How to register a UK company

Find everything you need to know about the application process in this video.

Registration process

Where should I apply for company formation?

If you want to set up a company in England, you can make an application through the wamo website or mobile app. Our platform allows you to register and set up a company quickly and easily, we’ll guide you through the process and help you with all the necessary paperwork.

How long will it take for my company to be registered?

Setting up a company in the UK with wamo takes just 2 days. After 2 days, your new company will be fully operational and ready for business.

How do I pay for wamo’s company formation service?

At the end of the application for your new company you’ll be asked to enter card details for whichever credit or debit card you’d like to use to pay the £99 fee.

How can I open a wamo company account?

If you are setting up your company using our company formation service, a business account will be opened for you at the same time. If you already have a company and want to open a company account for it, you can easily apply through the wamo mobile app or web app for a wamo business account only.

What type of company can I form in the UK using wamo’s company formation service?

You can only apply for and register a private limited company with at least one shareholder.

A private limited company in the UK is a type of business structure that is privately held, meaning that the company's shares are not publicly traded. The owners of a private limited company are known as shareholders, and they have limited liability for the company's debts. This means that their personal assets are not at risk in the event that the company is unable to pay its debts.

A private limited company must have at least one director and one shareholder, and must be registered with Companies House, the UK's official register of companies. A private limited company must include "Limited" or "Ltd" as part of its official company name.

Can I set up other types of business, like an LLP, 'Community Interest Company' or a charity?

At the moment it is only possible to create a limited company, limited by shares.

Do I have to have LTD at the end of my company name?

Yes, you have to have either Limited or LTD at the end of your company name. This is a requirement by Companies House.

There is no difference between LTD and Limited, LTD is just the shortened version. Companies House requires limited companies to have one or the other at the end of the company name.

Can I have a virtual office in the UK?

Of course! During registration, you will be asked for your company address, if you select the option "I don't have an address", we’ll register a virtual office address for you and set up your company at that address.

Do I need to sign any documents?

There is no paper involved when you use wamo’s service to register a new UK company with Companies House and nothing to sign, but please make sure you have read the terms and conditions in full (on the payments screen) before you make your payment.

Do I need to have a solicitor or an accountant to register a UK company?

No, when you register a new UK company using wamo’s service we do it all for you.

Is a company secretary a mandatory requirement?

No, and we don’t include one in your registration process. If you want to appoint a company secretary later you can do that by contacting Companies House directly.

Is it safe to open a company account abroad online?

Opening a company account abroad is useful when it comes to expanding your business and of course to make and receive payments more easily and affordably. Opening an account abroad online can help you trade easily and safely without the hassle of having to travel.

What details will be on the Companies House public record?

Your name, nationality, occupation, month and year of birth, your business’s registered office address and the service address of the director/s. Be aware that if you use your home address as your registered business address, it will also show on the public record. Visit the Companies House website to learn more.

How can I amend any mistakes made during the registration process?

If you realise that you’ve made a mistake after submitting your application to set up a company with wamo, you’ll need to contact Companies House directly to correct the error (details below).

Unfortunately, once we’ve submitted your documents we won’t be able to make any changes for you. This is why it’s very important to double-check everything before submitting.

Have a look at our other articles and FAQs for more information:

Contacting Companies House

You can contact Companies House via their website, email address or phone number

Telephone: 0303 1234 500

Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0300 373 0995

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6pm

You can also check their website for more information about call charges.

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