If you urgently require an Offshore Company, we have Offshore Shelf Companies that are available for immediate transfer. The companies we have available have remained dormant since incorporation and have been incorporated to solely keep on the Shelf.
Please read below why you should consider purchasing a Shelf Company:
- Boost your business with an established company – reliability comes with an aged company, clients and businesses will trust you more as the company will have been established for a while
- Establish business relationships easily – business and banking relationships are easily established with an older company
- Gain confidence from customers – new and existing clients will feel more confident dealing with you as your company will have a history
- Simplicity – the process is simple and straight forward, Shelf Companies are immediately available to transfer over to you
You can view a list of the most popular Offshore Shelf Companies here: https://www.cfsformations.com/offshore-ready-made-companies
We would like to inform you that Royal Mail will soon be increasing their postage charges.
This means that the cost to forward on your post will increase slightly. The changes will come into effect on the 27th March 2017.
Royal Mail have informed us that the price increase is due to the increase in overseas delivery costs.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
Leanne joined the team in 2011 as a UK and International Administration Apprentice. Leanne has shown hard work and dedication over the past 6 years, this reflects her job position now as a UK and International Senior Administrator.
We asked Leanne:
What do you enjoy the most about working at CFS?
“I have enjoyed my time at CFS because of the people I work with, we all get along really well and work well as a team to ensure we provide first class customer service to all of our clients. I really enjoy speaking with and assisting our customers to ensure their requirements are met. I like how every day at my job is different, one day I could be working on UK Companies, the next I could be working with a customer on an Overseas Incorporation.”
What do you like doing in your Spare time?
‘ I love going on holiday and visiting new countries, recently I have been to Greece, Portugal and France.
I am a bit of a fitness fanatic and love going to the gym in my free time’
Leanne is currently working on obtaining a qualification in Business management.
Some clients require specific articles of association for their company, if you are setting up a company that requires specific articles our system allows you to add your own articles to your new formation.
When you are going through the incorporation process you are able to upload your own memorandum and articles of association.
If you require specific articles of association for all your company formations, you can pay a one off fee of £25.00 and the articles will be available for you when incorporating each of your companies.
To upload the articles, please visit your articles settings on your Dashboard.
Would you like to take the stress out of incorporating a new company without lots of time consuming paperwork?
If so, you are able to incorporate a range of UK companies online through our website
Please see the different company types here: https://www.cfsformations.com/packages
Registering a company online has never been as easy, you can enter the details online, submit the company and the leave rest to us, all we require is:
- 1 Director
- 1 Shareholder
- 1 PSC
- Secretary (Optional)
There are 5 simple steps to incorporating a company online, they are as follows:
- Choosing a Company Name
- Entering the relevant company officers
- Checking your company details
- Making payment
- Wait for your company documents
Once the company has been submitted it is sent straight for Incorporation, then all you have to do is wait for the company documents and then start trading.
Please contact us for further information today.
Do you ever wonder what would be the best company type for you?, or how to File a VAT Return?
If you do, we have developed an excellent accountancy referral service with an accountant who are happy to help our customers with any enquiries.
Why would you need to be referred to an Accountant?
Our accountant can provide advice on a number of things most commonly:
- Best company type for your business
- Filing of VAT Returns
- Filing of Tax Returns
- Preparing Trading Accounts with HMRC and Companies House
What do you need to provide to be referred to an accountant?
You are only required to provide the company name and your contact details.
How can you be referred and what happens next?
Our Accountancy Referral service is included with our UK Incorporation Packages, or you are able to place your order on our UK Additional Services page, the referral is free of charge.
Once your order has been placed you will be emailed a contact number and further instructions for you to contact the accountant. When contacting the accountant you are able to discuss your requirements with them.
Please contact us today for further information.
Do you find yourself coming to our website every day to incorporate companies?
Why don’t you take advantage of our incorporation software, this will allow your clients to incorporate companies directly on your website! Saving you time!
You can choose what services you would like to offer and you can add your own mark up to our prices, meaning you make a profit on our services too.
You can read more about our free incorporation software by clicking here.
You can enable the incorporation software directly from your ‘Dashboard’ once you have logged in. If you are looking at enabling the incorporation software, please contact us and we will send you our easy to follow guide which helps you set up the incorporation software
If you would like to see what our incorporation software would look like on a website, please have a look at our test page by clicking here.
To set up a company offshore, specific identification documents are required.
The most common requirements are:
- Certified copy of a Passport – this must be a clear copy of a passport and the photo shown must be clear and visible
- Certified copy of a Utility Bill – this is usually a Bank Statement, Gas or Electricity bill and should be dated within the last 3 months, the name and address of the officer must be visible on the bill. If the document is not in English, it should be translated by a translator
- Reference Letter - References from a Bank, a practicing attorney or a certified accountant are acceptable. Reference should be dated within the last 3 months, prepared on the entity’s official letter head and must indicate the following:
- A period of relationship for at least 2 years
- Type of relationship
- Status of relationship
When documents are being certified, they should be certified as a true copy of the original by either of the following:
- Certified Auditor
- Notary Public
The certification on the document should be in English and should state the following:
- ‘I hereby certify that this is a true copy of the original’
- The certifiers printed name and signature
- Name of the organisation
- Date certified
- Contact information – including email address and contact number
If you are interested in a specific jurisdiction, please contact us for more information on the ID requirements.
If you are looking at setting up a new UK Company, why don’t you take advantage of our Privacy Package?
Our Privacy Package includes a variety of services which helps keep your addresses from being displayed on public records.
The contents of the package is:
- Incorporation of a UK Company
- London Wood Green Registered Office
- London Wood Green Correspondence Address
- Fraud Protection
By preventing your address from being displayed on public records it will prevent unsolicited junk mail, and visitors at your home/residential address
As head of customer relations Rachel is the driving force behind each of our clients receiving a first class customer experience.
With a strong background in business and customer satisfaction Rachel is responsible for ensuring we provide the best services and company communication possible.
Rachel joined the team in 2011 during which time many changes were being implimented for the Companies Act 2006.
We asked Rachel what she likes best about her role at CFS:
“That’s easy to answer, I love dealing with our clients both in the UK and Internationally. Both myself and the team work hard daily to provide the best possible service for our customers and seeing the end result and feedback we receive is extremely rewarding. I’m not sure what other job I could do whereby I get the opportunity to be part of such a positive close knit team. It’s fast paced and there is certainly never a dull moment!”
What do you enjoy when you are not working?
“I really enjoy travelling with my husband, son and daughter, we love to explore new places, I have recently spent time in both America and Finland. “
Rachel is currently working on the ongoing development and promotion of our Incorporation Software.
All UK Shelf Companies that we have available are readily available for you to purchase and trade. The cost of our Shelf Companies include:
- Non Trading Company
- Free Name Change (if required)
- Transfer of the ownership
- Preparation of new documentation
By transferring the company over to you we complete the following changes:
- Changing of Registered Office Address
- Resignation of the current Directors
- Appointment of the new Directors
- Appointment of the new Secretaries (if applicable)
- Changing the company name (if applicable)
- We provide a transfer of shares document showing the transfer of the company shares
As soon as the company has been transferred over to you, we will prepare new documentation that shows, you are the new owner of the company. You are then able to trade and do business with the company.
We would like to congratulate Adam, our Technical Specialist on his second year of service with CFS International Formations. Since joining CFS in December 2014 Adam has created and developed the functionality of our site and made many improvements to help the overall customer experience.
Well done Adam for all your hard work and dedication to CFS over the last 2 years.
Adam commented “it’s been a pleasure working for CFS and I am so pleased that I have been able to develop my skills further. I am really excited to see what the future holds!”
“Receiving feedback from satisfied customers is one of the best parts of our job. We have registered many offshore and UK companies for customers located over the world. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service” said Leanne Coxon, UK and International Senior Administrator. We love to hear that our clients are happy with the service provided by CFS! One of our clients from Norway said: "I was looking at setting up a new company in Barcelona and I found CFS International Formations. It was very easy and straight forward to set up the company in Barcelona with help from CFS, they made the whole process painless".
Don’t just take our word for it, please read more about what our clients say about us: http://www.cfsformations.com/customer-testimonials
Kindly be advised that our offices will close from Friday 23rd December at 15.00GMT for the festive period. Our offices will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 9.00GMT.
As our offices are closed, we will not be available for telephone and email support from Friday 23rd December at 15.00GMT.
Electronic incorporations and filings can still be submitted as usual and all other orders will be processed when we return to the office on 3rd January 2017.
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
On Tuesday 20th December, our offices will be closed from 15.00GMT as we are away from the office having Christmas Dinner.
As our offices are closing early, we will not be available for telephone and email support from 15.00GMT.
Electronic incorporations and filings can still be submitted as usual and all other orders will be processed when we return to the office on Wednesday 21st December.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
In 2001 Nuala Heaney our Company Director co-founded CFS along with Tony Thornton.
We asked Nuala to tell us about some of CFS’ achievements over the last 15 years.
“One of our greatest achievements was CFS taking off and moving from the converted garage where we first set up business to actual offices. Over the last 15 years we have built up CFS and have gone from strength to strength. Our latest achievement, which we are all very proud of, being our new website.”
Apart from hard work, what did you bring to CFS 15 years ago?
“My main asset that I bought to CFS all that time ago was customer service. I wanted everyone’s experience at CFS to be positive, helpful and some where you would go to again and again for all your business needs. I had a lot of customer service experience as I had worked for a multi-national pharmaceutical company where I managed a large call centre and set up a customer service centre. The offices were based across 2 sites in the UK giving a wealth of experience in managing customers, staff, organisation and procedures.”
Nuala is closely involved in the business, so we asked her what she likes to do to unwind.
“I love to socialise, I am very close to my family and friends so most of my spare time is spent with them, either shopping or dining out”
We are delighted to announce that we will be celebrating our 15 year anniversary next week.
Since 2001 we have grown from strength to strength establishing a reputation in the industry for fast, simple and transparent services that go the extra mile to ensure we have complete customer satisfaction.
The Managers Emily Laycock and Rachel Griffiths are backed up by a dedicated team of specialists in company formation and company maintenance.
Our directors Tony Thornton & Nuala Heaney said “We would very much like to thank our clients who have worked with us and supported us over the years, we are proud of the services we provide and that we always have customer satisfaction at the forefront of everything we do. We feel honoured that many of our very first clients continue to use our services.”
To mark the occasion we are offering our UK Limited by Shares Email Package at a discounted price of £15.00 – one pound for every year we are celebrating.
The discount will last for one day only on the 13th December 2016.
We look forward the next stage of CFS and what the future will bring.
You are able to upload your own articles of association to each company formation you set up through us. Whilst you are going through the incorporation process you are asked what articles of association you would like to use for your formation, at this point you are able to choose one of ours or upload your own articles free of charge.
The file must be in PDF and the memorandum of association must be at the front of the articles. Once your company has been submitted, we will not edit or amend the memorandum and articles, they will be sent straight to Companies House to have your company incorporated.
Emily Laycock has been our Operations Manager since the beginning of 2009 bringing with her a wealth of experience in business finance, compliance and team management.
We asked Emily what changes have happened to CFS since 2009?
“I joined the team during a period of major change and development as we were just starting to develop the new XML (computer language) with Companies House and simultaneously implementing the Companies Act 2006 which became law in October 2009, since then we have continued to develop our website software to ensure we strive to be always one step ahead of our competitors. I was pleased to be part of the launch of our new website in 2016 which had been 2 years in the planning. It’s brighter, more current and has fast easy to use navigation.”
What do you like best about your role at CFS?
“This is extremely hard to answer as my role is so diverse and every day is different, I love dealing with clients both in the UK and Internationally but I also love researching our products to ensure the services we provide are second to none.”
Finally what do you enjoy when you’re not working?
“I am a bit of a shopaholic and I love dining out, but most of all I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young sons.”
Emily is now looking forward to celebrating CFS’s 15th anniversary!
We hope you will join us with our 15th Birthday celebrations next month. More details coming soon
By using a registered trademark, you can protect your brand by restricting other people from using its name or logo.
A trademark is a sign that is used to distinguish your business’ goods or services from other traders.
Securing a registered trademark protects your brand, and provides you with the tools to prevent someone using similar signs and using the back of your business. With your brand registered, you are within your rights to take actions against parties who have attempted to register conflicting trademarks, or are operating with conflicting brands and damaging your business.
If you do not protect your trademark by registering it, then you may find you are legally prevented from expanding your business.
Visit our Additional Services page for more information on our free referral.
In Gibraltar there is no capital gains tax, sales tax or VAT. The main tax for companies is corporation tax. Gibraltar resident companies are taxed on income received in or obtained from Gibraltar. A company is deemed to be resident in Gibraltar if:
- The management and control of the company is in Gibraltar
- The management and control of the company is outside Gibraltar, but those managing and controlling the company are resident in Gibraltar
The standard rate of corporate tax in Gibraltar is 10%.
On an annual basis a Gibraltar Company must ensure they comply with the following requirements:
- Annual Return
- Annual Accounts
- Registered Agent Renewal
- Registered Office Renewal
The recent changes to Gibraltar Companies means that all Gibraltar companies are required to have a Tax Identification Number (TIN). If your company does not have a Tax identification Number (TIN), this must be obtained at the time of renewal. For more information about Gibraltar’s new requirements, please click here.
Don't miss out on our November offer!
We have reduced the price of three of our Shelf Companies.
The new prices and the name of the companies are show below:
- PRIMARY CARE DIRECT (PARTNERSHIPS) LTD - 1012.50GBP
- STAR ACADEMY OF PERFORMANCE LTD - 1012.50GBP
- CLS (CONSTRUCTION & LANDSCAPE SERVICES) LTD - 1529.10GBP
Take advantage of this great offer, as it isn't here for long!
To purchase a Shelf Company, please click here.
Offers end 30 November 2016.
PayPal are currently carrying out random security checks on Accounts and we are lucky to be chosen.
Due to this our Account is currently down, and therefore unfortunately we are unable to take any payments via PayPal.
We have been informed by PayPal that we should be back up and running soon.
Please accept our apologies on behalf of PayPal for any inconvenience caused.
If your company’s registered office address is expired it will now be registered as invalid at Companies House and therefore, not be in good standing.
Under these circumstances we will need to deal with the change by paper and provide supporting evidence that the address is valid and to ensure your company address is put back into good standing. There is a small administration charge of 20.00GBP per company for us to deal with this.
The changes cannot be processed electronically.
We are delighted to announce that we have strengthened our administration team by appointing a new UK and International Business Administrator.
Chloe Myatt from Doncaster has joined CFS and will work within our UK administrative team dealing with processing client orders, customer relations and ongoing company maintenance.
Chloe has just completed a Business Studies course focusing on Company Business within the UK and has achieved excellent results.
Emily Laycock Operational Manager at CFS said: "Chloe will be a great asset to the team and will bring a fresh approach to our UK Business sector, we are all really looking forward to working with her.”
Chloe is already involved in our UK Registered Office accounts. Chloe said “I am excited to work for CFS Formations they have a renowned reputation in the industry and have a fantastic team. I am looking forward to working with our clients and furthering my skills”.
In 2001 Tony Thornton our Technical Director co-founded CFS along with Nuala Heaney.
We asked Tony, what gave him the idea to start one of the first Companies House approved company formation agents?
“I had extensive experience in electronic programming and also incorporating companies by paper, so it seemed obvious to pull these two skills together and by doing this I created one of the first web based solutions for incorporating companies electronically. This was unique as you didn’t need to buy expensive software from us you could just start incorporating quickly, easily and on a pay as you go system.”
Tony is closely involved in the business, so we asked him what he likes to do to unwind?
“Travel is a great passion of mine, which is why I feel privileged to have the opportunity to travel all over the world to meet with our clients. This has enabled me to build strong and trustworthy business relationships. I also enjoy watching football which with being English can sometimes be more frustrating work than enjoyment!”
Tony’s technical background spans over 30 years and includes working in a number of different cities across the world including London, Zurich and Munich.
Tony and his wife now live in a small village in Yorkshire.
We provide a first class service for incorporating and managing UK Companies. We are here to assist UK and Overseas clients throughout the formation and management of their company and we are available via telephone, email, online chat, skype and social media for any support.
There are many advantages of using CFS over Companies House, to read some of the very few advantages, please click here to read more.
Your Registered Office Address is the official address of your company, and this is where your company post will be sent.
If you would like to change the Registered Office Address of your UK Company, you can do this simply by using our Secretarial Services.
All you need is the company number, authentication code and new Registered Office Address.
Our Secretarial Services is linked directly to Companies House, which means you can make changes to your company quickly and easily.
If you require any assistance using our Secretarial Services, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our technology specialist and overall business enthusiast Adam Jones investigates:
After the unexpected announcement that 52% of the UK voted to leave Europe I wanted to know how Brexit would affect (if at all) the amount of new business being created in the UK.
The UK government have increased their focus on helping UK start-ups and with a renewed effort to create trade deals with the rest of the world, this could be an opportunity for UK start-ups to look at solving problems for a much wider range of markets.
So are people still looking at the UK as an attractive jurisdiction to start their businesses? I found some interesting facts:
- The number of companies in the UK has hit an all-time high.
- Start-up rates have increased at such a speed the UK is now emerging as the most entrepreneurial major economy in the world.
- We now have 1 incorporated business for every 17 people
- More than 170,000 non-UK nationals registered firms with Companies House in 2015
We are delighted to announce that we have won the 2016 Legal Award for the best UK and Offshore Incorporation Company.
This could not have come at a better time, as we have just launched our new website which consists of new branding, new features and improved navigation.
Emily Laycock, Operational Manager said ‘We are thrilled to receive this award. We have always strived to be one of the market leaders in UK and Offshore Incorporations. I feel the new offshore section of our site will be incredibly beneficial for our clients. A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us.’
Please take a look at our offshore section and let us know what you think.
We are very proud that we have created a website that is informative about our business and products but also provides a good insight into our company values and how we work as a team.
Our website has a fresh new look with improved navigation which allows you to find information quicker and easier.
At a glance, some of the new features include:
- Logo and Colours
- Wide range of new UK Formation packages to suit all needs including lots of FREE extras!
- Unique user dashboard where you can view all your companies and account information in one place.
- Ability to choose your own PSC’s during the company formation process
- Meet the team – opportunity to meet the management team and put a face to a name
- Offshore Formations – easy to compare all jurisdictions at a glance
- Uploading of your own Articles during the company formation process
- Incorporation Software – we provide the facility to add company formation software to your own website
- New Log in area at the top of the website and log out on the dashboard
One of the most noticeable changes on our website is our logo. When redesigning our logo we learnt that blue evokes trust, loyalty, security and strength. Qualities that we hope our clients will use when describing us.
Tony Thornton our managing director said “it has been daunting rebranding the site and making sure we chose the right logo and colours, we feel we have got it right and think it will breathe new life into our business and products”.
We also wanted to give new clients an opportunity to get to know us better and who we are as a company. By browsing through our ‘About Us’ section, you will get a good idea of who we are, what we do and what our existing clients have to say about us.
Have a browse through our website, and please get in touch with us. We would love to hear your feedback and thoughts!
We are pleased to inform you that our internet and telephone issues have been resolved.
We are experiencing problems with our internet and telephone lines. We are working hard to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible. We will respond to all emails as soon as possible.
How to register my company for VAT?
We can register most businesses for VAT online. We can assist you throughout the process of registering your company for VAT. If the applicant is resident overseas, we will require an emailed copy of ID documents
We have never been more reachable..
You are able to contact us via email, telephone, skype (id:cfsinternationalformations), social media and live chat
3 Year Service
We would like to congratulate Charlotte on her third year of service with CFS International Formations
Companies House LLP IN01's
Some recent LLIN01's are omitting the OC (prefix letters) which are part of the registration number. This does not undermine the legality of the formed LLP
Nominee Director, Secretary and Shareholder
A nominee is a third party, who is appointed to act as a Director, Secretary or Shareholder of a company. A nominee is used for a number of different reasons but the main one is usually to create legal anonymity – protecting the privacy of the owner of the company.
Registered Office Address
All companies registered in the UK must have a Registered Office in the UK. We have addresses available in London, Yorkshire and Glasgow
If your taking advantage of our Registered Office, you can use our Correspondence Address for a Director of the company. This will prevent your home address from being displayed on public records
3 Year Service
We would like to congratulate Yasmin on her third year of service with CFS International Formations
Where to start with an Offshore Formation?
Most people consider Tax Benefits, Confidentiality, Set up and Annual Fees, whether a visit is required and how long it takes to form the Offshore Company
After months of planning and preparation, the PSC Changes are now live on our website. PSC Registers are now included with all our UK Incorporations
Companies House back log
We would like to inform you that it is now taking around 24 hours for new incorporations to be accepted, this is not due to any of the Companies House changes
The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act, proposed some significant changes to the information that is to be provided to Companies House on an annual basis. One of these changes is that from the 30th of June 2016 the Confirmation Statement will replace the Annual Return.
What is the ‘Confirmation Statement’ and how is it different from an Annual Return?
A Confirmation Statement has pretty much the same function as an Annual Return. However, there are some differences – Please click here for more details.
How to file the all new Confirmation Statement?
1. You can either file the Confirmation Statement by paper or electronically, many people choose to file electronically as this is quicker and easier
2. You can also use our unique Secretarial Services to file your Confirmation Statement, there are many benefits to using your Secretarial Services including the following:
- All live company information in one place
- Automatic updates when company information is changed
- Lower costs for services as you enter information yourself
- We can hold the confirmation statement and file on the due date
- Automatic confirmation once the filing has been accepted
Penalties can be imposed if your annual filings are late.
Why not use our FREE Company Diary to remind you of your filing dates and keep your company in Good Standing.
Click here to view your company diary.
You will need to be logged into our website to view your companies up to date information.
NEW - PSC Register
From 6th April 2016 all UK Companies must keep a PSC Register (Person of Significant Control).
Companies House aim to ensure that the individuals who are the ultimate beneficial owners and controllers of the company are identified. From 30th June 2016, these details will have to be filed with Companies House, at time of incorporation and on the Confirmation Statement (new name for the Annual Return).
All our new incorporations will nowbe provided with a PSC Register.
Companies house are enforcing a new policy on 6th April 2016 that will affect all UK companies who have an invalid or expired registered office address.
What is a UK Registered Office Address?
A registered office is the official address of an incorporated company.
How Will the New Change Affect You?
If you are using any of our CFS addresses as your registered office address you will probably already be aware that they are valid for 12 months and then you will be required to pay for the address to be renewed. From 6th April 2016 if you do not renew your address and change to a new UK address, Companies House will investigate why the company is using an address without authorisation.
What Happens Once They Have Investigated?
After the investigation if they are satisfied that the company is not entitled to use the registered office address (if the address has not been renewed or changed) they will have the power to change the registered office address of that company or LLP to an ‘invalid’ address.
What is the Invalid Address?
An address at Companies House which will make all authorities aware that the company is using an address without authority, this will have potential implications on the company’s good standing. The company will also not receive any important official post.
How Can CFS Help?
There is some good news!
If you are using a CFS registered office address you can be reassured that you will receive reminders in plenty of time before your registered office expires ready for you to renew in time.
If you no longer wish to use one of our registered office addresses you can change it using our simple and easy to use secretarial services.
Discover three services that we feel could benefit your business needs
Give your company a Prestigious London Business Address
London is a prominent financial city which we are sure will help boost your businesses profile and will help increase confidence in your brand.
We also offer one of the most prestigious addresses on Regent Street London along with other locations.
Prices from 100.00GBP
Create a dynamic new website or improve your internet presence
Having a professional website is one of the most important investments you can make. We will refer you onto an expert team who will liaise with you to create the best possible site for your product and brand. They can also assist in increasing your internet presence through search engine optimisation (SEO). SEO is good for not only your business visibility but also strengthens the trust potential clients will have in your company
Company Bank Account
Most trading companies will require a bank account and most clients require this account quickly with as little documentation as possible. Here is where CFS can help with a new account based in St Vincent and Grenadines(Caribbean Island) which is available to all companies irrespective of where your company is incorporated*.
You can hold one, or multiple currencies in your bank account, giving you the flexibility and protection to conduct business locally and around the world. Accounts are opened within 3-5 working days with basic due diligence only required, the price for this service is 450.00GBP
*Not available for USA citizens