The increasing cost of incorporating a company

Perhaps not as widely known as the much publicised changes to company law is the fact that due to an increase in charges levied by Companies House, fees associated with incorporating and maintaining a company will rise from 1 May 2024.

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 to £40, depending on the channel used ie postal or online application. with fees increasing across-the-board from registration to exit, The increase in costs will include the following fees:

  • 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 going up 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 fee increasing to £706 from £400.

Many people set up a new company through a company 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 1 May.

Confirmation statements

Every company, including dormant companies, must file a confirmation statement at least once a year. The cost is currently £13 and rising 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 visit the government website and for an update on price increases.

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