Shelf Companies - Purchase a ready made company today

Dormant companies, ready for you to take over

A shelf company (also sometimes known as a ready made company) is a company that has been formed but never traded. They’re ideal if you require a company number extremely quickly or if you need to operate as an older company.

All of our shelf companies are up to date with their Dormant Company Accounts and Confirmation Statement filing obligations.



Shelf Company packages

Shelf company names are available on a first come first serve basis. View the full list of available names here.

2020 Shelf Company - Standard

Includes electronic copies of the Original Certificate of Incorporation and Memorandum & Articles of Association, plus a J30 Stock Transfer form.


2020 Shelf Company - Premium

Includes everything in the Standard package plus a company name change and the filing of a Confirmation Statement to notify Companies House of new shareholders.


How it works

  • Select ‘Buy Now’ for either the standard or premium service for the year you want
  • We'll automatically email you the shelf company template, for you to complete with your chosen company name
  • We'll then make the relevant appointments and resignations (please note the name has not been reserved until the template has been returned to us)
  • We'll complete the J30 stock transfer form and, with the premium service only, we’ll also file a confirmation statement to notify Companies House of the new shareholding details.
  • With the premium package, you will also be able to update the company name directly from your online admin portal.

Why buy a shelf company?

  • Simplicity - The process is quick and easy with a company number available straight away.
  • Longevity - This can boost investor or consumer confidence. Some jurisdictions actually require that a company be in business for a certain length of time before signing contracts.

Proof of ID

Proof of ID

We have a legal obligation to check Proof of ID and Proof of Address. This is to ensure we comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations and 'Know Your Customer' (KYC) requirements. Please check this article to see which documents we can accept.

Shelf company FAQs

What will I receive?

With the Standard Shelf Company packages, you will receive:

  • Electronic copies of the Certificate of Incorporation and Memorandum & Articles of Association.
  • Completed J30 stock transfer form and board meeting minutes.
  • Online admin portal to manage your company.

With the Premium Shelf Company packages, you will receive in addition to the above:

  • Company Name Change (to change the shelf company name to the name of your choice).
  • Confirmation Statement (to update the changes to shareholding at Companies House).

How does the service work?

We'll email you the Shelf Company template to complete and return with your chosen company name from the selected incorporation year. Please return the completed template as soon as possible to avoid someone else possibly choosing the same shelf company. Chosen companies are designated on a first come first serve basis. As soon as the template is received by our team, we shall make the necessary director appointments and send you the relevant company documents. The company is now yours.

The Premium Shelf packages also include the Company Name Change and Confirmation Statement service. Once the company has been transferred, you will be able to change the company name via your online account which generally takes 3-4 working hours for Companies House to approve. We will also prepare the Confirmation Statement to update the new shareholder’s details online at Companies House. We will email you and request that you review the prepared Statement before filing.

Can this service be used for company officers' (directors and secretaries) or shareholders' addresses?

If the company name is not suitable, we highly recommend purchasing the Shelf Premium package which includes a Company Name Change and Confirmation Statement service. If you only require the Company Name Change and not the Confirmation Statement, you can of course purchase the Company Name Change service separately here.

Can I get a bank account with the shelf company?

All banks carry out reference checks on company officers prior to opening a bank account for a limited company. As a shelf company has no officers or directors, you will still need to apply for an account and the bank will conduct the relevant credit history checks. Company Formation MadeSimple has a relationship with Barclays and we will be happy to put you in touch with them.

Is it safe to buy a shelf company?

Yes. A shelf company is a dormant company with no trading history, so you can rest assured that the company is financially clean and there are no outstanding burdens.

Do I have to use my own Registered Office?

Not if you don't want to. Company Formation MadeSimple can provide a Registered Office Service with a prestigious London N1 address. For more information click here.

If you have any more questions please email the team at [email protected].

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