Companies House

This page was written by Martin Tomkinson and supported the Company Accounts course at the Summer School.

In the UK, all limited companies and limited liability partnerships must file their accounts at Companies House which has offices in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. There are more than two million registered firms and over 300,000 new companies are incorporated each year.

General information about services, booklets and prices can be found on the Companies House website: www.companieshouse.gov.uk.

The accounts and financial figures can be obtained by either going to the offices or online through the Companies House Direct subscription service at www.direct.companieshouse.gov.uk.

Sign-on is free but there is a monthly charge of £5 and an average screen charge of £1 to look at information such as company records, mortgage statements and directors.

A monitoring service, at 50p per company per annum, will alert you any time a particular company files a document.

Depending on the size of the company there may be a large number of filings. For example, Marks & Spencer PLC one of Britain’s largest retailers and a member of the FTSE 100 index of top companies. A small company’s annual turnover must be £5.6m or less.

What to Look For
Company details: registered office, date of incorporation and filing dates.

Appointments: (Form 288) – a (new); b (resignation); c (change of details): current/previous directors. Age, nationality, appointed and  resigned/dissolved. Also check other add