A Guide to Companies House

The following guide is designed to help you understand the role of Companies House.

Main Functions

The Registrar of Companies

History of Companies House

Registering a limited company at Companies House


The main functions of Companies House are:

To incorporate and dissolve limited companies 

To examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation 

To make this information available to the public 


The Registrar of Companies

There are two registries for the UK. Companies House in Cardiff deal with the administration for companies registered in England and Wales. Similarly Companies House in Edinburgh deal with the administration for companies registered in Scotland.

There is also an information centre in London, however it is not possible to register companies at this location.

History of Companies House

The United Kingdom has enjoyed a system of company registration since 1844. Today, company registration matters are dealt with, in law, by the Companies Act 2006.

All limited companies in the UK are registered at Companies House, an Executive Agency of the Department of Trade and Industry. There are more than 3 million limited companies registered in Great Britain , and more than 500,000 new companies are incorporated each year.

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Registering a limited company at Companies House

There are two options available for registering a limited company. You can either use an Agent or you can deal with Companies House directly yourself.

If you deal with Companies House directly they are not permitted to advise or guide you on the best way to form your company for your circumstances. In the event you do not know what is the best way to create your share structure, or maybe create the prescribed particulars, you are not able to ask for specific assistance from Companies House as this would be seen as advice which they are not permitted to give. Using an agent such as ourselves will afford you the benefit of extensive guidance in all aspects of a company formation. We will make a few assumptions to simplify the process and remove the unnecessary complexity that is not often required for a typical company registration.

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Register a company


Simple Formations have invested the time and money in electronic systems which greatly simplify the process and include numerous fail safes to avoid rejected applications. We also provide free phone support and unlike Companies House will advise you based on your personal circumstances. Post incorporation we also provide all the legally required documentation and continue to offer advice and support. Providing fully inclusive packages at great prices it makes good business sense to use Simple Formations. You can find out more information on why you should choose us here.

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Please note Companies House processing times are an estimate only and not guaranteed.

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