The cost of incorporating a company increases

The fees associated with incorporating and maintaining a company will rise from the 1st May 2024, due to an increase in charges from Companies House.

Companies House has explained that fees are set on a cost recovery basis – meaning that the increases are intended to solely cover the cost of the services they deliver without making a profit.


Currently, the cost of registering a company with Companies House ranges from £10 – £40, depending on the channel used. With fees increasing across the board from registration to exit, increased costs include:

Online registration for a business or limited liability partnership: this is normally completed within 24 hours at the cost of £12. However, online registration fees will rise to £50, an uplift of 300%.

Same-day incorporation: the fee for this service is rising from £30 to £78.

Voluntary striking off: When a company is no longer required, voluntary striking off will now incur a fee of £33; it is currently £8.

Overseas entities: the largest increases apply to overseas entities who need to register with Companies House. The registration fee goes up from £100 to £234, with the removal increasing to £706 from £400.

Many people set up a new company through a formation agent. Their most basic offerings only add a small margin to the Companies House charge. This means the fees charged by agents are going to see similar increases come May 1st.

Confirmation statements

Every company, including dormant companies, must file a confirmation statement at least once a year. The cost is currently £13 and will rise to £34. This fee, at least, covers a 12-month period. It’s paid with the first filing during the period with no further charge for any subsequent filings during the same period.

For a full list of Companies House’s current fees and updates on price increases, visit the government website.

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Duncan advises clients on their business, tax, and financial matters. He also advises larger clients and groups on accounting under UK GAAP and IFRS.

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