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An introduction to Companies House for entrepreneurs

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What Companies House is and the process of incorporating a new small business in the UK.

February 2, 2023

Charles Brecque

To incorporate your new small business in the United Kingdom, you'll need to register it on Companies House's registrar of companies. The company registration process requires creating an account, choosing a company name and paying a small filing fee. This short article explains what companies house is and everything you can with your companies house login.

What is companies house?

Companies House is an executive agency falling under the remit of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Companies House hosts a publicly available registrar of companies in the UK. Companies can be searched by company name, company number or company director.

How to incorporate on Companies House?

UK companies need to be registered on Companies House where company information will be stored and made public. The company formation process can be done by post (longer and more expensive) or online and you'll receive a certificate of incorporation. You will need to:

What can you submit on the Companies House WebFiling service?

Running a limited company requires keeping a number of company documents and accounting records which need to be submitted to Companies House via its WebFiling service. HMRC may check these records with a compliance check to make sure your company is paying the right amount of tax. Companies House offer a number of forms to make online filings. These Companies House Services range from filing annual returns and annual accounts to updating director details. The full list of online forms offered by Companies House are organised by section below.

‍Confirmation statement and accounts

In this section you can upload the following documents:

Change registered office and location of company records

In this section you can upload the following documents:

Directors and secretaries

In this section you can upload the following documents:

Persons with significant control

In this section you can upload the following documents:

Share capital

In this section you can upload the following documents:

Change of name

In this section you can upload the following documents:

Mortgage charges

In this section you can upload the following documents:

Strike off and dissolution

In this section you can upload the following documents:

Amend an error on a previously filed document

In this section you can upload the following documents:

How to login to Companies House?

To log in to the Companies House webFiling service, simply go to https://ewf.companieshouse.gov.uk and enter your email and password.

You will also need an authentication code and your company number to log in. Once logged in you'll see your dashboard which summarises your company information and documents you have uploaded. You can manage eReminders to notify you when filings need to be made.

If you have any questions, contact enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk for assistance.

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The opinions on this page are for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice on which you should rely.

The opinions on this page are for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal advice on which you should rely.

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