We create and dissolve limited liability companies. We record company information and make it available to the public. Prior to 1844, societies could only be formed by the issuance of a royal charter, by a private act of Parliament[5] or, from 1834, by letters patent. Only about 100 companies were founded privately between 1801 and 1844. [6] At that time, there was no central commercial register. Companies House is also responsible for the dissolution of companies. [25] The Registrar of Companies for Scotland is based at Companies House, Edinburgh, and is responsible for registering companies in Scotland. Companies House is the commercial register of the United Kingdom[3] and an executive agency and goodwill of Her Majesty`s Government, under the jurisdiction of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. [4] All company forms (as permitted by the UK Companies Act) are registered and registered with Companies House and submit specific information in accordance with the law. All registered limited liability companies, including subsidiaries, small companies and inactive companies, are required to file financial statements in addition to the company`s annual statements, and all of these documents are public documents. Only certain registered companies with unlimited liability (which meet certain conditions) are exempt from this requirement.

The registration of corporations is completed as soon as the certificate of incorporation has been signed or sealed by the Registrar. [83] The incorporation documents contain the following information:[82] The Registrar of Companies for England and Wales has its registered office at Companies House, Cardiff,[34] and is responsible for the registration of companies in England and Wales. Until 2011, there was another Companies House office in Nantgarw, Wales. Companies House`s London office in Petty France is a pure facility for filing and viewing documents, which are then processed in Cardiff. In February 2008, The Times[95] and Computer Weekly[96] published the article that nearly 4,000 of the names in Companies House`s register of directors were on international watch lists of suspected fraudsters, money launderers, terrorist financiers and corrupt officials. The findings come from Datanomic, which compared the registry`s 6.8 million names with a World Check database of high-risk individuals and businesses. In return for granting limited liability to shareholders, companies had to provide certain information to the register of public limited companies, including articles of association (which had not been divided in this way before)[13] and annual returns. [15] Our telephone contact centre is closed on government advice on coronavirus. You can always enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk an email to find out what the Insolvency and Corporate Governance Act means for businesses and read how we quickly adapted to support businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Notwithstanding the above, limited liability companies are not required to indicate their legal form in their name in the case of charities,[75] which are exempted by new regulations of the Secretary of State[76] or are subject to a continuing exemption. [77] We know you don`t want to get stuck in legalese and face impenetrable regulations and laws, but we also know that you want to know what`s going on, which is why we`re happy to keep you updated in jargon-free English and guide you every step of the way, whatever your legal problem is.