Companies House and its functions

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Companies House acts as an official registrar of UK businesses in the following countries:

Northern Ireland, England and Wales, and Scotland.

It helps to control and implement limited liability partnerships and private companies in the UK. The primary duties of Companies House are reviewing and managing all the records related to LLPs and limited companies.


Types of businesses that have registered with Companies House:

Companies House is responsible for approving the incorporation of limited companies. Companies House rarely manage non-government company arrangements such as general partnerships and sole traders.

Below are the types of business that Companies House can incorporate:

  • Public Limited Company (PLC)
  • Private Company Limited By Guarantee
  • Private Company Limited By Shares
  • Private Limited Company (LTD)
  • Private Unlimited Company
  • European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG)
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  1. Limited Partnership
  2. European public sector companies
  3. Large Companies

Facilities provided by Companies House:

Companies House maintains all the data related to the company, directors, and shareholders and makes these data available to the general public. The details provided on the company list can be viewed by the general public, as well as by all other businesses. Consequently, the general public can monitor and inspect the ownership, actions, and reliability of any company in the UK.

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