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Register a Limited Company

Join one of the longest established communities of successful start ups by forming your business with Duport.

Start your Limited Company

Forming your business with Duport couldn't be simpler. Our quick and easy process can mean your company is up and running in only a few hours.

  • Secure payment
  • 5 mins to complete
  • 4-8 hours to register
  • Documents supplied

What do you get?

Once Companies House have approved your company formation, you will receive your:

  • Company Number
  • Incorporation certificate
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association - these are the documents that define how your company legally works
  • Phone and email support from our experienced staff, whether you need help with starting up, or in the future as your business grows

Duport can also help you with everything your company needs to meet statutory requirements, including introductions to accountancy and banking services.

The Formation Process

It's so simple to get started, Duport's quick and easy only formation process means you'll be up and running in no time.

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Pricing & Payment

Incorporation fees are just

  • If you want to start trading straight away, or want Duport to handle your compliance requirements, we have a range of simple packages to choose from
  • Pay securely online, or phone our office team to pay with a debit or credit card
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How long does it take?

  • It only takes 5 minutes to complete the registration process
  • Instant submission to Companies House through our direct system access
  • 6-8 hour average time for Companies House registration
  • If your submission is outside Companies House office hours, it will be at the front of the queue ready for the next working day

Important Notes

  • You can start a company with just one share, but typically people start with 100.
  • If you need and help or advice on how to form or run your Limited Company, take a look through our helpful FAQ and articles, or contact our expert staff
  • You must have at least one Director, one Shareholder, and one Person of Significant Control (or Beneficial Owner), but they can all be the same person
  • You must have at least one Director over the age of 16
  • For each person associated with the company you will need to provide their name and address, date of birth and nationality
  • Duport can provide you with a registered company address if you don't want to use your own
  • Duport have a legal obligation to comply with Anti Money Laundering regulations, and require proof of ID to process some orders. This is a quick and simple process where you upload your ID electronically to be checked by our expert staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to find out more about forming your company with Duport? Have a look through our frequently asked questions to find out more about how to form your company.

Directors are the people who have responsibility for the legal operation of the company. If a company defaults on its legal obligations it is the directors who are held responsible on the company's behalf. This means that it is every director's personal responsibility to ensure that all necessary documents are delivered to Companies House as required under the Company's Act.

Directors also determine company policy and who must sign for any changes to the company's constitution. In a private limited company, Directors can decide who may own shares in the company.

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Most people require a standard limited company which is suitable for nearly all types of trading. However, if you are a not for profit, a sole trader or a charity, then we can offer you a different service.

Limited Companies

your company name will be registered and protected at Companies House. The company will be recognised as an independent (of you) body in which people can own a percentage (hold shares) and be employed by. You are protected from the liabilities of the company as it is independent of you.

Sole Traders

Sole trading is popular with people who are the business and want total control and unlimited responsibility for their own business and its debts.

Because you don't have shareholders or other company directors, do not have to keep Companies House informed of your company details. However, you are still liable for taxation, so you must complete self-assessment tax return annually and register with HM Revenue & Customs within 3 months of starting your business.

Because you are not a limited company, you are personally liable for all your company's debts. Remember, should your company become insolvent your personal assets (such as your house) will NOT be protected.

Your company name is also not secured at Companies House. This means that another individual may register the trading name you are using.

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When you've decided that you want to form a company through Duport, we will take you through the formation process to make sure everything is organised properly.

step one

You need to decide which type of company you want before you begin your formation. A standard LTD company is the most popular choice for our customers, suitable for almost all types of trading. If you are unclear, it is worth seeking the advice of a good accountant.

step two

You need to pick a name for your new company! Use our company name check tool to make sure your company name is available, and read through our sensitive names and choose a company name guides for more information.

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Some words are not allowed in company names and some words may only be used subject to special criteria or permission. Companies House regulates the use of all sensitive words and your company will not be registered if the criteria are not met. For example, you can't use the word "charity" without the permission of the Charity Commission.

The following is a list of the most common types of sensitive words. You may want to check through for any name you were considering. This information is taken directly from Companies House. Duport also maintains a constantly updated internal database of 'sensitive words' and the changing criteria that must be met to allow use of these words. If you need help on this matter, call our team on (0117) 330 8910. Please note that we are unable to check company names against all trademark registrations.

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If your company turnover exceeds the VAT registration threshold, you must register. However, you are allowed to make an optional application for VAT registration before you reach that level in order to claim back the VAT paid on your purchases.

We suggest that you visit your local office of HM Revenue & Customs and obtain their booklets and forms. Alternatively, you can visit their website at

If you are not resident in the UK but wish to have a UK registration for VAT you will need to appoint a 'tax agent' to deal with HMRC on your behalf. It is normal to appoint a qualified accountant for this purpose. If you do not have a UK based accountant, Duport will be able to put you in touch with a suitably qualified firm.

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Company secretaries are responsible to the directors and are usually responsible for filling in the paperwork associated with confirmation statements.

There is no longer a legal requirement to appoint a company secretary, however companies with only one director will often require a second signature on legal documentation (for example when you open a bank account). If you do not appoint a company secretary this documentation will need to be signed by an appointed witness and many companies are still opting to appoint a company secretary.

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Need some help?

If you need some help with your order, or can't find the answer to your question in our FAQs, you can always give us a call or drop us an email.