Companies House is the United Kingdom’s registrar of companies. You can’t form a limited company or dissolve a limited company without the approval of Companies House. When a company is formed, it is placed on a register maintained by Companies House – where certain company information is made freely available. As of December 2021, this register has over 4.8 million companies on it.
Do I have to form a limited company directly with Companies House?
No. Company formation agents, such as us, can submit electronic incorporations with Companies House on your behalf. This is a popular route for business owners-to-be, because formation agents can offer various extras that Companies House simply can’t. More on this at the end of the blog.
Can I see the Companies House register?
Yes, the ‘Search the register’ tool allows you to search a company name, company number or company officer.
Once you have found the right company, you will be presented with the following information:
- Registered office address
- Company status (e.g. Active)
- Company type (e.g. Private limited company)
- Incorporation date
- Account dates
- Confirmation statement dates
- Standard Industrial Classification codes (SICs)
- Filing history
- Current and previous officers
If you complete a search on a person, rather than a company, you will find:
- The number of current appointments held
- Month and year of birth
- Country of residence
- Correspondence address
- List of companies that they’re associated with
- Appointment date
- Resignation date (if applicable)
Where is Companies House based?
The Companies House headquarters are located at:
How do I get in contact with Companies House?
You can email (email@example.com) or call (0303 123 4500) Companies House.
Services Companies House don’t provide
Company formation agents can offer numerous services that Companies House can’t. For example:
Registered office and service address
As we mentioned, when a limited company is formed – information is placed on the public register. This includes address information. Understandably, some people don’t want their personal address published.
It’s common for company formation agents to allow customers to use their address as the registered office and service address.
Confirmation statement assistance
All limited companies need to prepare and file a confirmation statement with Companies House on an annual basis.
Company formation agents will often take this burden off the business owner via a confirmation statement filing service.
Many limited companies will need to register for VAT at the same time as forming their company. Again, this is a service that company formation agents can typically provide.
This is just a taste of the services that can be provided. See here for an extensive list of our company formation packages and extras.
We hope this post has been helpful. Please leave a comment if you have any questions regarding Companies House or the company formation process.