Limited Company Formations for Contractors



If you’re a UK-based contractor you’ll need a suitable business structure in which to operate.

The private limited company is the most popular company structure in the UK and is perfect for contractors. Here’s why:

  • They can set up with 1 person - A private limited company needs a director, shareholder, and person with significant control. Crucially to contractors, 1 person can be named as all of these.
  • Limited liability - The owners of the company (shareholders) are only financially liable for the nominal value of shares that they hold in the company. Essentially, this means if the company were to encounter financial difficulties, the contractor’s assets are protected.
  • Esteemed structure - The limited company business model is globally recognised and provides a business with the perfect platform to make an immediate impact. Some businesses will refuse to work with contractors who operate under any other structure, such as sole traders.
  • Low startup and running costs - A limited company can be formed with 1st Formations from as little as £12.99, with the ongoing annual filing obligation of the confirmation statement costing just £44.99 per year.
  • Name protection - When you form a limited company, your chosen company name becomes legally protected. No one else can form a limited company with the same name, or even use a similar name. 
  • Tax efficiency - Whilst it does depend on circumstance, the limited company model is consistently the most tax efficient business structure in the UK, and one of the key reasons why it’s so popular with contractors.

Start your contractor adventure with 1st Formations

With more than 1 million companies formed, 1st Formations are the UK’s most trusted company formation agent.

  • 100% online company formation process
  • Authorised Companies House formation agents
  • Companies typically formed in 3-6 working hours
  • UK customer support team ready to deal with any questions (via telephone, live chat or email)
  • Company formation packages designed to support all needs, including non-UK residents package
  • Different structures available; companies limited by shares, limited by guarantee, limited liability partnerships and public limited companies.
  • Associated services include registered office address, business address, confirmation statements, dormant company accounts, full company secretary and more.
  • Choose your business bank account provider during the company formation process

Browse the company formation packages now.



Some useful videos

1st Formations have created a range of videos to help explain the limited company structure. Here’s a selection that you may find helpful:

How to form a UK limited company

What does it mean to be a limited company?

Limited company or sole trader? We help you decide.

15 reasons why company formations are rejected

What contractors need when forming a company with 1st Formations

Here’s the information you’ll need on hand when forming your company.

Unique company name - As a contractor, you may want to use your name as the company name. This is permitted, but Ltd or Limited must still be applied to the name, as it would with any other company name. The name search tool will let you know immediately if your name is available.

Registered office address - It’s not a problem if you don’t want to use your personal address as a number of the company formation packages come with the facility to use 1st Formations’ address.

Officer and shareholder information - As a contractor, you’ll probably be forming your company with just one person, you. This means you just need to provide your name, residential address, date of birth, occupation and nationality.

Everything else that’s required to form a company is provided as part of the company formation process.

Company formations for contractors in 4 steps

Here’s how easy it is to form your limited company…

  1. Choose your company name
  2. Pick your company formation package
  3. Make payment
  4. Provide your company details

Your application will then be sent to Companies House, the UK’s registrar of companies, where it’s generally processed within 3-6 working hours.

You’ll receive an email with your key company information, including your company number, certificate of incorporation, share certificates, and memorandum and articles of association as soon as your company has been formed.

Form your company now