Companies House

The United Kingdom has had a system of company registration since 1844. Companies House is the United Kingdom Registrar of Companies and is an Executive Agency of the United Kingdom Government. All forms of companies are incorporated and registered with Companies House and file specific details as required by the current Companies Act 2006. All registered limited companies, including subsidiary, small and inactive companies, must file annual financial statements, in contrast to registered unlimited companies , in addition to annual company returns, which are all public records.

All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House, an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). There are more than 2 million limited companies registered in Great Britain, and more than 300,000 new companies are incorporated each year. Visit the official Companies House UK website to learn more.

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Company House Offices

England and Wales Company House: England and Wales are treated as a single entity with a unified register, separate from those of Scotland or Northern Ireland. Companies must advise Companies House of their intended registered office, which may be in England and Wales, in Scotland, or in Wales. The Companies House office in Cardiff handles companies incorporated in England and Wales and in Wales. These companies are subject to English law. There is another office at Nantgarw, Wales, which contains the Compliance Unit, Prosecuting Solicitors, Late Filing Penalties and the E-Filing Team.

Scotland Company House: The Edinburgh office handles companies incorporated in Scotland. These companies are subject to Scots law.

Northern Ireland Company House: In 2009 the Northern Ireland companies register was fully integrated into Companies House. Companies House maintains a satellite office in Belfast, headed by the Registrar of Companies for Northern Ireland.