For many years most UK companies were incorporated in 2-3 working hours. However, in recent months we have seen this increase to approximately 8 working hours. Companies House will tell you that they have never guaranteed same day formations and we have seen some recent applications take longer than a working day to complete.
This delay is most likely to be caused by the higher volumes of company formations submitted and the increased amount of data Companies House have to review for each application.
Urgent company registration
If you require an urgent registration to start invoicing clients or open a bank account you can submit your incorporation using Companies House same day formation service for an additional administration charge. The same day service is available for companies formed via Simple Formations. This ensures your company application is prioritised at Companies House and most formations submitted using this service are complete in 1 working hour.
To provide the same day incorporation service you will need to ensure your application is submitted before 2:30pm to meet Companies House deadline. The same day formation option can be used for all online formations including Companies Limited by Guarantee, Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP’s) and for companies registered in England & Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
With new legislation being introduced such as the Persons of Significant Control Regulations we are not seeing the incorporation time frames decrease but we are hopeful that Companies House will improve on this time in due course. Until then you can select the same day registration service for any urgent company formations.