There are so many company formation agents that some people believe that the market place is now saturated. There are dedicated company formation agents, accountants, solicitors, umbrella companies, personal service companies and web developers that now all claim to be able to form your limited company.
So who do you choose to form your company? Are all agents the same? Is price the only factor you should consider?
This website has been created to help you choose the right company formation agent for you.
Comparing Company Formation Agents
There are many formation agents providing a mixed level of service. Do not be followed by the website alone. There are formation websites that are operated from outside of the UK and some are re-selling services.
Do they provide a telephone number and easy to find contact details?
Try calling them. If the phone is answered by an advisor who can explain the difference between shares and guarantee companies you may be talking to a trained employee. If the person answering your call takes a message or puts you on hold while they transfer you it may be a ‘virtual call answering service’.
Ask if you can visit the office. If they make excuses or say you need an appointment they may be working from home or based outside of the UK. Even if you do not want to see someone this is a good test.
How do you know which agent to trust?
The most reputable formation agents will meet the following criteria.
Registered as a company at Companies House
Detailed on Companies House list of company formation agents.
Recorded at HM Revenue & Customs under Money Laundering Regulations
Registered for Data Protection
If you have any doubts it is recommended that you pick up the phone and ask questions.