companies House standard working hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. They do sometimes work outside of these hours to accommodate heavy workloads. Companies do occasionally get registered on a Saturday but this is rare.
TheCompanyWarehouse.co.uk and Companies House both provide a guaranteed same day incorporation service. While our same day service can be done over the phone the Companies House guaranteed same day incorporation can only be done by paper application (it is not available online) and their filing fee is £100.
Same day incorporations must be delivered (either in paperwork or electronically) by 3pm. TheCompanyWarehouse.co.uk has filed electronic same day applications as late as 4pm and still had the company registered the same day.
In our experience it is unusual for clients to pay the same day filing premium but we have filed these types of applications for clients who:
- Wanted to make sure their company wasn’t registered on Friday the 13th.
- Wanted a company registered on a specific day as their Feng Shui consultant had advised them it was the best day to register a company.
Clients who wish to ensure they win a ‘name race’. In our experience a ‘name race’ typically occurs when two or more individuals have the same idea for a company name (usually in the pub).