This is very easy to do, and can be done overnight!
But first there is no such thing as a not for profit company - all companies MUST make a profit - of course, how much profit, and what it does with that profit are entirely different questions. You are setting up a Company Limited by Guarantee, that is to say with no shareholders.
Decide on the name of your company
Check on the companies House website http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/
to see if the name is listed. If it is not then it is very likely to be available
Go back to the Comapanies House Website at :
and download the forms which you will need.
These are 10, 12 and 30(5)a.
You then need a constitution called Memorandum and Articles of Association. You find some models at the followng websites:
Decide on the options in the model document, including who your Members and Directors will be. In this type of company it is usual for the Members to be the same people as the Directors.
Hold a meeting of the Directors in order to
a) sign the Memoranduma and Articles in front of a witness
b) sign the form 10
Go to a Commisioner for oaths to swear and sign forms 12 and 30(50)a.
Make a copy of all documentation
Send all of the documents off to Companies House with a cheque for £20, or if you want "same day filing" then £50.
Please note this is a summary. Very clear details are available on the Companies House website at:
If you are uncertain then obtain advice