Reasons to Call the Companies House Contact Number
Finding the answers to any questions you might have about filing your company’s annual return
Getting help with filing your company accounts properly and in the right department
Registering changes in your company’s details to avoid any confusion or miscommunication
Finding information on a company
Registering the start of a new company, if you’re setting one up
Closing a company which you will not be continuing
Reporting company fraud or looking for advice on protecting your company.
Complaining about the customer service you received form an advisor at Companies House
Companies House WebCheck for Companies
Using the Companies House database, you can check the availability of company names; the date when a company was founded; company addresses and the names of company directors and secretaries, among other information.
You can explore the Companies House WebCheck service, which charges just £1 per document. You can also use the Companies House free mobile app, or sign up to the Companies House Direct premier subscription service, which allows you unlimited access to company information for a low monthly fee.
The Companies HouseMonitor service also lets you keep an eye on your competitors and keep up to date with information sent to Companies House via email notifications. Once notified, you can then decide whether you wish to order the information or not.
Companies House Annual Return
The deadline for an annual return depends on each company’s individual details. Sign in to the Companies House WebFiling service to check your company details and your filing dates.
An annual return must include all general information about your company for Companies House records. This includes the names of directors and secretaries; registered office address(es); shareholders and share capital.
The Companies House WebFiling service is the cheapest way to complete your annual return, but you can also do it using a suitable Software Filing package. For help using either of these, or for filing on paper, call the Companies House contact number.
You can sign up for eReminders of when your annual return is due, which will be delivered to you by email.
Companies House Search
Information you submit relating to your company’s accounts, annual returns, director or secretary appointments and shareholder information will all be available on the public register by law.
The Companies Act 2006 requires certain personal information of company officers to be included as part of their appointment. This will also be available on the public register and is required by law.
Bear in mind that while your company’s service address will be accessible by public record, your Usual Residential Address (URA) will be kept on a separate record and restricted from public view.
All personal information is protected by the Data Protection Act; however this excludes information that the data controller is legally obliged to make public.
Companies House Forms
The types of forms that you will need when registering a company depends on what type of company it is. There are different forms for limited companies, limited liability partnerships, overseas companies and forms for when a company goes into insolvency.
About Companies House
Companies House is the official registrar of companies in the UK, and operates as an executive branch of the UK Government. It falls under the greater jurisdiction of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, registering and incorporating all kinds of company and business, the details of which are public and available for anyone to research – only some specific registered unlimited companies are exempt from this public recording. All others, including small, subsidiary and inactive companies, must register and present the relevent information for public use.
The UK Companies House was established in 1844 as a way of recording all company registrations and their relevant information. Company registrations are now legally obligatory under the Companies Act 2006.
Companies House stores and provides information on over three million limited companies based in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Companies House in England and Wales
Companies House treats England and Wales as one single entity without distinction, allowing companies to registered in England and Wales simultaneously, with a unified registered different from those used in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The official address of the company is in this case the Registered Office, which may be registered in England and Wales, Scotland, or Wales alone. Therefore any company registering will be classified as “Registered in England and Wales”, “Registered in Scotland” or “Registered in Wales”.
What this means in practice is that companies operating in England must register in both England and Wales, while companies in Wales get a choice of whether to register in England and Wales, or Wales alone.
Although the companies will have registered in one or more of a number of countries, the formatting provided by them to the Companies House is always the same:
“On all company’s business letters, order forms (in hard copy, electronic or any other form) and its websites, the company must show in legible lettering:
(a) the part of the United Kingdom in which the company is registered which is:
For Companies registered in England and Wales either:
Registered in England and Wales; or
Registered in England; or
Registered in Wales; or
Registered in London; or
Registered in Cardiff.”
The Companies House headquarters found in Cardiff deals with all aspects of companies registered in England and Wales, which are subject to English corporate law. Until recently, a second Welsh office operated in Nantgarw, but it was ultimately closed in 2011 in an attempt to streamline the service.
A central London office located on Abbey Orchard street also exists, but is purely a document reception facility, which exists solely to receive, file and view documents, which once organised are sent to the Cardiff office for full processing.
Companies House is also responsible for dissolving companies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Companies House in Scotland
In Scotland, any Companies House office in Edinburgh handles Scottish registration of businesses, which are subject to Scots Law instead of English Law.
Companies House in Northern Ireland
Before 1st October, 2009, all companies in Northern Ireland were registered via the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, and were subject to Northern Irish law. However, on 1st October 2009, the Northern Irish department was fully merged into Companies House, which now operates a satellite head office in Belfast.