Calling 0843 557 4543 will put you through to a member of the Companies House Customer Services. The helpline serves as a space for those with a company to ask questions, find help with something or to resolve any issues they are having.
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 relevant 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.
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. If you would like some assistance using the Companies House WebCheck, contact a member of staff who can help you further on 0844 453 0195.
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.
The 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. For help with your annual return, contact a member of the Companies House team on 0843 596 4080
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. The contact number for Companies House in Scotland is 0843 596 4081.
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. If you want to contact a member of staff from the Northern Ireland Companies House, call 0843 596 4082.
Other ways to Contact Companies House
If you would like to contact Companies House in other ways, you can do so by writing a letter to their head office address:
DX 33050 Cardiff